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Key actions and projects plan for 2018/19

Key projects to improve the lives of everyone who lives, visits or does business in Uttlesford have been approved by the district council's Cabinet.

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The Delivery Plan is updated each year to support the priorities within the council's Corporate Plan. The corporate plan priorities are: Promote thriving, safe and healthy communities; Protect and enhance heritage and character; Support sustainable business growth; and Maintain a financially sound and effective council.

The delivery plan actions, expected outcomes and performance measures are set against one or more of the four priorities. At a meeting last week (4 April) Cabinet members approved the plan for 2018/19 which includes projects such as:

  • working towards a sound Local Plan
  • delivering good quality affordable homes for local people
  • enhancing the offering at the district's five day centres
  • reducing social isolation
  • working with partners to increase levels of participation in sports, leisure and cultural activities
  • further developing the activities of the Community Hub to improve community safety
  • delivering a programme of public educational events to tackle issues such as dog fouling, fly-tipping and littering
  • supporting sustainable business growth through a new Economic Development Strategy
  • improving digital services for customers

In addition to approving the delivery plan for this year, members of the Cabinet also considered a report outlining some of the key projects which were completed in 2017/18. Highlights included the 50% purchase of Chesterford Research Park, adoption of the Uttlesford Youth Council, approval of a grant of up to £300,000 towards the cost of providing a new further education college at Stansted Airport, and the progression of the council's affordable housing programme.

Cllr Howard Rolfe, Leader of the council, said: "The corporate plan and the associated delivery plan are very important documents. They provide direction for the council and a sense of what the authority does and why it does it.

"It is pleasing to see the progress and achievements made over the past year. At the same time we must appreciate and recognise that more can always be done. We will continue to listen to our communities, and through the corporate plan focus our efforts on delivering the projects within next year's programme. These are, of course, in addition to the many statutory requirements and quality services delivered by the council."

The corporate plan is prepared alongside the budget to ensure resources follow the priorities, and is reviewed annually to ensure it remains relevant and can be delivered. Progress on the delivery plan 2018/19 will be monitored by Cabinet on a quarterly basis.

Residents can view the corporate plan delivery plan on the council's website at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/Plans-Policies-and-Strategies and join the discussion on Twitter: @UttlesfordDC.

11 April 2018