Cabinet Members have agreed for the Council to consult residents about the draft Corporate Plan 2020-2024 (‘Making a Difference’).
A report to Thursday’s Cabinet meeting (October 17) asked Members to consider the draft Plan, which sets a vision for Rhondda Cynon Taf in 2024 and sets the overall direction of the Council over the next four years. The report updated Members with amendments to the Plan from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, following its consideration during September 2019.
Following Cabinet’s decision on Thursday, the Council will soon carry out a number of public engagement events in communities across the County Borough aligned with its annual Budget consultation. A dedicated micro-site will be used on the Council’s website, where residents can view the draft Plan and have their say on its priorities – People, Places and Prosperity.
The process will also include the involvement of key stakeholders and a number of forums, along with internal staff engagement. Further details about the launch of the consultation, and how to get involved, will be communicated shortly.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said: “Cabinet Members have agreed for the Council to consult residents on the Council’s second Corporate Plan ‘Making a Difference’, covering the period 2020-2024. It focuses on three main priority areas – People, Places and Prosperity – building upon the prudent financial management and significant investment in key areas, which have been achieved to date.
“Since the first Corporate Plan was published in 2016, almost £400m of capital funding has been invested across a number of important service areas. These include £170m for 21st Century Schools, £85m for Highways and Transportation, £95m for regenerating Town Centres and community assets, and £15m on parks, play areas, leisure centres and outdoor sports facilities.
“Despite continued financial challenges right across the public sector, there is plenty to be positive about for Rhondda Cynon Taf, which is reflected in our ambition for the next four years. The Cardiff Capital Region is one of the UK’s fastest-growing areas, and as a result our County Borough is seeing positive trends such as a reduction in unemployment, falling numbers of pupils eligible for free school meals, and more people on benefits moving into work.
“There are also many exciting opportunities in the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal, and the South Wales Metro. By 2023, this will be delivered to have a significant and positive economic and social impact on local communities. Other key foundations will be the ability to access a good education and the creation of employment opportunities, now and for future generations.
“The draft Plan is again ambitious and positive, aiming to embrace a fast-changing world. Having a clean and pleasant environment remains one of our very highest priorities, alongside a wider commitment to not only reduce our carbon footprint but deliver upon Net Zero targets. We will also continue to provide investment in key infrastructure to create economic opportunities.
“I would urge residents to take part and have their say in the upcoming public consultation process, which will take place over the coming weeks and months. The feedback received will be collated by Officers and considered by Cabinet in March 2020, as a key tool in shaping and finalising the Corporate Plan.”
The draft Corporate Plan sets a proposed vision for Rhondda Cynon Taf:
“To be the best place in Wales to live, work and play, where people and businesses are independent, healthy and prosperous.”
The draft Plan proposes that, from 2020-2024, the Council is focused on three main priority areas – relating to People, Place and Prosperity:
“Ensuring People: are independent, healthy and successful.”
“Creating Places: where people are proud to live, work and play.”
“Enabling Prosperity: creating the opportunity for people and businesses to be innovative, entrepreneurial, and fulfil their potential and prosper.”
Posted on Friday 18th October 2019