National award for Bloxwich project

Last updated: 11/03/2016 13:55:59

atcm An inspirational community project in Bloxwich and a Walsall Council employee are both celebrating after scooping two national awards in London this week. 

The Association of Town and City Management has announced the winners of its ATCM Awards at a prestigious ceremony at Central Hall in Westminster. The awards highlight the achievements of town centre managers, local authorities and organisations of all shapes and sizes across the UK and Ireland.

Bloxwich was awarded the ‘Building a Sustainable Town or City Centre Community’ award for its Sustainable City Orchard in Ashbourne Road.

The Community Orchard, which was created in 2012 was set up to help local people grow their own fruit which is then sold to raise funds that are reinvested in the town. The inspirational project was the brainchild of Bloxwich Business Partnership and its maintenance is coordinated by the council’s district centre management team.

Walsall Council employee Diane Mansell, was honoured as the Inspirational Leader of the Year award for her work as regeneration officer in the borough.

She said: "I'm over the moon with the award. Both myself and my colleague Nikki Rolls who supported the delivery of the Community Orchard in Bloxwich are grateful for the support of businesses and local community, without which neither of us would've won this award.

"I'd like to say a special thanks to the Aldridge community for nominating me."

Cllr Adrian Andrew, Deputy Leader for Walsall Council: “I’m delighted that Walsall borough has once again been recognised for the enormous amount of hard work that takes place in our district centres.

“There’s a lot to shout out about in our district centres and the Community Orchard in Bloxwich is just one example of that and I'm pleased for Nikki.

“Diane is a worthy winner of the Inspirational Leader of the Year award and we’re immensely proud of what she and the other members of our District Management team contribute to our towns.”

Shanaaz Carroll, Interim CEO of the ATCM said: “The ATCM National Awards are instrumental in providing recognition for the valuable programmes and projects that are being delivered by dedicated professionals to improve our high streets and town and city centres.

“The overall standard of the entries this year was really high and has once again highlighted the quality and variety of projects that are being undertaken. To win an ATCM National Award is a great achievement and recognition for the hard work, dedication and creativity that each person and each partnership has put in.”