Ainstable Parish Council Achieves National Recognition

Ainstable Parish Council has achieved national recognition by being awarded the Foundation Level of the Local Council Award Scheme. This is an accreditation scheme for all parish and town councils run by the National Association of Local Councils whereby the achievements of the council are peer reviewed by a highly qualified panel. 

Chairman and Clerk stand bu signpost at Ainstable Crossroads.

The Chief Officer of Cumbria Association of Local Councils, Samantha Bagshaw, was delighted to present the certificate to the Chairman of Ainstable Parish Council, Councillor Nigel Vear, and the Parish Clerk, Kimberley Lawson, on Wednesday 11th August 2021.  Standing in front of one of the several new cast-iron finger posts installed by the Parish Council, Cllr Vear said.

Ainstable is an ambitious and forward-looking parish council serving the villages of Ainstable, Croglin, Newbiggin, and Ruckcroft, the communities of Dale and Longdales, and the surrounding farms and houses. The parish council is dedicated to working with and serving our communities to the very best of our ability. Achieving this award is a welcome recognition of the dedication and hard work of the parish clerk and the parish councillors.

By achieving the Foundation Level Award, Ainstable Parish Council has shown that it is performing at a national standard of professionalism, being forward thinking and proactive, listening to its residents and working for the benefit of its community.

The Local Council Award Scheme has been designed to celebrate the successes of the very best parish and town councils, and to provide a framework to support all such councils to improve and develop to meet their full potential.  The scheme offers councils the opportunity to show that they meet the standards set by the sector, assessed by their peers, and to put in place the conditions for continued improvement. 

For more information on the LCAS scheme, please contact Cumbria Association of Local Councils on