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Building on our track record... what we did 2011-14

What drove the previous Corporate Plan 2011-15?

The Council understood that the local authority landscape was going to be different whatever the outcome of the 2010 General election. The nation's finances meant public spending would be significantly reduced. As a result, the Council launched its Transformation Programme in 2010 to be delivered over the period to 2015 taking some difficult decisions as Central government funding was reduced.

Principles behind the decision making:

  • Wishing to make the Council run more like a business providing services to its residents
  • Avoiding, if at all possible, passing on of extra costs through Council Tax
  • Not borrowing to compensate for a reduction in central government funding and to maintain reserves for any unforeseen problems
  • Keeping those services provided free at the point of delivery such as the car parks
  • Did we achieve it?

    • Council tax frozen since 2011
    • £3m saved from our budget with front line services maintained
    • Worked with staff to find more efficient ways of working and reduced staff numbers significantly with minimal redundancies
    • Senior management team reduced by 50%

    How have we done it?

    • Shared Legal, Environmental Health and Licensing services with our neighbours Rother District Council, saving £300k a year
    • Shared building control services with Eastbourne Borough Council
    • Worked with local authorities across East Sussex to deliver a new outsourced waste collection service, increasing recycling rates to 47% and saving £750k a year for Wealden District Council taxpayers and £2.9 million across East Sussex

    Moved to a single site headquarters - a project discussed over many years but now delivered and saving £500k a year

    Not just about cost saving ...we

      1. Took advantage of changes in the law, which allowed the Council to once again build Council owned homes, and delivered 64 new homes to rent
      2. Enabled 1,849 new homes to be built (613 affordable) over the last three years, and encouraged business growth whilst protecting our environment such as the Ashdown Forest and Pevensey levels
      3. Invested £7 million in our Leisure centres
      4. Enabled delivery of new Community Halls in Hailsham and Crowborough
      5. Worked with Town Councils, Parish Councils and East Sussex County Council to deliver more together with your money

    Wealden is now a more enabling Council, employing  fewer people directly but still delivering high quality services.

    A recent survey shows 95% of residents are happy with where they live and 75% are happy with the work we do as a Council.