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Ten years of building relationships


Councils across Gloucestershire have celebrated 10 years of partnership working with the sixth edition of the Gloucestershire Charter launched earlier this year.

The overall aim of the document is to improve relationships between the tiers of local government in Gloucestershire, in particular by improving both consultation and communication about policies and decisions that may affect local communities.

The sixth edition of the Gloucestershire Charter was launched at the Chartered Parish and Town Councils group meeting at GL3 in Churchdown on 6th July.

This year sees the tenth birthday of the charter, and to mark the occasion a birthday cake with ten candles took centre stage at the launch.

Gloucestershire County Councillor Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for public health and communities was there and was joined by the chair of Chalford Parish Council Paul Lilly to represent the chartered parishes group and help to blow out the candles.

Charlton Kings Parish Council also marked the latest edition by passing a motion to re-affirm their support for the charter, whilst Quedgeley Parish Council are also supporting the new charter.

Cllr Andrew Gravells, cabinet member for public health and communities for Gloucestershire County Council, said: "The Gloucestershire Charter is a really important document that helps councils across the county support and gives the ability to work together to provide the best service we can for local people.

"I would like to thank all the councils that have already got involved, and a special thanks for Charlton Kings parish council which passed a motion to support the new edition."

Cllr Paul Lilly, chair of Chalford Parish Council, said: "It was great to celebrate the ten year anniversary of the charter earlier this year, and Chalford is proud to be signed up to it."

Cllr Mike Palmer, chair of Charlton Kings Parish Council, said: "We have worked closely with Gloucestershire County Council over a number of years to improve outcomes for our community and are pleased to reconfirm that commitment today. However we would like the opportunity to discuss further how the aims of the charter can better manifest themselves in day to day working practice."

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