Council Teams Honoured at Performance Awards
Denbighshire County Council is celebrating after one of its teams took top honours at a national industry awards ceremony, with another team making the final shortlist.
The Council’s Street Lighting team won the Best Performer Award for Street Lighting in the Association of Public Services Excellence’s Best Performer Award for Street Lighting. were up against teams from eight other councils, including several Welsh authorities. The Street Lighting team has been recognised as best performer since 2008.
The awards are benchmarked across the whole UK and typically involve at least 50 participating authorities within each service area. The finalists are normally narrowed down to around 6-8 finalists in each award category; best and most improved performer.
Denbighshire’s Catering Services, which is rated as being one of the UK’s six best catering services, made the final shortlist in the Education Catering category.
Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Lead Member for Environment, said: “Yet again we see these high performing teams making the shortlist for the prestigious APSE awards. These awards recognise achievements nationally and it’s a great feather in the cap for these teams to be recognised for service excellence.
“I’m delighted that the Street Lighting team has taken the top honour again. It reflects the commitment in Denbighshire to continue the drive for the best possible services for residents. To be recognised by industry experts is a real honour and I commend the team for their on-going efforts and successes”.
Councillor Julian Thompson-Hill, Cabinet Lead Member with responsibility for Assets, which includes catering services, said: “The service is already recognised as being one of the best in the country and consistently performs well at these ceremonies. To be shortlisted is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates the commitment of the team to providing a renowned quality of service in the county’s schools. Well done to the whole team”.
The winners were announced at an award ceremony held in Blackpool.
Changes at the Parish Church – Open meeting
The ancient and beautiful Parish Church needs some internal updating – and, as previously reported, the Parish Church Council are planning to combine this renovation (called “re-ordering” in the Church in Wales) with changes that would make it more useful and available to the community. The proposals include levelling the floor, installing under-floor heating, and insulating the roof. In the North West corner of the church, there will be toilets, a kitchen and a quiet room, with a mezzanine floor above. There will be changes to the orientation of the altar, and to the current seating arrangements. We hope the changes proposed will help it serve as a warm and welcoming venue not only for church services, but also for a wide range of other community activities for St Asaph. The PCC has recently been awarded a project development grant of £7300 by the National Churches Trust to work up plans for such a renovation.
There will be a second open meeting about the proposed changes to the Parish Church on Saturday February 25th at 10 – 12, in the Parish Church, with displays about the proposals, and a presentation given at 10.30 and 11.30. Refreshments will be provided, and all are welcome. In the meantime, the church is open daily, and a display board by the organ sets out the reasons for change, and what is proposed. Your comments and observations will be much appreciated!