NORTH Dorset District Council has won a European award for its community planning work.
The council won one of only three Best Practice Certificates in the UK in the European Public Service Awards on Weathering the European Storm in the category of partnerships.
The award recognises the North Dorset model of community plan has transformed the district and is a community-led way to provide services, facilities and projects for local people.
The council was also awarded the top accolade in the UK in 2010 for community planning.
Council leader Deborah Croney said: “This award is confirmation of the very high calibre of contribution made by so many extraordinary and dedicated people in North Dorset.”
Central to the council’s community planning model is CPEND - Community Partnership Executive for North Dorset - in which four organisation representing Blandford, Gillingham, Shaftesbury and Sturminster Newton and their areas come together.
CPEND chairman Scott Norman said: “This award from EPSA confirms that the North Dorset model is the best and most coherent community planning model, working at local community, district and county level helping the area to buck the trend of rural decline and maintain a resilient economy in times of austerity.”
The North Dorset community partnerships have delivered award winning schemes that involve people in the prosperity and appearance of their towns. They have attracted £20million in the last seven years.
The other two councils represented in the awards were Aberdeen City Council and City of London Corporation.