A BURNLEY councillor has been shortlisted for a national award in recognition of his work.

Cllr John Harbour was nominated for the 'councillor of the year' in the 'Place Shaping and Environment' category of the national Local Government Information Unit awards.

He was shortlisted for his work on environmental improvement schemes to boost the borough’s housing market.

Among the projects he has overseen as executive member are the empty homes programme which sees long-term vacant houses bought by the council, refurbished and sold on.

Cllr Harbour is the council's deputy leader and executive member for housing and environment and is responsible for parks and green spaces.

Cllr Harbour said: "It’s an honour to be shortlisted for this award.

"This is as much a recognition of the hard work of council staff, volunteers and others to improve our communities as it is of my contribution.

"I’m proud of my town and I want to see it prosper.

"Providing good quality homes and attractive parks and green spaces are the most basic of building blocks that will help ensure our future."