Town awards to be streamlined

AN AWARD scheme to honour community-serving people is set to be streamlined because councillors believe its significance has been reduced by the amount of winners.

The Dunmow Town Awards is an annual recognition for people who have contributed to the town through supporting charities, volunteering or just sheer dedicated hard work.

In 2008 and 2009, four people walked away with the award at ceremonies held just before Christmas. But this is “too many” according to Dunmow Town Council which is responsible for the awards.

Cllr Carol James is also an ex-mayor and, as a result, has previously sat on the five-person panel that sifts through the nominations.

“It would be more prestigious if less people won,” she said. “Four is too many and it should really only be two at the most,” he said.

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Despite the criticism, the awards will not be scrapped because the council still believes that is has value.

Cllr David Beedle agreed that it had become overgrown, but urged the council to keep the awards. He said: “It is a nice thing for the town to have and if we keep the winners down the impact of the award will increase.”

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Past winners include historians, museum managers, and Paralympic gold medallist Daniel Bentley.

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