Thursday, 3 May 2012

Frodsham Commended by Association of Market Towns

Frodsham Town Council have been commended twice yesterday (2 May 2012) by the Association of Market Towns recognising the innovative work of the Town Council regarding:
  • Community Winter Gritting Scheme
  • Over 70s Vouchers
The Association of Market Towns recognised the innovation shown by the Town Council in these schemes.

The winter gritting scheme involves Frodsham Town Council supplying grit to volunteer local residents who are encouraged to spread it on their residential roads and pavements that are not part of the principal route network gritted by Cheshire West and Chester Council.  We are always on the look out for more volunteers.

The over 70s voucher scheme replaced a poorly attended 'over 70s lunch' by offering each local resident aged 70 or over a £5 voucher to spend in local shops or to donate to local charities in the run up to Christmas.  The scheme was taken up by around 70% of Frodsham's estimated over 70s population of around 1200 people and saw around £3,500 that would otherwise have been spent on transporting a few to the lunch spent in our local shops or donated to our local charities.  We hope to build on this scheme for this Christmas.

The Association of Market Towns is a charitable company that seeks to spread good practice amongst its 400 or more small towns across the country.  The Action for Market Town Awards for 2012 were announced last night with 18 awards and 23 commendations being made nationally.

We think this is the first time that Frodsham has been recognised by the AMT and to get two commendations at one time is absolutely fantastic.   

... and this is ever before you think about our Public Access Defibrillators, the Frodsham Foundation and our Portas pilot bid...  and just wait for our new Christmas Lights!