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Sevenoaks District Council has fought off tough competition from some of the biggest county and city councils in the country to lift the prestigious Council of the Year trophy at the 2017 Local Government Chronicle Awards (LGC).

At a ceremony, hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald, the council was celebrated for achieving financial self-sufficiency, changing cultures and doing things differently.

The council has so far purchased a petrol station, office space, convenience store and a former working men’s club and car park, and are currently developing its own hotel.

The council were recognised for their unique approach to cultural transformation in their workforce, instilling a ‘no blame’ culture and encouraging staff to take risks and be innovative alongside their dedication to customer service.
Council Leader, Cllr Peter Fleming, says: “To win such a prestigious award is a very proud moment for the whole Sevenoaks District Council team, both councillors and officers. It is also an enormous honour as it represents the hard work and difficult decisions we have been making for many years.

“Being one of only two district councils on the shortlist and up against some excellent London Boroughs, County and City councils from across the country, to come out the winner shows our strength and success
as a council.”