Broadland’s seven day United Arab Emirates trip yields three awards - but fails in bid for a £10,000 bursary

PUBLISHED: 18:53 30 November 2012

Jo Cottingham, deputy leader of Broadland District Council

Jo Cottingham, deputy leader of Broadland District Council

A council team who flew out to the United Arab Emirates for an international awards ceremony has secured three honours - but failed in their bid to secure a £10,000 bursary.

Broadland District Council came under-fire last week after it was revealed deputy leader Jo Cottingham and two officers were spending seven nights in a five-star hotel in Al Ain, where the International Awards for Liveable Communities, known as the LivCom Awards, were being held.

Mrs Cottingham is to cover her own costs, while the two officers’ flights and hotel charges total more than £2,500 for taxpayers.

The team were competing in five categories and said they needed to visit to make their presentations.

The authority’s retro-fit project and work to open up Newman Road Woods, both in Rackheath, secured gold awards, while the district as a whole received a bronze award.

Susan Flack, a Broadland employee, attended in her spare time as a LivCom judge.

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