The Council's Corporate Plan 2016-2020 puts Community Leadership at the heart of everything we do. It is from this central role that we undertake services or work with partners with the aim of tackling the key challenges in the District identified as:-
- Poor health (factors being health, wellbeing, living conditions and environment);
- Pockets of high unemployment;
- Low economic activity (factors being job opportunities, qualifications and skills);
- Reducing budgets whilst delivering key services (factors being governance, structure, ways of working, 'more for less' approach);
- Poor infrastructure (factors being single lane A120, road congestion, infrequency of rail and bus services);
The high level priorities set out in the Corporate Plan are complemented by specific actions to be taken which are set out in Our Priorities and Projects 2016.
There is clear linkage between our aspirations, detailed in the Corporate Plan, Our Priorities and Projects and the Performance Reports. This Performance Report details our performance against a set of key projects and targets, as well as headline performance in dealing with complaints and our staff’s absence rate. Each project has an exceptions area where departments can highlight areas of performance outside of normal boundaries, which are monitored within their own departmental arrangements.
Projects and targets sit under the following headings:-
Our Council / Our Community
A focus on engaging with and supporting all tiers of the local community, working with partners, addressing crime and delivering a balanced budget.
Employment and Enjoyment
A focus on encouraging major business investment as well as supporting smaller businesses, making the most of our assets, working with partners to boost qualifications and skills, providing quality tourist attractions and leisure facilities
Health and Housing
A focus on working with partners to help those with mental health problems, building council houses, shaping the locale and environment, working with partners to support children, identifying opportunities for local regeneration