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Posted: Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council have been awarded ‘The Best in Wales for Community Engagement’ award by One Voice Wales.
One Voice Wales is recognised by Welsh Government as the national representative body for Community and Town Councils in Wales, providing a wide range of services to 634 member councils representing approximately 8000 councillors. One Voice Wales mission statement is
“Working with local councils in Wales to shape places communities want to live in”
The award was planned to be presented at the fourth Innovative Practice Annual Awards Conference and Ceremony at Builth Wells, however, due to the COVID 19 crisis and Government restrictions put in place to address the national emergency, the event was cancelled.
Judging took place before the crisis and the Community Engagement Award was judged by Elle Henley-Herat Future Generations Commissioner Wales & Naureen Blanluet Co-production Network for Wales.
Cllr. Mike Theodoulou, Chair of Regeneration and Community Engagement said, " winning this award is a great honour and a recognition of how well this Council is working for the community. It has been made possible by the hard work and commitment of our staff and the support and in-put of Councillors from all sides"
Andy Bowley, a community member of the Economy Forum stated "As a local resident involved in one of the local Forums recently set up by the local council, I was delighted Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council has been recognised by One Voice Wales for its outstanding community engagement with this well-deserved award. The Council has been going above and beyond to listen, to respond, to engage with its community, and the impact has been exciting and impressive."
One Voice Wales noted ‘Pembrey & Burry Port Council is committed to real and effective engagement with the community. It has embarked on a programme designed to establish multi channels of communication with the residents and a structure which enables the community to fully participate in the decisions the Council takes.’