ARCH announced the winners of the ARCH Awards 2011 at its annual
Presenting the awards, Cllr Milan Radulovic, chair of ARCH and
leader of Broxtowe BC, thanked the judges and commented. 'The
annual ARCH Awards showcase the achievements of retained council
housing and the standard and volume of this year's entries was more
impressive than ever.'
More than 120 council tenants from across England gathered for this
year's conference in Milton Keynes on 19th May. The winners and
short-listed entries were as follows:
Exeter City Council won the ARCH Award 2011 for Innovation and
Sustainability. Exeter successfully bid for grant funding to build
21 new homes and worked closely with tenants to understand their
preferences in relation to sustainable housing.
Birmingham City Council and North Tyneside Council were
short-listed for this award.
Norwich City Council won the ARCH Award 2011 for Excellence in
Participation. Since 2009 Norwich has had a robust housing
improvement plan with a particular focus on tenant involvement
across the service. Through a number of different approaches, the
council has increased the number of tenants who are involved in
influencing services and they now make a systematic contribution to
service design and delivery.
North Tyneside Council and Warwick Council were short-listed for
For the first year ARCH has introduced a new category Tenant of the
Year. Cllr Radulovic said: 'This is for any tenant, not just tenant
representatives, who have gone above and beyond to improve the
lives of their neighbours and local community.'
Nikki Plummer, Lewes Council won the ARCH Award 2011 for Tenant of
the Year. Nikki has been instrumental in campaigning for, setting
up and helping to run a Credit Union/Debt Advice Surgery on the
Paul McGregor of North Tyneside Council and Michael Hewlett of the
London Borough of Croydon were short-listed for this award.