The Local Council Award Scheme exists to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils, and to provide a framework to support all local councils to meet their full potential and it has recently been announced that Wem Rural Parish Council has been re-accredited with the Gold Quality Award.
The Accreditation Panel from Shropshire Association of Local Councils (SALC) met with the Chair, Clerk and Deputy Clerk on 12th July 2023 and once again commended the Council for our high professional standard which has been maintained.
Of particular note was the council’s passion, professionalism, enthusiasm and commitment and asked that their thanks be passed on to all the Parish Councillors.
Cllr Edwards commended on the recent accreditation by saying “Quality and excellence go hand in hand with enthusiasm and commitment to ensure that Wem Rural Parish Council is always leading with the front foot with the sole purpose of serving our community to the very best of our abilities.”
Achieving Quality Gold demonstrates how Wem Rural Parish Council is at the forefront of best practice and achieves excellence in governance, community leadership and council development.
Some of the ways that Wem Rural Parish Council has achieved these standards is around their succession planning and how new councillors and clerk is trained, along with an informal mentoring programme. Other ongoing priorities for Wem Rural Parish Council include supporting local businesses with free networking opportunities, commitment to health and wellbeing of residents by raising the awareness of NHS and other campaigns via social media and how councillors actively take part in consultations.
Other priorities for Wem Rural Parish Council is the commitment of protecting the local environment when regularly discussing local planning applications and making recommendations to improve biodiversity by installing bat and bird boxes.
Community engagement is also high on the agenda for Wem Rural Parish Council as we plan to develop the way we talk to residents online in addition to face-to-face appointments and meetings.
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