A Lambeth councillor who has served the borough tirelessly for 16-years has received a prestigious local government award for her hard work in the community.
Cllr Jackie Meldrum, Cabinet Member for social services, was named the LGIU think tank’s Community Champion of the Year for 2015. The award was announced on Monday night in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour at Westminster City Hall.
Dame Tessa Jowell MP, who nominated Cllr Meldrum, said Jackie’s dedication to her West Norwood ward had earned her the plaudit “Councillor Norwood” among those who had benefited from her work.
Dame Tessa said: “Jackie has been a huge advocate for the West Norwood area… she has been instrumental in transforming a once overlooked part of the borough into a desirable and vibrant place to live.
“Much of the rejuvenation West Norwood has enjoyed in recent years simply wouldn’t have taken place without Jackie’s unwavering drive to improve the area she represents.
“She is very well known and well liked on West Norwood’s housing estates and is always meeting with residents, listening to what they want for their area, and pushing hard to make that vision a reality.”
The judging panel recognised her work with residents on the popular monthly West Norwood Feast, with colleagues on the deal to bring Picturehouse cinemas to the area and in improving West Norwood’s main shopping area with new shop-fronts and road layouts.
Most notably, they acknowledged the huge contribution she made to bringing a new leisure centre to West Norwood. The centre, which opened last year, aims to improve the overall wellbeing of the local community and brings a health centre and dental school for West Norwood under one roof.