DORSET Council has published its draft Council Plan, outlining its aspirations and priorities for the next four years.
The new unitary authority’s five priorities are:
- Economic growth
- Unique environment
- Staying safe and well
- Strong, healthy communities
- Suitable housing.
The Council Plan outlines proposed activity to achieve these priorities, all contributing towards making Dorset “a great place to live, work and visit”.
Cutting across all of these priorities is the council’s commitment to tackling climate change and reducing its carbon footprint – work on which is currently underway through a cross-party Executive Advisory Panel, chaired by Cllr Ray Bryan, Cabinet member for Highways, Travel and Environment.
Subject to the plan’s approval by Cabinet on October 1, Dorset Council will then engage with residents and partners throughout October, November and December to seek views and feedback on the draft Council Plan.
Cllr Spencer Flower, leader of Dorset Council, said: “I would like to thank councillors for their input in shaping this draft Council Plan over recent weeks.
“We are ambitious for the people of Dorset and this plan sets out our proposals for what we believe Dorset Council should deliver over the next four years.
“If approved, we will then seek the views of residents on our proposed priorities.”
The final Council Plan, incorporating any feedback received from public engagement, will then be submitted to full council for approval alongside the council’s budget and the medium-term financial plan in February 2020.
The Council Plan will inform all future decisions and policies adopted by the council.