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Council shortlisted for two prestigious awards

by Guy Murphy

Knowsley Council has been shortlisted for two awards at this year’s Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards – in the Council of the Year and Public/Private Partnership (for the Shakespeare North Playhouse) categories.

The Awards identify, celebrate and help to spread the finest examples of innovation and quality delivered by councils on a daily basis.  The annual event is the biggest celebration of excellence in local government.

Knowsley Council is one of five local authorities shortlisted in the “Council of the Year” category and is the only shortlisted local authority located in the North of the country.

The Council of the Year submission highlights Knowsley Council’s clear vision to support those in need, develop inclusive skills and growth, and tackle the climate emergency.  All of this is underpinned by well-established “Knowsley Better Together” principles which unify communities and businesses to work together to achieve more than they could alone.  The submission also includes how the Council is delivering a better and more prosperous place for generations to come.

The submission for the Public/Private Partnership award highlights the effective partnership between the Council and the Shakespeare North Trust in delivering and operating the iconic cultural venue in Prescot town centre – Shakespeare North Playhouse.

The project served as a catalyst for the town’s transformation into a cultural destination complete with a burgeoning evening economy.  A shared infectious enthusiasm for the project led to partners, funding and celebrity supporters joining the transformation journey.  Now, the Playhouse attracts thousands of people into Prescot, new businesses are opening in the town, an engaging cultural programme is being delivered, and hundreds of jobs have been created to boost the local economy.

Mike Harden, Chief Executive at Knowsley Council, said, “I am delighted that we have been shortlisted for two prestigious LGC Awards.

The Council is ambitious for our Borough and we are continuing to deliver for the benefit of everyone who lives, works, visits or invests in Knowsley.

We are all pleased to have our excellent work recognised nationally.”

The Council is now progressing through the next phases of the judging process and the winners will be announced on 12 June 2024.

You can read the full shortlist for the LGC Awards 2024 here.