Council sets out its vision for the next four years in new plan

Councillor Graham Bull

Councillor Graham Bull - Credit: Archant

A document setting out the district council’s vision for Huntingdonshire over the next four years has been approved by councillors.

Huntingdonshire District Council’s (HDC) corporate plan 2018-2022 was signed off at a meeting of full council on October 17.

The plan outlines the council’s vision, strategic priorities and objectives for 2018-2022, and was developed to coincide with the council’s current four-year electoral cycle.

Within the document, the council has listed improving physical activity levels, improving leisure facilities, and promoting leisure and health facilities to a wider audience among its ‘key actions’.

The council is also putting a focus on supporting homelessness prevention work, and supporting volunteers and volunteer groups high on its agenda for the period.

The leader of HDC, Councillor Graham Bull, said: “Our corporate plan provides a clear direction for what we are doing, and why we are doing it. It sets out what we aim to achieve in addition to the provision of core statutory services, and also provides the framework for evaluating the council’s performance.”

In order to measure its success, the council has agreed a number of performance indicators to match its key aims for the year.

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For its health and leisure aims, the council will be measuring the ‘number of actions delivered’ from its sport and leisure strategy to gauge success, while it will judge the progress in its reducing homelessness aim by, among other things, monitoring the average length of stay of all households placed in emergency bed and breakfast accommodation.

Cllr Bull said: “Our new corporate plan sets out an ambitious programme of activity for a council that seeks to deliver growth and investment in the local economy, whilst at the same time challenging itself to deliver good services for a lower cost.

“We know we can’t deliver this vision alone, so we continually adapt to today’s many challenges by shaping priorities and designing solutions that involve our partners, local businesses, and residents.

“The plan shows how we intend to explore the sharing of the costs and benefits of providing services with other public bodies, so that while we are expected to do more for less, we can do so while protecting the range and quality of service we provide to local residents.”