Parish Clerk and a Councillor being handed a certificate by a third person.

Selattyn and Gobowen Parish Council receives Award in National Scheme

Selattyn and Gobowen Parish Council has received a prestigious award as part of the Local Council Award Scheme. This achievement recognises that the council achieves good practice in governance, community engagement and council improvement. Moreover, Selattyn and Gobowen Parish Council goes above and beyond their legal obligations, leading their communities and continuously seeking opportunities to improve and develop even further.

The Award Scheme report highlighted the council’s particular areas of strength, including “its clarity of information and the work that the Clerk has undertaken in the last year or so in setting up the new website which was extremely impressive”.

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. Selattyn and Gobowen Parish Council were successful in achieving the Foundation Level of the Award, following a panel interview attended by the Clerk and Chair. Amy Gregory, Clerk to Selattyn and Gobowen Parish Council, commented, “I’m delighted that we have managed to achieve this award and was very pleased with the positive comments made by the panel. It’s been a really worthwhile process and definitely one I would recommend to other councils. We will certainly consider going for the next level of the award in the future.”

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. Selattyn and Gobowen Parish 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 delivery services whilst being efficient and cost-effective. Currently the council provides a range of services from allotments, a community meals service, to the quarterly roundabout magazine and management of Hengoed Cemetery.