Wealden District Council

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Building on our track record...

The 2015-19 Corporate Plan focused on

  • Managing growth to meet future needs
  • Protecting and enhancing Wealden's unique rural character and environment
  • Supporting our local economy and businesses
  • Generating sustainable sources of income to reinvest in local priorities
  • Helping to improve connectivity and access to services for all our communities

Change

There had been unprecedented levels of local government change over the life of the 2015-19 Corporate Plan. Wealden has embraced opportunities that have arisen as a result.

 

Our earlier transformation programme put the Council in a healthy position, and the end of Revenue Support Grant from Central Government has further stimulated the development of alternative
sources of revenue and income generation. In this way, Wealden has shown agility and resilience, delivering creative new initiatives for the District whilst working towards greater financial independence.


Achievements

  • 2,133 new homes delivered in the District over the four years to March 2018
  • 595 affordable homes and 88 new build council homes delivered over the same period
  • 1,555 new jobs and 19,490 sq ft employment space created
  • Opening of Walshes and Horsted Green parks to mitigate adverse impacts on the Ashdown Forest Special Protection Area
  • £5.6m development of a Council-owned crematorium to meet local need and realise an anticipated income of around £800k a year
  • Sussex Weald Homes Ltd created as a wholly owned housing company, to help meet local needs and generate income
  • Vicarage Field Shopping Centre, Hailsham purchased to lead regeneration of the town centre, and raise around £600k a year
  • Over 1 million visits to the four District-supported leisure centres in 2017/18 - an average of seven visits per Wealden resident
  • Support for our visitor economy which generates over £305 million per annum and supports more than 8,500 jobs
  • Low unemployment at under 1% of the Wealden working age population
  • Savings through shared services with other councils for building control, environmental health, licensing and legal services
  • Consistently unblemished financial record from independent auditors
  • 90% of Wealden residents happy with where they live and 76% happy with the way the Council runs things - national figures are 79% and 61% respectively