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Our achievements in 2017/18

Investment in key projects, improving service standards and ongoing support for the voluntary sector - these were just some of the goals achieved by Uttlesford District Council during 2017/18.

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Investment in key projects, improving service standards and ongoing support for the voluntary sector - these were just some of the goals achieved by Uttlesford District Council during 2017/18.

Speaking at the council's Annual Meeting on Tuesday (15 May) Cllr Howard Rolfe, Leader of the Council, highlighted a wide range of actions and projects that have been completed or progressed by the council over the past 12 months.

This includes a focus on the maintenance of the district - for example, additional financial investment has been put into the Street Services Team which will fund two new members of staff and a new van to make up a rapid response team to clear fly-tips and litter hotspots.

The 50% purchase of Chesterford Research Park was another key outcome. As funding from central government diminishes, the investment forms part of a long-term plan to generate a stable income so that the council can continue to provide value for money services to communities.

Other highlights for the year include:

  • Investment in the rollout of superfast broadband
  • Support, including a £300,000 grant, for the new Stansted Airport College which is due to open in September 2018
  • One of the most generous supporters of voluntary work in Essex, with grants in excess of £530,000 awarded
  • Building council and other affordable homes, and maintaining high standards in existing council houses
  • Modernising sheltered housing facilities and developing care and extra care homes
  • Progressing the Local Plan and the governance that supports it
  • Facilitating the creation of the Uttlesford Youth Council
  • Launching a new model of engagement with town and parish councils, including for planning matters

Cllr Rolfe said: "The council has moved forward a number of important projects in 2017/18, and we can be proud of what has been accomplished.

"It is important that we build on what has been achieved, continue to listen to our residents and businesses, and make the best use of our resources. On the one hand we must strive to remain an efficient and robust council, and on the other maintain our focus on being a council that cares and wants to look after its communities."

The achievements highlighted above have been progressed in line with the council's Corporate Plan 2018-22. This is a document that sets out the council's vision and four priorities, and directs how and where resources are allocated. The plan is underpinned by a Delivery Plan which is updated annually and sets out the key projects, actions and expected outcomes for the year.

Residents can find out more about the Corporate Plan, and the Delivery Plan for 2018/19, at www.uttlesford.gov.uk/corporateplan.


22 May 2018