Decision details

Report of the Head of Policy and Communications - Strategic Plan 2015-20, 2017-18 Update

Decision Maker: Communities, Housing and Environment Committee

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


To review the action areas relevant to the Committee’s terms of reference.



1.  That the following amendments to the draft Strategic Plan 2015-20, 2017-18 Update be recommended to Policy and Resources Committee:



As presented


Committee’s amendments

(additions in bold)

Vision, Mission and Values Section


Our Vision section followed by Our Mission section.


Reformat so that Our Mission is first section, followed by Our Vision.

Action Section


Under Action – A home for everyone

Planning and delivery for sufficient homes to meet our Borough’s needs’ be re-inserted and ‘A home for everyone’ be taken out


Our Values Section


STRIVE Section placed on page 3.

Section to be relocated to last page of document.

Providing a Clean and Safe Environment


First paragraph

Maidstone Borough Council has demonstrated its commitment to deliver cost effective and sustainable waste and recycling services. as a result our recycling rate has improved significantly. Maidstone does not experience high levels of crime.  We have with our Community Safety Partnership agreed that reducing anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse, reoffending and improving road safety are out priorities up until 2018 During the first year of the Strategic Plan The Council has introduced street cleansing and we will ensure we meet that objective.


We mean

People feel safe in the Borough and they live in a clean environment of high quality an attractive a safe and clean environment.


We will

Working with partners to deliver the Community Safety Plan Strategy 2017-18.


We will

Amend: Deliver the Air Quality Strategy working with partnerships

 Respecting the Character and Heritage of our Borough


We mean


·  Not to include - Deliver the blue and green infrastructure strategy

·  Include - Deliver the biodiversity action plan

Ensuring there are good Leisure and Cultural Attractions


Amend first paragraph

There is always something to see or do in Maidstone borough with the river, two museums and a theatre in the town centre, quality parks and open spaces and a well used leisure centre, a castle, various markets and a variety of festivals and events held across the Borough and throughout the year.


We will

Keep the bullet point: Maximise the benefits of our leisure and cultural assets through our commercialisation approach to maintain key services


Delete: Deliver the programme of projects a sustainable future for Mote Park


Add: Ten year Parks and Open Spaces Strategy

A Home for Everyone


Change title – A home for everyone

Planning and delivery for sufficient homes to meet our Borough’s needs


We mean

Amend sentence to read: Having enough homes to meet our residents’ long term needs, to include homes for affordable rent and affordable home ownership.  These must be economically sustainable for all our residents. 


Delete:  deliver the affordable housing programme.


Not to include: develop and implement a housing standards strategy





2.  That it be recommended to Policy and Resources Committee that Key Performance Indicators for the action areas be considered by each Service Committee following the finalisation and adoption of the Strategic Plan 2015-20, 2017-18 update.





Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Contact: Angela Woodhouse, Head of Policy and Communications Email: Email: Tel: 01622 602620.

Report author: Angela Woodhouse

Publication date: 19/01/2017

Date of decision: 17/01/2017

Decided: 17/01/2017 - Communities, Housing and Environment Committee

Effective from: 27/01/2017

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