Cabinet, at its meeting on 7 April 2016, will consider a report on the council’s corporate plan for the period 2016 – 2020.
The report of the head of corporate strategy, which Cabinet will consider on 7 April 2016, is attached.
The recommendation of Cabinet will be circulated to councillors on Monday 11 April 2016.
The Scrutiny Committee will consider this report at its meeting on Tuesday 12 April 2016. Any views will be reported to Council.
Council considered Cabinet’s recommendation, made at its meeting on 7 April, on the council’s corporate plan, looking forward to 2020.
A revised corporate plan as tabled at the Cabinet meeting and amended to reflect the change made by Cabinet was circulated to all councillors prior to the meeting and tabled at the meeting.
Mr Hall, Cabinet member responsible for the corporate plan, thanked councillors for their input and in moving Cabinet’s recommendation highlighted a number of areas – tackling air pollution, a cycle hire scheme, improving the provision of cycle tracks, a continuation of the deep clean programme, supporting the voluntary sector, the introduction of individual councillor budgets, investment in leisure facilities and investigating opportunities for increasing the role of parish councils in hyperlocal issues. He believed the corporate plan would focus activity, guide policy and operational decisions, and inform the public of the council’s aims.
A number of councillors welcomed the introduction of individual councillor budgets. Those who had experience of such budgets at Oxfordshire County Council identified the benefits of ward councillors having the ability to address issues at the local level, the benefits of seed funding and the potential for achieving matched funding from parish councils. Other councillors welcomed the support for local bus services and the commitment to tackle poor air quality.
In response to a question, Mr Hall stated that reference to any specific areas in the dog fouling and litter target would be removed from the corporate plan.
Council welcomed the corporate plan. Mr Hall advised that the final version would be published taking account of any minor amendments suggested by councillors and agreed by the head of corporate strategy in consultation with him as Cabinet member for the corporate plan.
1. adopt the Corporate Plan 2016 – 2020;
2. authorise the head of corporate strategy in consultation with the Cabinet member for the corporate plan to finalise and publish the Corporate Plan 2016 – 2020.
To consider the head of corporate strategy’s report.
Cabinet considered the head of corporate strategy’s report, which proposed a new corporate plan to cover the period 2016 to 2020. This identified the council’s strategic objectives and priorities, and would help guide decisions on the allocation of resources. The corporate plan, if adopted by Council, would replace the priorities set out in the corporate plan that ended in 2016.
David Turner addressed Cabinet, suggesting that the corporate plan could help with:
· providing more help to groups developing neighbourhood plans
· publishing an annual programme for the deep cleansing programme
· providing rural transport to the council’s leisure centres
· protecting rural bus services
Mr Turner also welcomed the introduction of budgets for individual councillors and plans to encourage providers to improve mobile phone coverage in rural areas.
The Cabinet member responsible for the corporate plan tabled an updated version of the plan and described its main points. He believed the corporate plan would focus activity, guide policy and operational decisions, and inform the public of the council’s aims. Many policy choices had been made during informal discussions on the draft plan. Cabinet was invited to make further amendments prior to recommending its adoption to the Council.
Cabinet supported the draft corporate plan but added ‘increasing participation in activity and sport to improve health’ under the heading of helping people to healthy and active.
The Cabinet member also thanked the officer for her assistance in developing the plan, and thanked Mr Turner for his suggestions. The Cabinet member agreed to consider these and any more suggestions recommended by the Scrutiny Committee before the corporate plan would be considered by the Council on 14 April.
RECOMMENDED: to Council to adopt the Corporate Plan 2016 – 2020 as tabled at the Cabinet meeting, plus the following on page 4: