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Council Plan 2014-2019 (2019 Update)

Meeting: 11/01/2019 - Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Item 46)

46 Draft Council Plan and Draft Council Policy on Climate Change pdf icon PDF 215 KB

To consider the draft Council Plan 2019 to 2024 and the draft Council Policy on Climate Change.

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The Council Plan set out the Council’s vision and priorities and formed part of a suite of corporate documents and linked closely with the Medium Term Financial Plan.  These documents formed part of the Council’s Policy Framework and underpinned the Council’s approach to governance and community leadership.  The current Council Plan was for the period 2014 to 2019, and had been updated on an annual basis since 2014.


Councillor Jonathan Brook, Deputy Leader and Housing, People and Innovation Portfolio Holder, presented a new draft Plan which was intended to run from 2019 to 2024.  In developing the Plan, the vision had been revised to add the words “working together” to reflect that the Council could not achieve its ambition alone, and that it worked with partners to deliver on its vision and ambitions.


The vision, as stated in the draft Council Plan, was, “Working together to make South Lakeland the best place to live, work and explore.”  To achieve the vision, the Council’s areas of focus were:-


·         creating an environment for people to thrive;

·         delivering excellent value-for-money, services;

·         playing a leading role and influencing others;

·         empowering customers and communities; and

·         forward thinking, innovative Council.


As with previous versions, the Council Plan retained the following values:-


·         Empowering People - By listening to our customers and our employees their ideas and comments will help us make improvements to customer service and workforce development.

·         Excellence - Seeking continuous improvement in what we do, ensuring that our actions address the needs of South Lakeland.

·         Open and Transparent - Being courteous, efficient and transparent in our dealings with the public.


The Council Plan set out the challenges and opportunities that the district faced in the short, medium and long term.  These were described in detail in Appendix 3 to the report.  In brief, the challenges and opportunities were:-


·         South Lakeland’s demography;

·         financial resilience;

·         affordable housing;

·         sustainability;

·         rise in obesity levels and inactivity;

·         access to better training and development; and

·         education and skills.


In order to meet the challenges and maximise opportunities, the Council Plan set out the delivery of the vision by:-


·         working across boundaries to deliver to communities that,

·         creates the right balance across different age groups that,

·         reduces inequalities so that no one is left behind that,

·         creates a sustainable and inclusive economy.


In addition to the Council Plan, an Executive Summary, detailed at Appendix 4 to the report, had been developed.  This document stated the high level priorities across the cross-cutting themes to deliver the overall strategic aims of the Council.


Developing a sustainable and inclusive economy was a key element of the new Council Plan.  This reflected growing awareness of the importance of Climate Change and the Council’s role in tackling it.  A draft policy, as detailed at Appendix 5 to the report, represented a public recognition of the importance of Climate Change, an awareness of the opportunities offered by both tackling and adapting to meet the challenge of climate change and a series of ways in which the Council could  ...  view the full minutes text for item 46