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Individual Service Awards 2017/18

Highlights are summarised below for awards received in 2017/18 - this webpage is updated during the year.

Essex - Best Museum

Colchester Castle received the 'Best Museum' award in the Essex Mums online awards. Overcoming tough competition from around the county, the win highlighted the Castle's range of educational and interactive displays for all ages, plus star exhibits such as the Colchester Vase and Fenwick Treasure. The news release is shown here.


Legal Services were re-accredited against this Law Society standard. Lexcel is the Law Society's legal practice quality mark for excellence in legal practice management and excellence in client care.

Green Flag Awards

Castle Park and High Woods Country Park have again both been awarded Green Flag Awards, recognising them as two of the best parks in the UK. Green Flags set a benchmark of standards for management and maintenance of publicly accessible urban and countryside parks, and promotes the community value of green spaces. The Castle Park also holds Green Heritage Site status.

The news release is shown here - here.

2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Colchester Borough Council and Visit Colchester were delighted to announce that five of its leading visitor attractions have been awarded this accolade from the public - Colchester Castle, Castle Park, Hollytrees Museum, the Natural History Museum and High Woods Country Park.

The news release is shown here - Five Colchester attractions awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

GeoPlace - national Exemplar Gold award

Gold Performance Award for Address Data - for consistently maintaining the highest level of data quality. The Exemplar Awards recognise excellence in local authority business-critical data creation of Address data, known as a Local Land and Property Gazetteer (LLPG) and Street data, known as a Local Street Gazetteer (LSG).

Only 12 authorities in the east of England achieved this Gold standard.

Planning Awards, Planning Magazine

The Creative Centre was a finalist in the category promoting Economic Growth. It was one of just five projects to make it onto this country-wide shortlist.

MJ awards

The Council was shortlisted as one of the six finalists for the 'Commercialism in the Property Estate'category. This was for CBC's 'Ultrafast and Ultraready' innovative economic growth projects - these aim to enhance the lives and opportunities for residents, encourage greater inward investment, and seek to generate sustainable revenue streams for the Local Authority; enabling further investment and fostering a long-term vision for development and prosperity projects.

Essex Digital Awards

Leisure World, Colchester Events, and The Museum Service were all nominated as finalists in this year's Essex Digital Awards for their new websites.

Colchester Leisure World earned the Bronze award in the 'Website: sports and entertainment' category. The news release is shown here - Leisure World's website wins Digital Award.