Council Shortlisted for council of the Year Awards

Published: 06 October 2017

Council of the Year

Helston Town Council has been short-listed for the National Association of Local Councils’ Council of the Year Award 2017. The Council was long-listed in September and has been informed that it has now been short-listed along with Farnham Town Council in Surrey and Halewood Town Council, Merseyside. The winner will be announced at the NALC Annual Conference on 30th October 2017.

During the past 12 months the Town Council has continued its ‘Helston & the Lizard Works’ project that was runner-up in NALC’s Local Council Project of the Year in 2016. This project, in partnership with Inclusion Cornwall, Active Plus, National Trust and Cornwall College is being replicated elsewhere in the County.

The Council has also continued to work in partnership with other local Town Councils to run the town’s CCTV system and monitoring. This year has been Helston’s turn to Chair and provide secretariat to the Management Group. Again, the partnership is regarded as a best practice model by the Devon & Cornwall Police & Crime Commissioner who is encouraging similar schemes elsewhere.

During the past 12 months the Council’s Monument Walk public realm project has come to fruition. Following much public consultation the Public Realm Board (consisting of councillors, local business representatives and members of the community) worked hard to manage the project making recommendations to the Town Council as the scheme proceeded. The freehold transfer of this public open space from Cornwall Council is progressing.

Town Clerk – Chris Dawson – said “It’s easy for local councils to be criticised, frequently for matters outside of their control, so it is a pleasant change to receive this recognition of the often unseen good work that we are doing”.

Councillor Gillian Geer – Town Mayor – added “It is a great pleasure to be part of a council run in such an efficient, productive and, in my opinion, happy way. Well done to everyone.”