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Quality Councils

5 December 2014

The Quality Parish and Town Council Scheme was launched in 2003, following the Government’s Rural White Paper, 2000.

The scheme provides benchmark minimum standards for parish and town councils, and is supported by the following six national stakeholders:

  • The Commission for Rural Communities
  • The Department for Communities and Local Government
  • The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • The Local Government Association
  • The National Association of Local Councils
  • The Society of Local Council Clerks
  • To achieve Quality council status, a parish or town council must pass several tests, which are administered by the National Association of Local Councils (NALC).

The parish and town councils within the county that have achieved quality status are:

  • Alresford Parish Council
  • Billericay Town Council
  • Birchanger Parish Council
  • Birdbrook Parish Council
  • Black Notley Parish Council
  • Broomfield Parish Council
  • Buckhurst Hill Parish Council
  • Chigwell Parish Council
  • Danbury Parish Council
  • Doddinghurst Parish Council
  • East Hanningfield Parish Council
  • Epping Town Council
  • Epping Upland Parish Council
  • Feering Parish Council
  • Finchingfield Parish Council
  • Frating Parish Council
  • Galleywood Parish Council
  • Great Baddow Parish Council
  • Great Bardfield Parish Council
  • Great Notley Parish Council
  • Great Wakering Parish Council
  • Great Waltham Parish Council
  • Hawkwell Parish Council
  • Hockley Parish Council
  • Ingatestone and Fryerning Parish Council
  • Leigh-on-Sea Town Council
  • Little Baddow Parish Council
  • Loughton Town Council
  • Maldon Town Council
  • Newport Parish Council
  • North Weald Bassett Parish Council
  • Ongar Town Council
  • Ramsden Bellhouse Parish Council
  • Rayleigh Town Council
  • Rayne Parish Council
  • Rivenhall Parish Council
  • Rochford Parish Council
  • Sandon Parish Council
  • Sewards End Parish Council
  • South Woodham Ferrers Town Council
  • Springfield Parish Council
  • Stansted Mountfitchet Parish Council
  • St Osyth Parish Council
  • Thorrington Parish Council
  • Waltham Abbey Town Council
  • White Notley and Faulkbourne Parish Council
  • Witham Town Council
  • Wivenhoe Town Council
  • Woodham Ferrers and Bicknacre Parish Council