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Council Energy Detectives project shortlisted for prestigious national award

Tuesday 3 October 2017

A Council scheme to educate young people on the importance of energy efficiency was shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

(Left to right) Nicola McCall and Karen Bruce from MEA BC, presenter Louisa Preston, Leah Glass from the Public Health Agency, and Councillor Dr Mark McKinty.

The Energy Detectives project, led by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council in conjunction with colleagues in Causeway Coast and Glens, has been rolled out to 45 schools and more than 1,000 pupils to date.

The initiative aims to raise awareness of home heating costs, the cost of electricity, and how they contribute to fuel poverty.

Education on how households access free home energy checks, undertaken by Council’s Energy Efficient advisers, are also provided.

The project has proved hugely successful and was officially recognised by the Association for Public Service and Excellence (APSE) at its 2017 Service Awards.

A delegation from Mid and East Antrim Borough Council attended the awards ceremony in Oxford recently, where the Energy Detectives was nominated in the Best Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Initiative.

Chair of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Operational Committee, Councillor Dr Mark McKinty, was among those who attended the awards.

He said: “We were delighted that this innovative project has been recognised at a UK level.

“It was a huge honour to represent our Borough at the prestigious awards evening.

“Mid and East Antrim Borough Council prides itself on being a progressive and dynamic Council and is committed to championing projects such as this that benefit our citizens and Borough.

“As set out in Council’s Corporate Plan, we are working hard to maintain our reputation as a leading Council in service provision, both regionally and nationally.”

Chief Executive of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, Anne Donaghy, congratulated all of those involved in the project.

The initiative was funded by the Public Health Agency.

APSE is a not-for-profit local government body which works with more than 300 councils throughout the UK.

It promotes excellence in public services and is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.

Earlier this year Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Alderman Tommy Nicholl MBE was appointed Chairman of APSE in Northern Ireland.

Ald Nicholl, who is one of the region’s longest serving elected representatives, will occupy the post over the next two years, representing Northern Ireland on APSE’s National Council.

Photograph: (Left to right) Nicola McCall and Karen Bruce from MEA BC, presenter Louisa Preston, Leah Glass from the Public Health Agency, and Councillor Dr Mark McKinty.