We are delighted to announce that Stone Parish Council has been awarded Quality Gold Status in a national award scheme that assesses standards of performance in governance, community service and development.

The Local Council Award Scheme offers three levels of accreditation, foundation, quality and gold, with a Quality Gold Award confirming that a council is at the forefront of best practice and achieves excellence in all areas.

According to the National Association of Local Councils, which administers the scheme, “Quality Gold councils provide leadership for their communities, bring people together, have excellent business planning processes, ensuring value for money as well as constantly seeking new innovations and opportunities to improve. They highlight the very best we, as a sector, can achieve for our communities.”

On reviewing the council’s submission, the panel praised the council’s comprehensive submission and commented how impressed they were with the council’s work.

This award represents a significant achievement for the council as one of only six in Kent to be accredited at Quality Gold level.

Chairman of the Council, Lucy Canham said,

“Receiving the news of our achievement was a fantastic way to start the new year.

The past few years have been very challenging, and our staff have gone to great lengths to maintain services and support the community.

This comes on the back of several initiatives that have been undertaken to deliver huge benefits to the parish, including development of the Stone Parish Neighbourhood Plan and a scheme to upgrade Stone Recreation Ground, construction of a new community facility and adoption of our three-year strategic plan.

We are delighted the panel have endorsed our performance at the highest level and will continue to uphold these standards to ensure the parish is well served.”