County councillors up for achievement gongs

Stephen Castle

Peter Martin

Bill Dick

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THREE county councillors are in the running for awards by a local government think-tank.

Peter Martin, leader of Essex County Council, has been nominated for a Judges’ Special Award for his long-standing commitment to the authority.

The gong is part of the C’llr Achievement Awards 2013 from the Local Government Information Unit think-tank.

Also up for awards are Stephen Castle, councillor responsible for education, lifelong learning and the 2012 Games who has been nominated for Partnership Achievement of the Year, while Thundersley councillor Bill Dick could win a Scrutineer of the Year award.

Judges will now whittle down the shortlist to pick the winners, who will be announced at a ceremony on February 25.

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10:54am Tue 29 Jan 13

TheCaptain says...

Is it the 1st April
Is it the 1st April TheCaptain
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11:08am Tue 29 Jan 13

Boris says...

It is surprising they didn't give one to Paul White.
It is surprising they didn't give one to Paul White. Boris
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11:26am Tue 29 Jan 13

TheCaptain says...

I suppose they can claim expenses for attending the awards ceremony.
I suppose they can claim expenses for attending the awards ceremony. TheCaptain
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12:35pm Tue 29 Jan 13

wagger says...

Why should these people get awards for doing their jobs ! There are thousands of people doing great things for communities and charities who are unpaid and whose reward is the satisfaction of the work they do.
Why should these people get awards for doing their jobs ! There are thousands of people doing great things for communities and charities who are unpaid and whose reward is the satisfaction of the work they do. wagger
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1:22pm Tue 29 Jan 13

itsmyopinionthatcounts says...

wagger wrote:
Why should these people get awards for doing their jobs ! There are thousands of people doing great things for communities and charities who are unpaid and whose reward is the satisfaction of the work they do.
Well said, could not have agreed with you more.
[quote][p][bold]wagger[/bold] wrote: Why should these people get awards for doing their jobs ! There are thousands of people doing great things for communities and charities who are unpaid and whose reward is the satisfaction of the work they do.[/p][/quote]Well said, could not have agreed with you more. itsmyopinionthatcounts
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2:11pm Tue 29 Jan 13

hughie-s says...

It gets worse.........

One of the awards is the Bruce-Lockhart Member Scholarship......"es
tablished in recognition of the outstanding contribution to Local Government of former Kent County Council Leader and LGA Chairman, Lord Sandy Bruce-Lockhart. The winner of this category will be awarded a £10k bursary, funded by Kent, Essex and East Sussex County Councils, to complete a project to promote the case for localism and government at a local level. "
It gets worse......... One of the awards is the Bruce-Lockhart Member Scholarship......"es tablished in recognition of the outstanding contribution to Local Government of former Kent County Council Leader and LGA Chairman, Lord Sandy Bruce-Lockhart. The winner of this category will be awarded a £10k bursary, funded by Kent, Essex and East Sussex County Councils, to complete a project to promote the case for localism and government at a local level. " hughie-s
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3:31pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

And who has nominated these people? What a load of tosh!
And who has nominated these people? What a load of tosh! Say It As It Is OK?
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3:32pm Tue 29 Jan 13

perini says...

Can't think of 1 good reason why any of them should get anything!
Can't think of 1 good reason why any of them should get anything! perini
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3:37pm Tue 29 Jan 13

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Boris wrote:
It is surprising they didn't give one to Paul White.
His prize was bed and board at Her Majesty's pleasure and of course he kept his seat in The House of Lords alongside many like minded individuals.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: It is surprising they didn't give one to Paul White.[/p][/quote]His prize was bed and board at Her Majesty's pleasure and of course he kept his seat in The House of Lords alongside many like minded individuals. Say It As It Is OK?
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1:46am Wed 30 Jan 13

Boris says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Boris wrote:
It is surprising they didn't give one to Paul White.
His prize was bed and board at Her Majesty's pleasure and of course he kept his seat in The House of Lords alongside many like minded individuals.
Yes, true, he got his just deserts there. But Essex CC should have been pursuing him for his depredations at their expense, and they chose not to do so. So he got off very lightly.
Actually there is one councillor who deserves an award. This man was invited to lunch several years ago by the then leader of Essex CC, who put in an expense claim for £70 x 2 = £140. After the revelations about expenses, for which ECC did not pursue the disgraced former council leader, the councillor repaid the £140, not wanting it to remain on record that he was a beneficiary of Mr White's largesse with our money.
Regrettably I don't remember the name of this councillor, but it was in the news a few months ago, and it was a good gesture.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: It is surprising they didn't give one to Paul White.[/p][/quote]His prize was bed and board at Her Majesty's pleasure and of course he kept his seat in The House of Lords alongside many like minded individuals.[/p][/quote]Yes, true, he got his just deserts there. But Essex CC should have been pursuing him for his depredations at their expense, and they chose not to do so. So he got off very lightly. Actually there is one councillor who deserves an award. This man was invited to lunch several years ago by the then leader of Essex CC, who put in an expense claim for £70 x 2 = £140. After the revelations about expenses, for which ECC did not pursue the disgraced former council leader, the councillor repaid the £140, not wanting it to remain on record that he was a beneficiary of Mr White's largesse with our money. Regrettably I don't remember the name of this councillor, but it was in the news a few months ago, and it was a good gesture. Boris
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