Leighton-Linslade is proud to have achieved a number of accreditations that mark it out as a special town.
Achievements of the town
Local Council Award Scheme
Leighton-Linslade Town Council has received the prestigious Gold Award as part of the Local Council Award Scheme. This achievement recognises that the Council achieves good practice in governance, community engagement and Council improvement. Moreover, the Town Council goes above and beyond its legal obligations and continuously seeks opportunitites to improve and develop even further.
The Local Council Award Scheme is a peer assessed programme that has been designed to both provide the tools and encouragement to those councils at the beginning of their improvement journeys, as well as promoting and recognising councils that are at the cutting edge of the sector.
In order to achieve its Gold accreditation, Leighton-Linslade Town Council had to provide evidence of meeting over 50 different criteria, demonstrating that strong policies and plans are in place, that the Council works collaboratively that strong policies and plans are in place, that the Council works collaboratively with other organisations, delivers value for money, monitors its performance and delivers positive outcomes, including innovative projects, for the benefit of the local community. The Council is one of only 20 parish councils nationally to achieve the accreditation.
Green Flag Award
Parson’s Close Recreation Ground named as one of the best in Britain. Parson’s Close Recreation Ground in Leighton Buzzard is one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official. The much loved Recreation Ground is among a record-breaking 1,582 parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space. The award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities. Initially used for sheep grazing, it now provides recreational facilities for the people of Leighton-Linslade and the surrounding communities. Many mature trees have been preserved and a children’s play area, skate-park, splash ‘n’ play water based play and bandstand are all part of what the park has on offer today.
Leighton Buzzard is a town where history, quality and community join together to make for a more rewarding shopping experience. It is justly proud that in January 2006, Director of the Fairtrade Foundation, Harriet Lamb, CBE, presented the Town Mayor with a certificate conferring Fairtrade Town status on Leighton-Linslade. This achievement established Leighton-Linslade as Bedfordshire’s first Fairtrade Town and reflected the Town Council’s and the local community’s commitment to the campaign. The Town’s Fairtrade status is supported by many local employers, cafes and shops, and various schools and churches in the town who have official ‘Fairtrade’ recognition.
Anglia in Bloom
RHS Britain in Bloom is a nationwide community gardening campaign to transform cities, towns & villages. It’s been helping people to improve their local areas since 1964. Anglia in Bloom is a floral and environmental competition for communities in the East Anglia region, linked to Britain in Bloom. Through a very active Leighton- Linslade in bloom, Leighton-Linslade has maintained a silver gilt award for the last three years.
Cycling Town status
The award of Cycling Town status for Leighton-Linslade helped trigger a local cycling revolution! Residents and visitors enjoy access to a comprehensive and continually improving network of cycle routes. Cycling is a great way to explore and enjoy the Grand Union Canal and River Ouzel and there are paths that cyclists can share through the town’s water meadows, parks and green spaces. There is quality and safe cycle parking areas throughout the town which are connected by a network of routes that make journeys by bike simple and safe.