TOWN TO BENEFIT FROM ACTION PLAN
January 29, 2004
COUNCIL chiefs are set to agree a new action plan that lays down a vision for Wokingham over the next three years.
The executive at Wokingham District Council is expected to approve a draft corporate plan tomorrow (Thursday).
It has been developed between the council and key partners as part of the Local Strategic Partnership made up of representatives from public, private, voluntary and community sectors.
The vision was first launched in March 2003 when the community strategy entitled Building for Success was published.
Cllr Frank Browne, leader of the council, called the plan a "roadmap to delivering excellence".
Together with the comprehensive performance assessment action plan and the council's local public service performance agreement it set out the ambitions across a range services provided by the council and its affiliated partners.
Cllr Browne added: "We want to modernise our services and the corporate plan sets out a blueprint for doing just that.
"At the same time, the budgetary pressures upon us mean that we have to be vigilant about our finances, look for efficiencies and savings wherever possible and generate new forms of income from external sources."
As well as recapping the vision laid out in Building for Success, the plan features the council's aims and objectives toward its modernisation plans and further outlines the key issues for both the council and its partners.
The council's priorities for 2004/07 are to:
- Maintain and enhance the quality of education by improving school buildings and the building of new schools.
- Ensure that vulnerable residents receive high-quality services allowing them independence and to set up a children's trust.
- Deliver improvements to our town centres to support the economy through government agencies and business organisations.
- Improve the district's road system to reduce congestion and improve public transport.
- Manage housing growth and encourage developers to provide a diversity of homes and ensure any new development is supported by a suitable infrastructure.
- Tackle crime to make the community safer, including expanding CCTV in the district
- Continue to play a leading role within the Local Strategic Partnership.
A summary of the corporate plan will be featured in the spring 2004 edition of the council's magazine Wokingham District News.
Call Jack Lee, the council's policy co-ordinator, on (0118) 974 6792 for further details.