Rochdale Borough Council has swept up at this year's Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) Performance Network awards, scooping the top spot in 2 categories.
The council's street cleansing team scooped first place in the most improved performer category for 'street cleansing', which is testament to the teams who have been out making sure the borough's streets and towns are maintained to the highest of standards.
The second win of the evening was awarded to the grounds maintenance teams, who won the most improved performer in 'parks, open spaces and horticultural services', with the service also nominated as best performer in the same category.
The borough's open spaces and green areas have been used more than ever, and this award recognises the provision of high-quality services and standards that residents and visitors to the borough have come to expect.
Grounds maintenance and litter removal were awarded 100 per cent in APSE's performance indicator reports, helping the service take the win.
The council was also nominated as a best performer for 'refuse collection', which goes some way to acknowledge the amount of excess waste the crews have had to deal with throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with no disruption to service.
Ranking as a best performer means that Rochdale has been chosen as one of only 6 leading local authorities, out of more than 200 across the UK – recognising the hard work and dedication of the council's teams and many committed volunteers and local groups.
Councillor Liam O'Rourke, cabinet member for environment and facilities, added: "How wonderful it was to hear that our frontline operational staff have been recognised in even more categories in this year's prestigious government awards.
"Our parks and open spaces are much-loved, and I know residents appreciate their meticulous upkeep by staff and volunteers. I'm also delighted that our street cleansing teams have taken the win for providing another first-class service, alongside the recognition for our waste crews as best of the best.
"Congratulations to all the teams and local volunteers involved. I'm sure I can say, we are all extremely proud – these wins simply reinforce just how wonderful our borough is."
Winners were announced at a charity awards dinner at the Village Hotel, Blackpool on the evening of Thursday, 2 December 2021.