North Herts District Council published its first Corporate Plan in 2005. This high level strategic document set out our ambitions and aspirations for our district for the next 10 years – 2005 through to 2015.
The Corporate Plan is supported by a five year Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) and an annual plan, “Priorities for the District 2013/14” (72.8Kb). The Priorities for the District addresses the need for shorter term planning and is in addition to the Corporate Plan.
We have a clear vision for the area which involves making North Hertfordshire a vibrant place for people to live, work and prosper. The vision is not just the District Council’s vision, it belongs to and was created by all of the partners in our Local Strategic Partnership.
The many agencies, organisations and individuals involved in the partnership are all working to achieve this vision for the place we live and work in through the development of the district's Sustainable Community Strategy, published in 2009.
The LSP focussed on the ten themes of the Sustainable Community Strategy and through its work in a number of partnership arenas, has progressed with this vision for the district. We have recently restructured the LSP, downsizing its membership and refocusing partners on the latest issues affecting the district. There will be a core which remain of interest in the longer term but there will also need to be flexibility regarding future skills and employment opportunities in order to respond to the current challenges facing our economy.
The Council has identified the following three priorities for 2013/14:
- living within our means to deliver cost-effective services
- working with local communities
- protecting our environment for our communities
The annual review of the Corporate Plan provides an opportunity for the Council to consider the narrative elements in relation to the agreed priorities for the following financial year. The annual review also considers necessary changes to action plans for the short and medium term reflecting progress with previous actions, new actions to support the priorities informed by our residents' changing needs or from consultation.
If you have any comments on the Priorities for the District 2013/14 strategic document, please contact Liz Green, Head of Policy and Community Service on 01462 474230. Alternatively, email email@example.com.