Annual Report 2013
2012/13 has been another successful year for the Council, characterised by further growth in the range of services delivered by the Council and further awards that recognise the quality of the Council’s services provided.
The Council was recognised as an Investor In People organisation in February 2013. This recognition was the culmination of considerable work that has been carried out over the past few year’s to improve how the Council is managed and how the Council invests in its’ workforce. The award provides further evidence to Dunstable residents that the Council is providing value for money services that improve the quality of life for all.
During last year the Council was also successful in retaining the Green Flags for Grove House Gardens and Priory Gardens as well as achieving a Silver Gilt Award in last year’s Anglia in Bloom competition. Operations at Priory House have also gone from strength to strength and the Tea Rooms are now recognised as one of the best in the country having received entry into the UK Tea Guild, the national standard for excellence in both brewing and serving tea.
In terms of growth of service provision, the Council launched the new Dunstable Market in June 2012 having accepted the Market Rights from Central Bedfordshire Council. The Town Council is managing the Market directly, providing all stall holders with their own stall as well as full portering services. In conjunction with taking on the management of the Market the Council also took over the management of Ashton Square public conveniences from Central Bedfordshire Council, ensuring the continued provision of this important service for the town. The Council also launched the very popular Town Ranger service. Residents will now recognise the Ranger’s very distinctive van as he goes around the town tackling a range of environmental issues such as graffiti removal and amenity repairs.
The Council also played a leading role in the organisation of the Olympic Flame travelling through the town. Along with colleagues from Central Bedfordshire Council, the Council ensured that the event was a tremendous spectacle for the town attracting thousands of residents out onto the streets.
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