Oxhey Library shines
In Council of the Year Competition
By Beverley Small
Oxhey’s library took centre stage in January 2012, as the ‘Council of the Year’ judges came to call.
Hertfordshire County Council is one of six local authorities to have been shortlisted for the prestigious Council of the Year award by Local Government Chronicle magazine. In an intensive three hour visit hosted by the Oxhey Library, four expert judges heard about the ways in which Hertfordshire County Council is bringing about real improvements for the residents and communities of Hertfordshire, against a background of serious funding challenges.
Leader of the Council, Robert Gordon, said: “Oxhey library is at the heart of its community, and I wanted the judges to experience its key role for themselves. On the day of their visit, a baby massage group, homework club and a volunteering network were all meeting and making use of this great building, helped by its helpful and welcoming staff.
“Hertfordshire County Council is making it easier for residents to play an active part in running their own communities – whether that’s through getting grant funding from their local county councillors for good causes or volunteering their skills to benefit their neighbourhoods. So much good work is happening in Oxhey and the visit to the library really helped to bring our commitment to life for the judges.”
The winner of the ‘Council of the Year’ competition will be decided on 14 March.