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Wealden District Council has once again been shortlisted for a Local Government Chronicle Award.

These annual awards recognise councils that provide the best examples of Local Government innovation and service delivery. For 2020, Wealden has been shortlisted in the “Entrepreneurial Council” category alongside seven other councils.

Trevor Scott, Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted that our innovative approach to service delivery has been recognised by the LGC in the form of this nomination. As the LGC itself says, shortlisted councils have demonstrated outstanding practice as well as cutting-edge innovations.

Our commercial strategy has allowed us to take a more entrepreneurial approach to managing our finances and generating income. This continues to be achieved whilst delivering wider benefits to the Wealden community.”

The Council has undertaken a number of pioneering projects, and continues to do so, to meet its goal of being self-financing by 2021/22. Projects such as the building of Wealden Crematorium, the creation of Sussex Weald Homes, and the regeneration of Vicarage Field in Hailsham.

The shortlisted organisations will complete presentations and interviews in January 2020 to a judging panel. It will be made up of senior and influential figures within Local Government. The winners of the Awards will then be announced at a prestigious ceremony in London on 18 March 2020. More than 1,100 people from Local Government and its partner organisations will be in attendance.