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NALC launches national awards to recognise community champions

The National Association of Local Councils (NALC) has officially launched its prestigious Star Council Awards for 2019 to recognise the achievements of the parish and town (local) council sector and celebrate the positive impact local councils, county associations, local councillors and clerks make to their communities.

NALC is now open to nominations and calling on local councils who have gone above and beyond to serve their community to apply. The awards are looking for individuals and organisations that are making a real, positive difference locally.

2018 Star Council Award winner, Northwich Town Council led a major regeneration of the town. The council worked in partnership with the local community to understand their needs during the planning of the regeneration.

Since the regeneration, Northwich is buzzing with free activities held in the parks, open spaces and town centre, including a community fun weekend, music festivals, family fun days and park-runs to name a few. The council has also improved the public realm of the high street to encourage more people to visit. It is now a street that is thriving with more people visiting shops and local businesses than ever before, leading to a boom in the local economy.

NALC is encouraging community champions who have gone above and beyond to make a positive local change to put themselves forward.

This year the categories include young councillor (aged 18-30), councillor, clerk, council and county association project of the year. 

NALC chairman, Cllr Sue Baxter said “This is the fifth consecutive year NALC has run the awards and we are expecting it to be our biggest and best yet. Local councils work on a daily basis to deliver vital services to their residents and the NALC Star Council Awards are a chance to celebrate all they do for their communities.”  

“I encourage every council, county association, councillor and clerk who thinks they have done something special for their community to put themselves forward. Have you got what it takes to be a winner?”

The deadline for nominations is Friday 28 June 2019, with the awards ceremony taking place at the NALC Annual Conference on 28 October 2019 in Milton Keynes. 

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