Hatherton and Walgherton Parish Council in Cheshire East are the latest council to be awarded under the Local Council Award Scheme (LCAS) with a Foundation Award. LCAS has been designed to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils and to provide a framework to support all local councils to improve and develop to meet their full potential. The scheme offers councils the opportunity to show that they meet the standards set by the sector, assessed them by their peers, and put in place the conditions for continued improvement. The Parish Council worked hard to complete the necessary paperwork and ChALC is delighted with their achievement.
NLAC held an online award ceremony on 8th October to announce the winners in five categories.
A big hand also to Chris Shaw, clerk at Northwich Town Council (also a finalist for the Clerk of the Year) and Councillor Nathan Pardoe, Mayor at Winsford Town Council (finalist for the Young Councillor of the Year). ChALC is immensely proud of your acheivement.
Please click here to view the Award Ceremony on YouTube and to read the finalists entries.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, and the Cheshire Association of Local Councils (ChALC) have been working together to find solutions to speeding across Cheshire following a county-wide survey.
ChALC conducted a survey earlier this year in order to get an idea of how much speeding affects parishes and towns across the county. The exercise found that a number of areas were desperate to put permanent solutions in place in order to bring an end to long-running problems, and the group has been working closely with Police and Crime Commissioner John Dwyer and his office.
ChALC and the Commissioner have been discussing a variety of measures to address the concerns that have been raised and are hopeful that significant progress will be made soon. One possible solution being explored is expanding the use of average speed cameras across the county; a measure included in the Commissioner's soon-to-be-published Police and Crime Plan.
Sue Baxter, NALC National Panel Chairman, will be the keynote speaker at the ChALC Annual Meeting on 20th October 2021. Sue will be reflecting on the highlights – and lowlights – of the last 5 years, and talking about the challenges facing the sector moving forwards.
Cllr Baxter was elected as NALC's first female chairman in December 2016 and is Chair of Wythall Parish Council and a member of neighbouring Alvechurch Parish Council, both in Worcestershire. She is also an independent member of Bromsgrove District Council.
Sue believes that local people understand the needs of their area best and by making decisions about the services they value, they can build stronger and thriving communities.
ChALC is delighted that our very own Jackie Weaver has been confirmed as one of the three headliners at this year's NALC Conference. Jackie will be joining Mick King (Local Government and Public Services Ombudsman), and Lord Evans (Committee on Standards in Public Life) who
will centre around three main themes; NALC's #MakeAChange campaign and diversity, public services, and civility and standards.
Jackie became an overnight viral sensation early in 2021 when footage of a council meeting, where she was standing in for the clerk, was shared extensively across social media. A trained counsellor, her calm approach and no-nonsense sensibility in the face of a difficult meeting has been much applauded and admired and – when not working as the ChALC Chief Officer – she continues to share her advice and wisdom across the airwaves and digital spectrum. Jackie is also an ambassador for Compassion in Politics .
Future Communities 2021 which takes place on 2 December 2021, will focus on why local (parish and town) councils are pivotal to building back stronger and better and shaping thriving, resilient future communities.