Your Councillors

Policy and Resources Committee

27 January 2016

Is the final decision on the recommendations in this report to be made at this meeting?

No

 

Strategic Plan 2015-20 refresh

 

Final Decision-Maker

Policy and Resources Committee

Lead Head of Service

Head of Policy and Communications

Lead Officer and Report Author

Policy and Information Manager

Classification

Public

Wards affected

All

 

 

This report makes the following recommendations to this Committee:

1.   To consider the projects under the Priority Action areas and whether there is anything missing†

2.   Agree the action plan, milestones and outcomes (attached at Appendix I)

 

 

This report relates to the following corporate priorities:

         Keeping Maidstone Borough an attractive place for all

         Securing a successful economy for Maidstone Borough

 

 

Timetable

Meeting

Date

Policy and Resources Committee

27 January 2016

Policy and Resources Committee

17 February 2016

Council

2 March 2016



Strategic Plan 2015-20 refresh

 

 

1.        PURPOSE OF REPORT AND EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

1.1     The Councilís Strategic Plan sets the direction for the next five years and aligns with the Medium Term Financial Strategy.† The Strategic Plan 2015-20 (Appendix II) will be refreshed for 2016 to ensure that it continues to align and projects remain relevant.

 

1.2     The Council is facing a particularly challenging future with changes to funding from central government. The Council will remain objective led and outcome focussed.

 

1.3     The Policy and Resources Committee have the opportunity to shape the work that delivers the priority action areas for this Committee before the final draft document and complete action plan is presented to them for consideration following review and agreement by the other Committees.

 

1.4     The priority action areas for the Policy and Resources committee are

 

         Promoting a range of employment opportunities and skills required across our Borough

         Enhancing the appeal of the town centre for everyone

         Providing a clean and safe environment (relates to one Crematorium project only)

 

1.5     The Committee are asked to review the projects and related draft action plan identifying any changes that they consider may be required.†

 

 

2.        INTRODUCTION AND BACKGROUND

 

2.1     The Councilís current Strategic Plan 2015-20 was agreed in March 2015 and set two priorities:

 

1.   Keeping Maidstone Borough an attractive place for all

2.   Securing a successful economy for Maidstone Borough

 

2.2     With eight priority action areas:

 

         Providing a clean and safe environment

         Encouraging good health and wellbeing

         Respecting the character of our Borough

         Ensuring there are good leisure and cultural attractions

         Enhancing the appeal of the town centre for everyone

         Securing improvements to the transport infrastructure of our Borough

         Promoting a range of employment opportunities and skills required across the Borough

         Planning for sufficient homes to meet our Boroughís Needs

 

2.3     In September 2015 the Policy and Resource Committee agreed that the existing Strategic Plan would be refreshed to ensure that the actions and performance measures align with changes to the Budget Strategy. †

 

2.4     Chairmen and Vice Chairmen have already met with Head of Services and reviewed the proposed projects under the eight priority action areas and raised some areas for consideration.† The draft action plan can be seen at Appendix I.

 

2.5     The Policy and Resources Committee will receive the draft Strategic Plan 2016-17 refresh with the full completed action plan to review before it is presented to full Council in March 2016.

 

2.6     It should be noted that whilst the Councilís resources have been diminished as a result of the provisional local government finance settlement the ambition and aspiration to deliver our priorities remains. The Medium Term Financial Strategy remains aligned to the priorities and underpins their delivery.

 

 

 

3.        AVAILABLE OPTIONS

 

3.1     The Committee reviews the projects and related actions plan and comments on areas for change or development, and help shape the Councilís Strategic Plan. This can be seen at Appendix I.

3.2     The Committee could decide not consider the update areas and defer any decision to the next Policy and Resources Committee in February when the draft Strategic Plan and related action plan will be considered.† This would reduce the time for officers to take on any recommendations made by the Committee to shape future direction.†

 

 

4.        PREFERRED OPTION AND REASONS FOR RECOMMENDATIONS

 

4.1     The Committee reviews the projects and related action plan, comments on areas for change or development helping shape the Councilís Strategic Plan.

 

 

5.       CONSULTATION RESULTS AND PREVIOUS COMMITTEE FEEDBACK

 

5.1     This agenda item is the first part of the consultation with Members of this Committee before the full draft refreshed action plan is submitted in February prior to consideration by Full Council in March 2016.†

 

5.2     Residents were consulted on our strategic priorities as part of developing the Strategic Plan 2015-20.† Further consultation has now been undertaken through a resident survey, top ten results can be seen at Appendix III.

 

 

6.       NEXT STEPS: COMMUNICATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF THE DECISION

 

6.1     The full Strategic Plan 2015-20 (2016-17 refresh) will be reported to the Policy and Resources Committee along with any suggested changes from the Committee on 17 February 2016 and will be agreed at Full Council on
2 March 2016.

 

 

7.       CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES AND IMPLICATIONS

 

 

Issue

Implications

Sign-off

Impact on Corporate Priorities

Keeping Maidstone Borough an attractive place for all

 

Securing a successful economy for Maidstone Borough

 

Angela Woodhouse

Risk Management

 

[Head of Service or Manager]

Financial

Any significant changes recommended by the committee would need to align with the medium term financial strategy

Paul Riley

Staffing

Any changes to existing projects or work programmes may affect the staff delivering this

John Littlemore and Dawn Hudd

Legal

 

[Legal Team]

Equality Impact Needs Assessment

 

[Policy & Information Manager]

Environmental/Sustainable Development

 

[Head of Service or Manager]

Community Safety

 

[Head of Service or Manager]

Human Rights Act

 

[Head of Service or Manager]

Procurement

 

[Head of Service & Section 151 Officer]

Asset Management

 

[Head of Service & Manager]

 

8.        REPORT APPENDICES

 

The following documents are to be published with this report and form part of the report:

         Appendix I: Action Plan

         Appendix II: Strategic Plan 2015-20

         Appendix III: Resident Survey Results

 

 

9.        BACKGROUND PAPERS