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Achieving the Gold standard! - 5th Jun

Achieving the Gold standard! - 5th Jun

Ashford Borough Council has been given a ‘Gold Achievement Award’ in recognition of the management of its address information database.

The award was presented at the GeoPlace annual conference and Exemplar Awards 2017, which took place on Thursday 11th May at Leeds United Football Club. The awards celebrate excellence in service delivery that has been made possible through local government address and street information.

Local councils have a legal requirement for street naming and numbering and are the source for the millions of address records of every residence and business in the UK.

Addresses are invaluable to the economy and public services. From making sure that emergency services can get to a front door as quickly as possible, addresses help confirm identity and help consumers access products and services. Having high quality address data is fundamental to this.

This is why the Gold Achievement Award is important. A lot of hard work and skill goes into maintaining a constantly changing dataset.

The Gold Achievement Award for address data is only given to authorities that have:

Reached the highest standard in national tests on data excellence
Supplied regular updates to the national hub which manages receipt of address data from all authorities in England and Wales

Jason Houghton, Deputy National Address Data Manager, said: “Ashford Borough Council has achieved the highest standard of address information data management. Achieving this level demonstrates excellence and commitment to a process that brings local and national benefits.”

Louise Lambourn, Ashford Borough Council’s Property Information and Support Services Manager, said: “We work incredibly hard and this is often an understated part of the work of the local authority. However, achieving this award indicates that we run ourselves effectively and handle and present data with the importance it deserves.”

Media release 0150/17
For further information, please contact our Press Office on 01233 330543 or email mark.james@ashford.gov.uk

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