#Southend-on-Sea Borough Council - Best in Britain!
16th March 2012
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Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has been judged the 'Best in Britain' after being given the prestigious award at the Local Government Chronicle Awards ceremony earlier this week.


It was a welcome decision by Southend Council members, who have seen their organisation nominated, but not winning for the previous two years, as well as narrowly missing out on being named  'Most Improved Council of the Year' in 2010. 


Judges selected Southend for a number of reasons including; continuing to provide high quality services despite financial constraints; doing this by effective streamlining of back office functions; delivering capital investment projects such a Southend Swimming and Diving Centre; and working towards recognition as the cultural capital of the East of England.


In naming the winner, judges commented: "The winning Council has shown sustained progress over a number of years, passing clear milestones. It has gone beyond basic service provision, adding significant value and demonstrating visible impact for the community." 


Southend-on-Sea Borough Council Leader, Councillor Nigel Holdcroft added: "This award is a huge honour and is a tribute to the work of huge numbers of people who together are all helping to create a Better Southend. 


"We are extremely proud of everyone who has helped us reach this magnificent achievement, which is the result of real team effort between staff, residents and partner organisations.


"The contributions of everyone are enabling the Council to deliver very high levels of service, despite the current financial pressures. 


"In the midst of a very difficult economic climate, it is even more of a boost to be judged the very best Council in the country. Congratulations to all." 


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