Local Council Award Scheme


Winsham 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, Winsham Parish Council goes above and beyond their legal obligations, leading their communities and continuously seeking opportunities to improve and develop even further.

The Foundation Award Scheme report highlighted the council’s particular areas of strength, including its website as being welcoming and professional and how the Council’s mission statement is reflected through the work that the Council undertakes.  Other aspects of the application which were cited were the short summaries about each Councillor which really give a picture of who they are and the range of comprehensive policies – in particular the one for seeking professional advice and the one relating to officers’ delegated powers were noted.

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.

Winsham Parish Council’s own Chairman, Jason Stevens, says: “I am absolutely delighted with us receiving this award.  Over the past couple of years we’ve been working hard to ensure that the Parish Council is far more responsive and responsible to the electorate.  We’ve also put a lot of effort into over hauling all our policies and assets, and making sure everything we do is fit for purpose. We want to be seen in leading the way, and we won’t be resting on our laurels – we will be applying for higher levels of accreditation! I thank everyone involved with getting us this far”.

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. Winsham 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.