Corporate Plan 2019-2023
Meeting: 21/02/2019 - Council (Item 30)
Report of Councillor Sam Chapman-Allen, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Corporate Strategy and Investment.
The Deputy Leader & Executive Member for Corporate Strategy and Investment, Councillor Sam Chapman-Allen presented the Corporate Plan for the period 2019-2023 to Council for adoption.
The Deputy Leader thanked all Members and Officers within the authority for their input throughout this process. The layout and design had been changed and it had a strategic vision throughout being ‘Breckland: A place where people and business can thrive’ and he felt that the budget presentation that everyone had seen had reinforced some of those opportunities and successes over the last four years. The Corporate Plan was fundamentally linked to all aspects of the Council and was classed as the ‘golden thread’ that linked its strategic vision to its four Corporate Priorities – Your Place, Your Health & Wellbeing, Your opportunity and Our Council.
Councillor Duigan felt that although the A47 had been highlighted on page 140 as an aspiration, it should have been included on page 142 under the priority: Your Opportunity, with an extra line similar to that of the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor. The Deputy Leader was more than happy to take this iteration forward if Members were content with this amendment.
Councillor Jermy thanked the Deputy Leader for the new Corporate Plan. He liked the new layout and the format and was pleased with what it contained; however, the two matters that he felt were missing were; firstly, the environment specifically around climate change which he felt would be an increasing issue over the coming years and, how this authority sought to minimise its own impact on the environment and reduce its carbon footprint. He felt that environmental issues ran across all four priorities and this would be a missed opportunity for the Council. Secondly, he would have preferred to see not just more jobs but better paid jobs in the District to allow people to have a better quality of life and work-life balance and he did not believe that the report was strong enough in that respect. In response, the Deputy Leader reminded Members of the ‘golden thread’ that ran throughout all four priorities within the Corporate Plan and mentioned what the Council was doing for vision setting in relation to business growth in the District that was discussed at the last Cabinet meeting. Therefore, as much as the Corporate Plan did not detail it directly and would be inappropriate to do so, the vision setting for Business Growth and the Corporate Plan, both linked the Council’s aspiration for moving forward and he thanked Councillor Jermy for his support at the last Cabinet meeting in relation to the Thetford Enterprise Park. As far as the environment was concerned, he would be more than happy to take that back and carry out further iteration to the introductory piece in relation to the Council trying to reduce its carbon footprint.
Councillor Kybird mentioned the lack of support for the military covenant within the Corporate Plan. At a previous Overview & Scrutiny Commission meeting the Executive Member in attendance had promised to ... view the full minutes text for item 30
Report of Executive Director of Strategy & Governance, Maxine O’Mahony.
The Senior Policy Advisor presented the draft thoughts of the Corporate Plan for the next four years (2019 – 2023) for Members of the Commission to suggest comments and amendments before the final draft version of the Corporate Plan would be presented to full Council in February 2019.
The Corporate Plan aimed to set the ambition of the Council under the following themes - Your Place; Your health and Wellbeing; Your Opportunity, and an internal priority of Our Council, with a number of critical activities that underpinned the themes.
Councillor Kybird asked the Military Covenant that the Council had recently signed up to be included in the Plan. He also highlighted there was no mention of Mental Health as a target area and the Council should consider how it would protect the vulnerable.
Councillor Jermy asked for clarification on the process of the plan and if there would be an opportunity to refresh bearing in mind the Local Elections in May 2019. He went onto ask that the critical activity referring to the Market Towns ensured Breckland created vibrant town centres with a strong retail offer. He also asked for the point on the Community Reserve to identify the benefit to the targeted need. He also asked that whilst Breckland worked to prevent homelessness it emphasised on how the Council effectively deals with homelessness. He also suggested that Council had been working hard to improve social mobility and therefore should be included within the Plan.
The Chairman confirmed there would be an opportunity to refresh the Corporate Plan on a yearly basis.
A number of points were raised against each critical activity for the Senior Policy Advisor to amend.
The Chairman suggested the plan be considered by other areas for sense checking. The Senior Policy Advisor said that the plan would be checked with the Communications Team as well as some user testing to gain further input.
Councillor Wilkinson referred to the Norfolk Sustainable Transformation Programme would affect more than one District, not just Breckland.
Councillor Richmond asked if there were plans to plant wooded areas. The Executive Director for Governance said that whilst there were no plans community groups had access to the community grant scheme should they wish to do this.