Council aims to build a better Newport over the next five years

Posted on Thursday 14th September 2017

Newport City Council’s Cabinet has shown its support for a document that will help shape the council and city over the next five years.

The new corporate plan sets out how the council aims to ‘Build on Success’ and ‘Build a Better Newport’, focusing on jobs and the economy, education and skills, fairness and equality, community safety and cohesion, the environment, transport, culture and social well-being.

Importantly, the plan is based on real actions and outlines 20 commitments for change including prototype work to establish community investment zones which transform services in Newport’s five most deprived areas; developing our work as a dementia friendly city; strengthening community based care; developing new state of the art schools; improving educational achievement; increasing the city’s vibrant cultural offer; further developing the city centre; reducing illegal parking; development of neighbourhood-focussed hubs and the expansion of personalised online resources.

Combined, these actions will help deliver:

  • Resilient communities
  • A thriving city
  • Aspirational people
  • A modernised council

Through the organisation’s mission and values, the plan also shows how the council will continue to work to ‘improve people’s lives’. It also considers how resources can be used to the best effect and acknowledges that the causes of problems must be treated rather than just managing the consequences.

Councillor Debbie Wilcox, Leader of Newport City Council, said: “The previous corporate plan was agreed in 2012 with a commitment to a caring, fairer, learning and working, greener and healthier, and safer city. Despite a period of considerable austerity for local government services, through careful management, the administration has ensured that these promises were met.

“We’ve seen our schools produce some of the best results they have ever achieved. We’re building new schools and redeveloping others. We have increased opportunities for businesses and work and begun the transformation of the city centre with the Friars Walk development. We’ve restored the Pride in Newport waste and litter programme and established zero tolerance initiatives for fly tipping throughout the city. We’ve worked with our partners in the Public Services Board to address issues of antisocial behaviour and crime across the city.

“Despite the ongoing financial challenges, we need to be positive about the future and be ambitious in our plans. The new corporate plan sets out how we intend to do this and shows that economic success and social justice, the values we believe are shared by most people in our city, are at the heart of our work.”

In addition to the focus on ‘Building on Success’ and ‘Building a Better Newport’, the plan also sets out how the council will meet the statutory responsibilities set out in the Well-being of Future Generations Act and includes the council’s well-being objectives which were agreed by Cabinet earlier this year.

The Act is about improving the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of Wales. It makes public bodies, such as the council, think more about the long term impacts of decisions, work better with people, communities and each other, look to prevent problems and take a more joined-up approach.

The corporate plan forms part of the council’s policy framework. It will now be considered by the appropriate scrutiny committee and will need to be formally approved and adopted by full Council.

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