Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Thanet District Council Officer is local authority hero

Paul Verrall, Landscape and Building Services Manager at Thanet District Council, has been named as a ‘local authority hero’ by Locality, the leading nationwide network for community-led organisations.

Locality’s Local Authority Heroes Awards celebrate the nation’s ‘local government heroes’ – the councillors and council staff who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support community organisations in their local area.

All the ‘heroes’ were nominated by local community organisations, and Locality members, in their local area.

Paul received his ‘local authority hero’ award at a ceremony in central London yesterday (30 June). He was nominated by Locality member Project MotorHouse for his work with them, and for the trust and strong relationships he has built up with the local community sector.

Janet Fielding of Project MotorHouse, a community organisation based in Ramsgate’s Central Harbour Ward and working to improve the local area, said they nominated Paul because: “He is a ‘can do’ person. And if he can’t facilitate the solution the community group wants, then he will consult with them to find another solution. He will come out in the evenings to talk to residents associations. He is conscientious and patient. There are a number of projects in Thanet that would have been stillborn if it had not been for Paul’s support. He exemplifies what a council officer should be.” Thanet District Council's Cabinet Member for Operational Services Cllr Mike Harrison, "It's fantastic that Paul has been recognised for going above and beyond his role. Our work with the community is important to the District and I'd like to congratulate him and extend my thanks for his hard work and commitment.'

Steve Wyler, CEO of Locality, said: “Our Local Authority Heroes Awards are designed to celebrate the local authority staff and councillors, such as Paul, involved in outstanding partnership working, and to say thank you to him and to them all, for all their work.”

The Local Authority Heroes Award winners were announced at Locality’s national policy symposium event, held at the RBS building on Bishopsgate, central London, on 30 June 2014.


  1. Well done Paul and FORS would like to echo Jan's comments

  2. Congratulations Paul, a very well deserved award. We at RTT are enormously grateful to you for enabling the way forward in the transformation of the Augusta Steps into the Ramsgate Rainbow Steps. We look forward to working with you on future projects too.

  3. well done Mr.V :-) i tip me 'At to ya! :-)


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