Awards & Accreditations

Quality Award - Local Council Award Scheme

Local Council Award Scheme

We have been awarded the Quality Award for demonstrating that we operate good practice in governance, community engagement and council improvement.

To achieve this award, we have demonstrated that we meet the minimum required standards for the Foundation Award. In addition, we have shown that we go above and beyond our legal obligations, effectively lead the communities in our parish, and are continuously seeking opportunities to improve and develop even further.

We are now working towards the Quality Gold Award.

Find out more about the Local Council Award Scheme.

White Ribbon Supporter Organisation

At the 1st November 2021 Full Council meeting, Councillors unanimously voted to:

  • sign up to become a White Ribbon Supporter Organisation
  • to make White Ribbon Day part of the Civic Calendar
  • to encourage all Councillors and staff to take the pledge

Domestic abuse happens throughout every level of society, regardless of health, wealth and status. Abuse and violence are a choice and there is no excuse for them.

Find out more about the White Ribbon Campaign.

Plastic Free Coastline Status

In 2017, Penzance became the first town in the UK to achieve the Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) Plastic Free Coastline status.

We are delighted to be working closely with Plastic Free Penzance to continue working towards minimising our town’s contribution to plastic pollution.

Find out more about Plastic Free Penzance

Pride in Parks Award 2022

Penlee Park has once again been awarded five stars in the Pride in Parks Award by South West in Bloom, one of eighteen competitions that make up RHS Britain in Bloom – the third year in a row!

To achieve this award, we had to meet several assessment criteria including the involvement of our local community; maintenance and development of the gardens; and commitment to maintaining things like park benches and limiting litter.

Find out more about the Pride in Parks Award

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Earth Protector Town

In January 2021, we became an Earth Protector Town – a global collaborative movement of towns to protect the earth!

As a Council we have committed to collaborate and cooperate with communities, other local government bodies, businesses and other organisations to protect land, wildlife, air soil, and water.

Find out more about Earth Protector Towns

Rural Market Town Group

The Rural Market Town Group is a network of rural/market Town Councils that work together with the Rural Services Network to share best practice amongst our specific rural areas.

It is vital that rural areas have a strong voice to ensure that Government policy and decision making takes into account the specific needs and characteristics of rural communities and rural towns.

Find out more about the Rural Market Town Group

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Penzance representatives collect the Best Town Award at the prestigious Urbanism Awards 2020.

Great Town Award 2020

Penzance was voted as the best town in the UK and Ireland in the prestigious 2020 Urbanism Awards.

Judges praised the way the community has taken the lead in the regeneration of the town, both through the Penzance Neighbourhood Plan and transformational projects like the Jubilee Pool. We are delighted to receive this award which recognises the positive way in which all parts of the town are working together to regenerate Penzance.

Find out more about the 2020 Urbanism Awards

Our Partners & Who We Support

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