Top award for Higham Ferrers Town Council

Cllr Derek Lawson MBE
Cllr Derek Lawson MBE

A town council has won a top award for good practice and always looking for new ways to improve and develop further.

Higham Ferrers Town Council has received the award as part of the Local Council Award Scheme.

This is great news and a true reflection of the hard work and professional behaviour of the town council and its staff

Cllr Derek Lawson MBE

The award recognises that the council achieves good practice in governance, community engagement and council improvement.

The town council also goes above and beyond its legal obligations, leading its communities and continuously seeking opportunities to improve and develop further.

Leader of Higham Ferrers Town Council, Cllr Derek Lawson MBE, said: “This is great news and is a true reflection of the hard work and professional behaviour of the town council and its staff.

“The town council is delighted and proud to be the first council in Northamptonshire to receive this award.

“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.

“Higham Ferrers Town Council, and other local councils like it, are at the frontline 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 play areas and open space to public toilets and a farmers’ market and wants to improve its community engagement through this.”

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.