THERE were celebrations all around as an authority was crowned Council of the Year at a national awards ceremony.
Arun District Council was presented with the accolade by impersonator Rory Bremner during the National Green Deal and Eco Awards, in London, last Friday.
The award was in recognition of Arun’s efforts to implement and promote green schemes across the district.
They fought-off stiff competition from five other councils across the UK to win the prize. Roger Elkins, Arun’s cabinet member for housing, said he believed reducing the district’s carbon footprint was important.
“We are all really proud of the work we do at Arun,” he said.
“We believe that reducing our carbon responsibility and increasing efficiency goes hand in hand with improving quality of life for all.
“Our investment in this area has enabled many of our more vulnerable residents to enjoy the benefits of the installation of high-efficiency condensing boilers, thus reducing carbon and more importantly having a real impact in reducing fuel poverty in the district.”
Other work done by Arun includes promoting home heating carbon reduction grants for residents.
Paul Dendle, the council’s cabinet member for environmental services, said: “Arun has been at the forefront of developing innovative eco schemes which have helped residents fight fuel poverty and preserve the environment.
“We will continue to help and encourage our residents to save money and fight climate change”