Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Council Eyes Green Apple Award

A south Essex initiative led by Thurrock Council has secured its second award this year.

Thurrock Council’s Private Housing Service has been notified it is among the major winners in the Green Apple Environment Awards — from over 500 nominations,

The service leads a sub-regional partnership, Warm and Healthy Homes in conjunction with five neighbouring councils, Basildon, Castle Point, Rochford and Southend.

This is the second time this year that the partnership has been recognised for its housing renewal and energy work. In May, the partnership secured £2,000 for being one of nine regional winners of the NEA Footprint Awards.

Thurrock, on behalf of the partnership, will be presented with their Green Apple Award at the House of Commons later this year.

They will also be joining the International Green Heroes, an elite group of environmental achievers who use their experience to help others – and the environment.

Over the last two years, the Warm and Healthy Homes Partnership has offered a range of options that can improve homes across the region, with over 3,000 residents being lifted out of fuel poverty.

Cllr Andy Smith, Thurrock Council’s portfolio holder for Housing, said: “This is just another example of how the council’s housing team works hard for the benefit of all our residents, not just the council’s tenants.

“To be recognised twice in one year for the partnership’s work is a great achievement and shows the council is committed to housing renewal and energy saving initiatives.”

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