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Wealden highlights its priorities for the next four years

Media Release : 13 December 2018

Wealden District Council is asking residents and local businesses for their views of the Council’s priorities for the next four years.

Swallow Business Park

The priorities are outlined in the Council’s draft Corporate Plan 2019-23.

“We are producing the Corporate Plan now to provide strategic continuity as we transition over to a new Council following the District Council elections on 2 May 2019,” said Councillor Bob Standley, Leader of Wealden District Council.

“This builds on this Council’s achievements of the past four years by identifying specific aims and ways in which these can be achieved. We are focussing on Communities, the Environment, the Local Economy and Sound Business Management.

“Given the decline in central government funding, the Council has to become more commercially active so it has the resources to continue to provide services and achieve its aspirations.”

Included in the many actions identified in the 2019-23 Corporate Plan are:

The Environment: 

•Helping deliver infrastructure to support growth including schools, medical facilities, care, roads, transport, affordable homes. 

•Helping to facilitate cleaner, smarter, more affordable energy for our communities, and extend the electric vehicle charging network.

•Supporting transport improvements, including an improved A27, the Lewes-Uckfield rail link and the continuing development of the A22 corridor.

The Local Economy:

•Supporting the expansion of local businesses. 

•Leading on key local regeneration projects.

•Encouraging start-ups and niche businesses.

•Working to encourage inward investment in the District from a range of sources.

Communities:

•Meeting local needs in our housing market particularly for first time buyers and older people seeking to downsize. 

•Build and maintain more council homes to a high standard. 

•Helping people who are, or are likely to become, homeless. 

•Supporting initiatives to address changing health needs across the District.

•Seeking opportunities to invest in more modern GP surgeries and local health hubs in Wealden. 

•Promoting good access to mobile and broadband networks.

Sound Business Management:

•Keeping council tax as low as possible.

•Pursuing income generation opportunities.

•Optimising access to services online 24/7, reducing the costs of delivery and maintaining direct support for people who need it most.

•Ensuring the efficient and effective service delivery of all Council services.

There are 40 corporate actions outlined in the draft Corporate Plan. You can view the draft 2019-23 Corporate Plan here and take part in the consultation here.

You can also visit the Consultation pages on the Wealden website

Local organisations are also being asked to give their views.  Responses to the public consultation will be considered at the 30 January 2019 Cabinet meeting. The final recommendations for the adoption of the new Corporate Plan will be made at Full Council on 20 February 2019.