Goostrey Parish Council has achieved a prestigious award as part of the Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS), gaining the Quality Gold award at the end of April. Receiving the Gold Award means that Goostrey Parish Council achieves good practices in governance and community engagement. It demonstrates that the council has gone above and beyond its legal obligations and shows a commitment to continuous improvement. Former Parish Clerk, Sharon Jones, worked hard during her time here and progressed the council from the Foundation Award through to the Quality Award at the end of last year, submitting the Gold award application just before she retired. We have let Sharon know about her success and have sent her our congratulations on this fantastic achievement.
The LCAS panel selected the following strengths from the council’s application:
- An impressive website that is easy to use and find information on the activities of the parish council
- Clear evidence of two-way communication between the parish council and local residents
- A parish council that is very open in the activities it undertakes and the decisions it makes
- Good use of social media
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.