Freedom of the borough - Policies and strategies


Section 249 of the Local Government Act 1972 empowers a local authority to confer the 'Freedom of the Borough' to persons of distinction, who have in our opinion, rendered eminent services to the borough.

We have agreed a protocol which sets out the process for nominations and the criteria which will be applied when considering any applicants. Normally honours will be awarded to those men and women who have been raised, lived or worked or who have a strong connection with the borough, and have demonstrated excellence in their field and in the process raised the profile and enhanced the reputation of the borough either nationally or internationally.