COUNCIL officers are celebrating after scooping a national award.
Hartlepool Borough Council has been awarded the most improved NLIS Services Award at the 2014 Land Data Local Land Charges Awards for Excellence.
The national awards, which have been running for seven years, celebrate the work and achievements of local authority local land charges departments, which carry out land and property searches required for conveyancing transactions in England and Wales.
The winners of the awards were announced last night at an awards dinner held in Bristol presented by actor and presenter Shaun Williamson. Over 135 representatives from local land charges teams from around the country attended the awards dinner.
Council leader Christopher Akers-Belcher said: “It’s fantastic that Hartlepool Council has been recognised nationally for providing excellent land and property search services.”
Jan Boothroyd, chief executive of Land Data, said: “Land Data are delighted to be able to honour the excellent service from local government local land charges teams who are delivering outstanding results in the face of radical change and budget cuts.”