Walmer Parish Council has received a prestigious award as part of the Local Council Award Scheme. This achievement recognises the Council achieves good practice in governance, community engagement and council improvement. Moreover the Council goes above and beyond its legal obligations, continuously seeking opportunities to improve and develop even further.

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.

Cllr Pat Heath, Chairman of Walmer Parish Council says “As one of only twelve Town and Parish Councils to receive this award out of a total of 316 in Kent we are delighted to accept it. It is testament to the hard work, energy and enthusiasm of the Parish Clerk, Kirsty Holroyd and her colleagues along with the Councillors of Walmer Parish Council and proves our commitment to the local community. Currently the Council provides a range of services from managing its open spaces at Hawkshill Freedown, the allotments at Campbell Road, York & Albany Close and the Drill Field and all weather pitch in Cornwall Road to considering more than 120 planning applications each year.  We also organise the Brocante, Kites on the Beach, Picnic on the Green and Walmer in Bloom. Our Finance Committee ensures all our governance procedures are robust and our accounts are fully audited. The budget for 2018/19 and accounts for 2016/17 are available for inspection in the Parish Office. In terms of the future, the council is constantly 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.”

Terry Martin, the Chief Executive of the Kent Association of Local Councils who presented the award to Cllr Heath says, “Walmer 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 deliver services whilst being efficient and cost-effective. We congratulate them on their efforts and encourage other local councils to follow their example by striving to achieve the award too.”