Recession-busting councillor up for award

Roland Spencer
Roland Spencer

THE LEADER of the council responsible for several villages in the Dispatch district has been shortlisted for a national award for how he has balanced the books during the recession.

COUN ROLAND SPENCER (Con), pictured, of Gedling Borough Council, is in the running for a prize in the annual Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) and CCLA Councillor Achievement Awards, which will be held on Tuesday February 8.

Coun Spencer, who once stood against Paddy Tipping in a General Election to become Hucknall’s MP, has been leader of the council for seven years and lead member for finance for more than ten years. Gedling provides services to Linby, Newstead, Papplewick and parts of Bestwood Village.

He has been shortlisted for outstanding contribution to financial performance and is the only nominee from Nottinghamshire to reach this stage.

“It is a great honour to be recognised for the job you do,” said Coun Spencer, who is the uncle of Hucknall’s current Conservative MP, Mark Spencer. “This is not only recognition for my work but also for the work carried out by the council.

“Although money is the driving factor, it is essential to have planning and foresight. The success is the way in which the chief executive and I have built up a relationship with members and staff over a number of years.

“Together we have got through one of the toughest times in good shape and we are very proud of the service we offer to residents.”