Council leader up for ‘leader of the year’ gong at prestigious awards

The leader of Perth and Kinross Council has been nominated for the leader of the year gong at the 2020 Cllr Awards.

Murray Lyle will go up against Cllr Jenny Laing from Aberdeen City and Cllr Douglas Reid from East Ayrshire.

Cllr Lyle told the Perthshire Advertiser his nomination was “a reflection of all elected members and, in particular, the outstanding officers”.

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And he believes how the council dealt with the 2 Sisters food plant coronavirus outbreak and projects such as the Cross Tay Link Road netted him the nomination.

He said: “It’s nice to be nominated.

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“I am shocked and surprised, not to mention humbled, to be in the company I am in.

“We have excellent officers at Perth and Kinross Council who have managed to cope with everything we have had to cope with, particularly over the past six months.

“This includes the likes of the flooding in Perth, the 2 Sisters outbreak and how we have worked with not just other local authorities, but with other partners.

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“I was delighted to get the 200 jobs at Thermo Fisher and get the likes of the Cross Tay Link Road through and I think it’s projects like that which show the ambition of the council and our ambition for Perth, and that’s possibly one of the reasons I have been nominated.”

Cllr Lyle revealed the council’s handling of the 2 Sisters outbreak in Coupar Angus was now being held up as an example of good practice.

“There has been a study done on how we reacted and it’s being used as an exemplar for how to react,” he said.

Run by the Local Government Information Unit (LGIU) in partnership with CCLA, the Cllr Awards are the only national ceremony to celebrate the vital contributions of our councillors.

This year marks the third year of showcasing the achievements of councillors across Scotland.

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