Waddesdon Parish Council in Buckinghamshire has a small population of 1,500 residents, with a precept of £97,250. However, this council continuously punching above its weight.
Over the last few years, the council has become more active in the community and has been working with others to provide a range of different services. This collaboration work has led to several successful outcomes.
The council pushed to become a digital-first council, ditching the paper agendas by providing all their councillors with iPads and their own email addresses. This saved money on printing as well as improving communications amongst the council.
During the Christmas period, the council provided a Santa’s Grotto for the children of the village followed by Santa riding around the village on his sleigh. Christmas wasn’t only for the kids as the council put on a two course Christmas lunch for the over 60’s, with almost 100 attendees.
These events couldn’t have happened without the support of working with others and shows why partnership working is a vital part of day-to-day council work.