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Team MEA praised for delivering a high-performing council

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston, has praised Team MEA under the leadership of Council Chief Executive Anne Donaghy OBE for their commitment to delivering frontline services to citizens throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, while ensuring the Council has been among the top-performing in Northern Ireland throughout the crisis period.

Elected Members at the January 2021 meeting of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council (MEABC) were updated on achievements in key service areas in the face of challenges following the UK-wide lockdown in March of last year, when MEABC invoked its Emergency Plan.

Councillors also heard how decisive action by Council during the Wrightbus job losses crisis in 2019 had helped secure recognition at a prestigious awards ceremony honouring local government across the UK last month.

MEABC was named the winner in the Best Innovation/ Demand Management Initiative category of the APSE Service Awards, which honour the contribution of local government frontline services and frontline service workers to public services delivered at a neighbourhood level by local councils.

Among the many significant achievements by Council during the coronavirus emergency was the securing of crucial funding from other statutory agencies to help citizens across Mid and East Antrim.

A wide range of interventions for the most vulnerable and isolated residents in the borough and almost 50 webinars offering support and guidance to local businesses affected by COVID-19, were also achieved throughout the period.

Through flexible and agile working across all Team MEA departments, an incredible £100,000 was delivered to help the most vulnerable people in our borough through the COVID-19 Community Support Grant Scheme, while our tireless #MEAStars employees helped distribute over 2,500 food parcels under the Department for Communities scheme.

Council’s dedicated and hard-working Waste and Environmental Health teams also helped ensure citizens received essential services despite the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Cllr Peter Johnston, said:

“I am delighted to say that, even with the impacts of the pandemic, the majority of our planned 2019/20 actions have either been achieved or are in progress.

“Council staff have shown incredible flexibility in adapting to the ‘new normal’. Elected members will continue to work together with Council staff to ensure that we continue to deliver the services which matter to our 140,000 citizens across the borough.”


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