Let’s work together and get the hat trick!”, that’s the rallying call from Congleton Town Council leader, Cllr Bob Edwards after Congleton received the ‘Best Kept Large Town in Cheshire’ for the second year running at this year’s Cheshire Community Pride Awards. Congleton also picked up an award for Best Kept Community Web Site for www.congleton-tc.gov.uk and a Little Gem award for the Jubilee Fountain in Congleton Park at the award ceremony held in Middlewich on Thursday 4th October The Community Pride Awards are organised by Cheshire Community Action and are open to towns and villages across East Cheshire, Cheshire West and Chester, Halton and Warrington. 44 towns and villages entered the competition and judging was carried out through unannounced visits between April and August. Councillors Bob Edwards, Douglas Parker and David Brown attended the award ceremony on behalf of Congleton. Councillor Bob Edwards said: “This is great news for Congleton.
For two years running we have been awarded Best Kept Town in Cheshire (population 10,000 to 30,000). That’s a great achievement and reflects the hard work of so many people who believe in Congleton and work hard to make our town an attractive place to live, work and visit. “I would like to thank all the volunteers who helped to plant, weed and litter pick, the businesses and organisations that supported local initiatives and worked hard to make their areas attractive, Tim, Albert and Ian who put in hours of work in the Community Garden, the town handymen and Cheshire East Streetscape for their continuous efforts. Retaining our title for the third year running will be a real challenge, but with the help of local people I believe it is achievable.” Fiona Bruce MP added: “It was tremendous to be at the Community Pride Awards to see Congleton win the Large Town Award. Once again it made me very proud to be MP for Congleton.” Congleton has previously won the Best Kept Large Town (population 10,001 to 30,000) six times, winning in 1997, 1999, 2001, 2006, 2007 and 2011. The 2012 winners’ plaque will be displayed in the Community Garden in Lawton Street. The Best Community Web Site went to ww.congleton-tc.gov.uk which is managed by the Town Council on behalf of the town.
Last year www.mybeartown.com.uk took first place. Congleton is fortunate to have two very successful web sites promoting the town. The Little Gem award is given to areas that the judges think are outstanding. The jubilee fountain in the park caught the judges attention – no doubt helped by the fantastic planting all around it including the Jubilee Plaque planted by Congleton guides and brownies. The Town will hear the results of the North West in Bloom awards on Thursday 25th October at a ceremony in Southport; then planning will start in earnest for next year’s competitions. If you are interested in being part of the town team contact 01260 270350.