Council agrees Draft Council Plan 2017-22
Published Tuesday 28th February 17
A Draft Council Plan for a five year period, 2017-22 was agreed at today’s (Tuesday 28 February) full Council meeting.
It was further agreed that a final Council Plan will be presented for approval by the Council following the local government elections in May.
The Draft Council Plan provides clear direction for all services and staff on the Council priorities over the coming five years that should be reflected in both budgets and Service Plans.
Council Leader, Cllr. Willie Innes said:
“Over the past five years the Council’s priorities have been clearly detailed in the Council Plan of 2012/17. This not only gave a clear indication on how Council Services would develop and be delivered but also set out the aims and objectives of the Council during this period. We have regularly received reports and updates which have provided council staff, elected members, local residents and our lead partners, including Scottish Government, with details of our progress towards achieving set targets.”
“The new draft Council Plan builds upon the progress and achievements of its predecessor and sets out further objectives to meet the Council vision ‘for East Lothian to be even more prosperous, safe and sustainable with a dynamic economy that enables our people and communities to flourish.’ Local government continues to face economic challenges and the council remains committed to targeting resources to those most at need. East Lothian Council continues to adapt and progress with innovative partnerships established with a range of public and private sector agencies and companies. I strongly believe the ambitious objectives contained with the draft Council Plan can be achieved resulting in enhanced opportunities and quality of life for our residents and businesses.”
The Council Plan is being presented as a draft only at this stage. Following the Local Government elections in May the incoming councillors and new Council Administration will have the opportunity to revise and amend the draft that will align with their term of office and add any new priorities identified. Council Services will also review the themes, outcomes and strategic goals contained within the Draft Plan and will provide details of the actions required to be taken to meet the objectives.
The Council agreed that the Chief Executive, Angela Leitch will revise the Draft Council Plan, taking into account the views and priorities of the new Council administration, with a final Council Plan 2017-22 presented for adoption at the August 2017 full Council meeting.
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