Call for increase in award nominations

The 2013 Morpeth Civic Award winners and sponsors with 2012/13 Mayor Mark Horton, left front, and current Mayor Joan Tebbutt, right front.
The 2013 Morpeth Civic Award winners and sponsors with 2012/13 Mayor Mark Horton, left front, and current Mayor Joan Tebbutt, right front.
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COUNCILLORS will be more proactive in trying to increase public engagement with an event which honours community champions.

The second Morpeth Town Council Civic Awards ceremony since a revamp of the event, formerly known as the Citation Awards, took place at the Town Hall in May.

Although it went very well on the night, the number of nominations was smaller than the previous year – 21 for 2013 and 30 for 2012.

Only a few of them came from councillors, so they have been asked to put forward names for each category between them.

And during a discussion about the awards at a meeting of the authority, Coun Bob Robertson said: “I think it would be useful for us (councillors) to approach all the organisations and community groups in the town and speak to them about nominations rather than just sending them a standard letter.

“We can also ask the people who have won a civic award for their opinion about who else would be deserving of such an accolade.”

There were six categories for this year’s event and the public had the final say on who won the Community Award. They could vote on the shortlist in person or via the council’s website.

Coun Andrew Tebbutt said there were issues that need to be addressed for next year because the authority could not be sure that people who live and work outside of Morpeth had voted for this award and only one online vote per household computer IP address was allowed.

The council’s communications group will review this procedure and report back to the full council.