Knutsford Town Council has joined an exclusive club in being one under twenty town and parish councils in the country to be awarded Quality Gold Status as part of the Local Council Award Scheme. The scheme, operated by NALC, celebrates the success of the very best local councils and Knutsford is the first Town Council in Cheshire to receive the award.
The Town Council has joined Holmes Chapel Parish Council as the second council in Cheshire to be awarded Quality Gold status and Sandbach Town Council which has received the Foundation award under the same scheme.
“This award demonstrates the Town Council is at the forefront of best practice and demonstrates our commitment to excellence in governance, community leadership and council development” said Town Mayor, Cllr Jan Nicholson.
Town Clerk, Adam Keppel-Garner added “It is fantastic to be one of the first councils in Cheshire, and indeed across the country, to receive this award and is a testament to the excellent work of both our councillors and officers.”
The award was presented to the Town Council by Mayor of Cheshire East, Cllr Olivia Hunter, and Chairman of ChALC, Philip Jackson, as part of the Mayor’s Announcements at a meeting of Cheshire East Council.
The award panel in particular commended the Town Council on its website and the level of detail provided on the council’s activities and finances.
Ann Wright, Assistant Chief Officer at the Cheshire Association of Local Councils said “we congratulate Knutsford on obtaining Quality Gold Status, it’s the highest award level and an indication of the excellent working practices.”
“The council has worked hard to achieve the award and we offer our congratulations to the members and staff at the council and the community which is supporting them.”