Swindon Borough Council's Bazil Solomon has been shortlisted for the Community Champion category.
For the 12th year running, the Cllr Awards are the only national ceremony to celebrate the vital contributions of councillors. As communities continue to recover from the pandemic, these awards are a way to champion what local councillors do for their communities.
Aside from Cllr Bazil Solomon, the LGIU and CCLA have announced that the following councillors have also been shortlisted for the 2021 Cllr Awards:
- Cllr Bridget Petty, North Somerset Council for Environment and Sustainability Pioneer
- Cllr Mark Canniford, North Somerset Council for Resilience and Recovery
Competition was said to be tight this year with a record number of over 400 nominations received across seven categories that celebrate the varied work of councillors. Some of the awards up for grabs include Resilience and Recovery -new for 2021- alongside the coveted Community Champion, Leader of the Year and Young Councillor of the Year awards.
The winners will be decided by a panel of judges composed of senior councillors and officers as well as leading stakeholders from across the sector. The winners will be revealed at the Cllr Awards ceremony taking place on Wednesday, 1 December from 6.30pm until 9pm at Camden Council, Five Pancras Square, London.
The ceremony will also be broadcast live on YouTube.
This year’s awards are made possible thanks to the support of founding partners CCLA.
Jonathan Carr-West, Chief Executive, LGIU said: “This year’s Cllr Awards shortlist showcases the best of local government. During a time when they have experienced unprecedented challenges and pressure, these councillors are true champions for local government and their communities.
The last year has reminded each and every one of us of the effort and lengths to which councillors go to support their citizens. As such, we were overwhelmed by powerful stories and experiences coming through the over 400 nominations received for councillors across England and Wales.
Our most sincere congratulations to all of those councillors shortlisted. We look forward to unveiling the winners on Wednesday, 1 December.”