AN East Renfrewshire councillor has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

David MacDonald, who serves as an independent, is in the running for the Community Champion title in The Cllr Awards, which celebrates the vital contribution made by elected members across Scotland.

More than 100 nominations were received across six categories for the awards, which are run by policy information service LGIU Scotland.

Councillor MacDonald, who represents Clarkston, Netherlee and Williamwood, has been recognised for his work in close collaboration with Netherlee Parent Council to help reduce speed limits around schools across East Renfrewshire.

He has also started various litter action groups in the local area.

Councillor MacDonald, 47, told the Barrhead News: “I am incredibly humbled and grateful to the members of the community who nominated me for the LGIU Councillor of the Year award in the Community Champion category.

“This nomination really is a recognition more of the residents I serve than it is of me, as it is them who work so well in collaboration with me as their councillor to make our area the best it possibly can be.

“Without their personal support and enthusiasm for our community, I would not be able to do this job as effectively as I do.

“I love representing my area and find a great sense of satisfaction that my community feels I am doing good work.

“One issue that is closest to my heart involves donating and volunteering my time by collecting clothes, baby equipment and toys from the local community in Eastwood and taking these to a charity my wife donates her time to.."

Jonathan Carr-West, chief executive of The Cllr Awards, said this year’s shortlist “showcases the best of local government.”

He added: “During a time when they have experienced unprecedented challenges and pressure, these councillors are true champions for local government and their communities.

“The last year has reminded each and every one of us of the effort and lengths to which councillors go to support their citizens. We were overwhelmed by powerful stories and experiences coming through the nearly 100 nominations received for councillors across Scotland.”

The winners will be revealed at an awards ceremony in Glasgow City Chambers on Wednesday, November 24.