Cheshire West and Chester claims Municipal Journal's Best Achieving Council award
19 June 2015Cheshire West and Chester Council has been named winner of the ‘Best Achieving Council’ category at the annual Municipal Journal Awards.
The esteemed award highlighted the authority’s work to regenerate deprived communities, create new models of delivery, focus on prevention and create cultural change.
Judges said the Council was ‘utterly focused’ on improving outcomes for its residents and commented on its consistency in delivering innovative solutions across a wide variety of service areas. They highlighted an impressive track record for partnerships, commitment to economic growth and prosperity, and clear plans for the future.
The Municipal Journal Awards, which are recognised as one of the most prestigious events in the local government calendar, attracted entries from a record number of organisations this year.
Chairman of the Council, Bob Rudd, and Strategic Director, Charlie Seward, attended the event to receive the award from host for the evening William Hague.
Chairman of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Councillor Bob Rudd commented: "On behalf of the hard-working staff of Cheshire West and Chester Council I was pleased to be able to collect this important award.
"I would also like to acknowledge the significant role played by the Council's previous administration in this achievement, in particular the important personal contribution of Councillor Mike Jones."
Leader of the opposition, Councillor Mike Jones, said: “Winning this award so swiftly after the highly commended we received in the Local Government Chronicle ‘Council of the Year’ category shows the council has achieved a huge amount in the last seven years.
“Politicians have worked in partnership with officers to achieve substantial and real benefits for residents throughout the borough and I am extremely proud that our hard work has been recognised.”