What should be the priorities for Conservative-run Wealden District Council? That's the question being asked of residents and organisations across the district in a consultation exercise as the first step in drawing up a new Corporate Plan to set priorities for the next few years.
The authority is conducting a review of its all-important forward plan with an online survey (also available in paper form for those who prefer it).
Wealden council collects our council tax but passes most of it on to the big-spenders such as the police and county council. But, with its share it is responsible for the collection of household waste and street cleaning, housing and benefits administration, collection of council tax and business rates, maintaining the electoral roll and running polling stations, operating leisure centres, public and environmental health, planning policy and determining planning applications.
The survey has four sections:
- We want Wealden businesses, communities and residents to thrive and prosper in the District. We are committed to planning and promoting opportunities for sustainable growth.
- Wealden will continue to be a well-run Council, well thought of and respected by our residents, peers and partners.
- We want people in Wealden’s communities to have the opportunity to enjoy an excellent quality of life.
- We are steadfast in our duty and desire to protect Wealden’s beautiful landscape. We want people in Wealden to be able to access and enjoy the outstanding natural beauty and heritage of our landscape and environment, including conservation areas.
Once stakeholders have submitted feedback, the council drafts its plan for scrutiny by committees, Cabinet and Full Council for final agreement.
Wealden District Council's Conservative leader Ann Newton said, “The Corporate Plan sets out our direction, aims and priorities as a district council for the next four years.
“We are consulting on our next Corporate Plan now as we want to know what is important to our residents and what our priorities should be from 2023-2027. Whether it’s supporting local businesses and our high streets, helping older people and disabled people that need support, delivering housing for local people, promoting activities that improve health and well-being or creating new employment opportunities, we want to know what’s important to you.
“I would urge everyone to let us know by filling in the survey online or by completing a form and sending it back to us.”
The consultation runs from now until 30th September.
Click to complete the survey HERE