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.

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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.

24 comments

  • doh, had my script blocker on, got it now. Oh what a jolly indeed, I bet they knew their chances were zero before they even went. Not a picture in sight with cllr. Cottingham shaking hands with sheiks, what a shame, she is so photogenic. Self serving or what?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

  • don't know, put it into my search box and it cam,e back with server not found.. ah well, it was not that important as they really did not get anywhere, did they.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • LivCom allocate 20 presentations to categories Gold, Silver and Bronze. Those 20 in each category are then assessed and the top three are then awarded trophyies and 1st place gets the bursery. The fact that BDC got two golds and a bronze is meaningless - they ranked 20 and not much else. It is laughable how hyped up this is being portrayed by the council. It is also laughable how the chief executive spends more time talking about this than acknowledging the vulnerable staff.

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    Lupin

    Tuesday, December 4, 2012

  • Squandering money on nonsense like this is the reason local government should be cut down to size. They have become little empires funded by ever increasing council tax and think they can do what they like with our money! At the end of the day they are public servants and should be accountable for all expenses,just like MPs.!

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    Harry Rabinowitz

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • As all of the 'winners' were Cities, the question should asked why was they out there or has Broadland twinned with Norwich City council ?

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    nrg

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

  • Its just the attitude of these people,feeling they are justified in doing such things !

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • So it was a jolly after all ?. If all the bloggers and the EDP would like to read :-livcomawards.com2012-awardswinners.htm I cannot see where they have won any gold, silver, bronze or plastic awards. Please tell me if I am missing something ?.

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    "V"

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • Meanwhile back home those officers we need for our services are waiting to be made redundant, whilst cllr. Cottingham, known to carry no favours with some of BDC servants, had a jolly good time, with some plastic trophies to show for it.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • "two officers’ flights and hotel charges total more than £2,500 for taxpayers." Damn right it's more than! How much more than? 2 x return flights to UAE, taxis, food and accom for 2 x 7 days, we need to see exactly how much was spent. I bet the failed £10k bursary might just have covered it.

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    windup

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • ingo, you must have a duff browser, Firefox is the dogs dangly bits of search engines, as v said nowt for norfolk, so all made up for a sunshine jolly on the taxpayers back..thank the lord for internet, so these sunseekers can be found out.

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    nrg

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

  • Try telling the potential Redundant employees at BDC the you won 3 plastic awards, I bet they will be excitedly chatting amongst themselves about this magnificent achievement whilst in the Dole Queue !

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    Farquarson-Smythe

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

  • I have written to Liveable Communities who are based here in England to ask them to help me find the Broadland awards on their list of awards featuring on their website. We shall see what comes back.

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    alecto

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

  • If you dont like them or what they are doing, uSe your voting power people and don't vote for them at next parishdistrict elections......

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    Mollybobs

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • Ingo. Popeye managed to see the page. Why couldnt you ?.

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    "V"

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • ....and Murphy has been in singapore!

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    maryjane

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • So it was a jolly after all ?. If all the bloggers and the EDP would like to read :-livcomawards.com2012-awardswinners.htm I cannot see where they have won any gold, silver, bronze or plastic awards. Please tell me if I am missing something ?.

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    "V"

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • Gold Awards ?----It should be "Fools Gold Awards"

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    Orson Carter

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • If you dont like them or what they are doing, uSe your voting power people and don't vote for them at next parishdistrict elections......

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    Mollybobs

    Friday, November 30, 2012

  • OK I've checked this website where they list the winners and unless I need to retrain my labrador as a guide dog I cannot see Broadland appear anywhere. I consider this to be outrageous and if the EDP was in any way an investigative newspaper and not terrified of the Tories they would be investigating this. Three awards my foot. It is bad enough this female and her chums went off on a jolly but with no evidence to back up their proud boast that out of the whole world they won three awards. That is beyond shocking. If they have won three of those pieces of paper that downmarket restaurants have from some dodgy awards outfit then we need to know or if they have just won nothing at all we still need to know. Now do your job EDP, your readers have done all the donkey work, all you need do is print the truth......Go on......We're waiting.

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    alecto

    Sunday, December 2, 2012

  • Gold....County of Wicklow....Silver Putrajaya Malaysia.....Bronze....Yingge District Taiwan.....Bursary....Riviera beach USA......Special Jolly Award....Broadland District Council.

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    Rhombus

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • don't know, put it into my search box and it cam,e back with server not found.. ah well, it was not that important as they really did not get anywhere, did they.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • So BDC has won these imaginary awards and they will be able to display them on the tables in their entrance, or hang the certificates on the walls, to show us all what they have won, won't they. v, your link gets you nowhere, forgot a bit?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Its just the attitude of these people,feeling they are justified in doing such things !

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    Albert Cooper

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

  • Isn't it about time the Tories at Broadland stopped wasting council taxpayers' money on these pointless jollies. Can somebody point out what the actual benefits of these trips are to the residents of Broadland? One wonders what the real cost is - how many hours work by officers is involved in preparing for these trips? Every year we read about this Councillor and her globetrotting antics which are supposed to put Broadland on the map. How can these trips be justified in the current financial climate especially when we are constantly reading about staff redundancies at BDC? Yes, staff redundancies which, alledgedly, have been instigated by the globetrotting Councillor. Come on you Tories at Broadland - sort this out or you could just lose votes.

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    Quandary

    Saturday, December 1, 2012

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