The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) recently asked all of its 9500 members to submit applications for the Council of the Year and Project of the Year. This is the first time such an award has been offered. Hundreds of applications were submitted from across the country, these were whittled down by the judges to a long list and now FTC l has been informed that Frome is one of 3 in both categories. The final decision will be announced at an award ceremony in Birmingham on 27 October. Cllr Mel Usher will be attending on behalf of the Council!
The submission for Council of the Year emphasised how FTC has rethought its role from top to bottom, and had placed great emphasis on working with other local organisations. The Project was for the creation of the Energy and Recycling Officer’s role – thought to be one of the only such posts in the country. This has brought in over £90,000 to the area for a range of activities including a not for profit car club, the SHARE shop and support for local schools to cut energy costs and carbon.
Mayor Councillor Kate Bielby said;
“This is great news and is external verification of the exciting work which has been undertaken by the Town Council over the last few years. Many are quick to criticise, and we would be the first to admit that we don’t always get everything right, but the town should be proud of all of the hard work and dedication put in by the staff and the councillors. I hope we win!”
We will keep everyone updated with the outcome from the award ceremony later on in the month!