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Day Out With The Kids has awarded Colchester’s Natural History Museum ‘The Best FREE Family Day Out’ in the East of England. More than 25,000 families voted for their favourite attractions in the 2019 awards. November 2019.
Leisure World Colchester’s Lynn Williamson won a prestigious Royal Life Saving Society award for her 30 years of service - 2nd Bar to the Service Cross. Lynn teaches future lifeguards lifesaving skills, including First Aid, CPR and how to use an AED (defibrillator). November 2019.
The Council was shortlisted with three other local authorities as finalists in the ‘Benefits and Welfare Reform Team of the Year’ and ‘Most Improved Team of the Year’ – after impressing judges with the team’s high standards of service and strong focus on customer service. October 2019.
NEPP’s 2017/18 Annual Report was Highly Commended in the Innovation and New Services category “where authorities have delivered examples of an innovative approach or new scheme to improve traffic management, in order to better meet the needs of the community”. July 2019
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. Colchester’s Cemetery and Crematorium also achieved Green Flag status. Green Flags set a benchmark of standards for management and maintenance of publicly accessible urban and countryside parks, and they promote the community value of green spaces. The Castle Park also holds Green Heritage Site status. July 2019.
Colchester’s commitment to raising awareness of the benefits of Fairtrade products in the community has been recognised with a Fairtrade Town certificate – for the 13th year running.
Colchester first received its Fairtrade Town accreditation in 2006. The certificate is awarded by The Fairtrade Foundation, which works to empower disadvantaged producers in developing countries by promoting and licensing the Fairtrade Mark – the symbol of the international Fairtrade system and most globally recognized ethical label. July 2019.
A major report, which spotlights CBC’s ambitions to build more council houses, was launched at the Local Government Association’s annual conference. It commended CBC for the “full commitment of its Cabinet to increase the level of affordable housebuilding” and as a good example for managing, and being realistic about, risk. It describes the Council as having “a healthy approach to borrowing,” as it has modelled its debt projections from the additional borrowing over the next 30 years “to show the capacity to carry out a more ambitious programme of building.”
Pam Nelson, CBC's Travel Plan Co-ordinator has been named as one of the top 100 women to have encouraged others to get on their bikes at the Cycle UK Awards. June 2019
These awards recognise best practice and outstanding address data management by local authorities. Land, property, street and address information is used to connect different services across the council – giving communities and individuals a ‘property-level view’ of the services available to them. May 2019
When Property Week revealed this year’s top office locations outside London, Colchester had jumped 34 places - up to 48th from 82nd in the 2018 UK rankings. Location strategist and data analyst experts CACI put together the Hot 100, a ranking of the best new and secondary office locations across the UK, excluding London. To compile the ranking CACI assesses 373 UK locations, taking into account a number of variables. . May 2019
Legal Services have been 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. May 2019
Colchester Museums won the Best Holiday Workshops category for its programme of children’s events across its three museums - Colchester Castle, Hollytrees Museum and the Natural History Museum..These awards recognise and celebrate the people and activity organisers that go above beyond to entertain, educate and inspire your children.
Workforce Transformation category – Housing Benefits Team (1 of 6 finalists)
Delivering Better Outcomes category – Digital Access Support Team (commended)
Rising Star category – Lily Etherington, Housing Benefits Caseworker (commended)
Held annually since 2004, The MJ Awards celebrate the best of local government services and personnel – with contestants judged by influential commentators from the private and public sectors. April 2019