Shaftesbury Town Council has received a prestigious award as part of the Local Council Award Scheme, it is only the second Council in Dorset to achieve this level and one of only 43 in nationwide. This achievement recognises that the Council achieves good practice in governance, community engagement and council improvement. Moreover, Shaftesbury Town Council goes above and beyond its legal obligations, leading its communities and continuously seeking opportunities to improve and develop even further.
The Award Scheme report writes “We were impressed with the activity of the council and the step change made over the last few years. There is an energy and vibrancy to the town with a ‘can do’ attitude to realise the action plan and deliver change.”
The Local Council Award Scheme is a peer assessed programme that has been designed to both provide the tools and encouragement to those Councils at the beginning of their improvement journeys, as well as promoting and recognising Councils that are at the cutting edge of the sector. It is through the sector working together to share best practice, drive up standards and supporting those who are committed to improving their offer to their communities that individual Councils and the sector as a whole will reach its full potential.
Shaftesbury Town Council’s own Chairman was quoted as being delighted “On behalf of all councillors I would like to thank our office staff for the work they have done to get us to Quality Gold Standard. We are all committed to the continuous improvement of the Council working for Shaftesbury”.
In terms of the future, the Council is now reviewing ways in which it can keep on improving its offer to the local community and welcomes input from local people and partners on this. Shaftesbury Town Council and other local councils like it, are at the front line of the government’s localism agenda and are doing as much as they can to deliver services whilst being efficient and cost effective. Currently the Council provides a range of services from Allotments to Markets, Public Toilets to Cemetery, Swimming Pool to Play Areas. It wants to improve its community engagement through this.