10/04/17: Breckland Council named a finalist in prestigious national awards

10 April, 2017

Breckland Council is in the running to scoop a prestigious national prize after being named as a finalist in the Municipal Journal (MJ) Awards 2017.

MJ Awards 2017 finalistThe council has been shortlisted in the Commercialism in the Property Estate category. It recognises local authorities which demonstrate innovation, collaboration and commercialism in its estate while creating revenue income from its property assets.

Having now been shortlisted, representatives from the council will deliver a presentation to the category judges later this month, before hearing whether the council has won at the grand final in June.

Breckland will compete against Broxbourne Borough Council, Buckinghamshire County Council, Colchester Borough Council, Eastleigh Borough Council, and Rushcliffe Borough Council.

Breckland Council Leader Cllr William Nunn commented: "We have recognised for some time that local government needs to think more commercially in order to diversify income and support local services, so I'm absolutely delighted that Breckland Council has been shortlisted for this award.

"The council's investment property portfolio of around 200 properties brings in around £2.5m income each year, which is around the same amount as we receive from council tax. This commercial investment approach means we can keep the financial burden off residents and we continue to charge the lowest district council tax in the country.

"As a forward-thinking council we are also always looking at how we can improve and do things differently. Our innovative Breckland Bridge partnership recently delivered the £8m Thetford Riverside scheme, which will help to regenerate the town and bring economic benefits. The partnership is also on track to deliver two brand new housing schemes, which will support local growth and help to meet housing demand."