Local councillor ‘highly commended’ at awards
Hertford Ward borough councillor Godfrey Allanson came second -
‘highly commended’ for the ‘judge’s special award for
contribution to local government’ in the LGiU Councillor Awards
2012, held on Monday 27 February in London.
The LGiU Awards recognise the vital contribution that
councillors make to local democracy and to their communities.
Fellow councillors and officers at Scarborough Borough Council
nominated Councillor Allanson for the judge’s special award in
recognition of his forty four and a half years as a councillor, six
years with former Bridlington Rural District Council and thirty
eight and half years with Scarborough Borough Council.
Councillor Allanson narrowly missed out on the award which was
won by Councillor Joan Barton of Sheffield City Council. She
scooped the title as judges were particularly impressed with the
balance that Councillor Barton has maintained between spearheading
large-scale policy projects and devoting time and attention to
residents in her ward.
Cllr Godfrey Allanson, in response to coming second, said:
“We had a fantastic time at the awards ceremony and I feel so
moved by the kind things people have said about me and for being
nominated for this prestigious award.
“Although I didn’t win, it is still a huge honour for me and
Scarborough to have been nominated, and come second, out of all
England. I am proud to be able to say I’ve served the borough of
Scarborough for so long.”
As well as the many committees and projects Cllr Allanson has
led or been involved in during his four and half decades in local
government, which have seen him representing the borough throughout
the UK and Europe, he is also an active volunteer in his home
village of Muston, championing the famous Muston Scarecrow Festival
for many years and even taking on the role of unpaid public clock