CRAVEN District Council is a high-achieving, successful council, with good quality services and is punching above its weight, according to a review carried out by senior officers from other councils.

The Corporate Peer Challenge found that the leader, Cllr Richard Foster, and council chief executive, Paul Shevlin, were well-recognised and well-respected, and there is considerable expertise and talent in the authority.

The report says: “CDC has got a really good story to tell as a successful council with good quality services, particularly in leisure and culture. T