Hull and East Riding councils celebrate after picking up top awards

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 15 Mar 2019

Council bosses in Hull and the East Riding are celebrating after scooping top awards in the local government equivalent of the Oscars.

Hull City Council picked up the Driving Growth award in the annual Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Awards held in London. East Riding Council  took home the Public Health award.

However Hull's hopes of being named Council of the Year after being shortlisted were dashed when the title went to Wigan Council.

The city council had also been shortlisted in the Public/Private Partnership category for its work in the Fruit Market with developers Wykeland Beal.

The Driving Growth award was given to mark a turnaround in the city's economic and employment profile in recent years.

Deputy city council leader Daren Hale (centre) and the council's director Garry Taylor during a recent visit to Hull by Lord Mandelson (Image: HullLive)

The city is currently recording its highest levels of employment on the back of record levels of public and private sector investment, partially triggered by winning the bid to the 2017 UK City of Culture.

Deputy city council leader Councillor Daren Hale said: "We are very proud to have won such a prestigious award.

"Hull City Council has shown a commitment to building a sustainable economy and continuing to drive growth, and this award is testament to that commitment."

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