New vision for the Vale
16 May 2016
The Vale of Glamorgan Council has set out how it will achieve its vision for the next four years.
The authority’s new Corporate Plan is designed to foster ‘strong communities with a bright future’ and details the key pieces of work the Council will undertake between now and 2020 in order to make this vision a reality for residents.
Agreed following a public consultation, the Plan reflects the Council’s core values: Ambitious, Open, Together, and Proud. It has been developed alongside the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan and takes into account not just future funding considerations but also the needs of the local population and demand for its services.
Cllr Neil Moore, Leader of the Council, said: “People are working hard to support their families, caring for the young and the old within our communities and they expect and deserve good services which meet their needs.
“This plan sets out not only how we will deliver for them, but also our vision for the Vale of Glamorgan as a place we are all proud of, one where people choose to live, do business and enjoy visiting, where there are opportunities for all ages, and where everyone feels valued and has a bright future.
“Despite delivering savings approaching £35 million since 2010, we have continued to provide priority services that meet local needs. The Vale of Glamorgan Council was ranked as the top performing Council in Wales last year according to figures published by Data Unit Wales. This is why we are confident that we can deliver the programme of actions contained in this plan and make a positive difference to the lives of local people.
“Although change is needed we will sustain priority services and continue to work with partners, listen to what our citizens tell us about the services they value, and use this to help shape the way in which we work. I believe that this plan gives a clear message that as a Council, we will continue to serve our local communities and to improve local well-being, now and into the future.”
The Plan breaks down the Council’s overarching vision into eight wellbeing objectives: reducing poverty and social exclusion, providing decent homes and safe communities, promoting regeneration, economic growth and employment, promoting sustainable development and protecting our environment, raising overall standards of achievement, valuing culture and diversity, encouraging and promoting active and healthy lifestyles, and safeguarding those who are vulnerable and promoting independent living. It also sets out how, by working towards these objectives, the Vale of Glamorgan Council will contribute to the seven national wellbeing goals put in place by Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act.
Now that these objectives have been agreed their delivery will be closely monitored and reported annually.