OSWESTRY Town Council’s work with young people is one of the main drivers behind the winning a prestigious award, it has announced.

The council has received an award as part of the Local Council Award Scheme that recognises its good practice in governance, community engagement and council improvement.

The award recognises that the council ‘works beyond its legal obligations’, leading its communities and ‘continuously seeks opportunities to improve and develop even further’.


New mayor Councillor Mike Isherwood picked up the award from Councillor Katrina Baker, President of the Shropshire Association of Local Councils, at the Guildhall this week.

He said: “I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of my fellow Councillors and the council staff.

“I am particularly pleased that our work to support Oswestry’s young people has been recognised.”

The award scheme report highlighted the council’s high standards of operation and in particular ‘the incredible work you’re doing with youth provision’, addressing social isolation and the ‘wonderful idea’ with the ‘Letters to Heaven’ post box in the cemetery.

The Local Council Award Scheme is a peer assessed programme that has been designed to both provide encouragement to those councils at the beginning of their improvement journeys, as well as promote and recognise councils that are at the cutting edge of the sector.

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A council spokesman added: “In terms of the future, the council is reviewing ways in which it can keep on improving its offer to the community and welcomes input from local people and partners on this.

“Oswestry Town Council and other local councils like it, are at the front line of the Government’s localism agenda and are doing as much as they can to delivery services while being efficient and cost-effective.

“Currently the council provides a range of services from allotments to youth services, and free bus services to major events.”