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Council plan

Our Council Plan for 2024-2027 demonstrates the city council’s commitment to making the most of the district’s many attributes as a great place to live, work and visit.

It sets out the council’s priorities and ambitions and a strategic vision for its services, as well as case studies of the council’s many successes, which have been achieved against the background of continued financial challenges.

The Plan is underpinned by four principles:

  • A Sustainable District
  • An Inclusive and Prosperous Local Economy
  • Healthy and Happy Communities
  • A Co-operative, Kind and Responsible Council

Underneath these principles are four themes. They are:

  1. The Climate Emergency 

    This theme includes an ambition to be net zero carbon by 2030 while supporting other individuals, businesses, and organisations across the district to reach the same goal. It also recognises the need to increase biodiversity, protect our district’s unique ecology and ensure habitats provided for wildlife are maintained.
  2. Community Wealth Building

    This includes using the council’s land, property, finance and procurement to benefit local communities and encouraging residents, businesses and organisations to do the same, while supporting the development of new skills within an environmentally sustainable local economy. The need to secure investment and regeneration across our district is also recognised, along with its promotion as an attractive destination for leisure and culture.
  3.  Increasing Wellbeing. Reducing Inequality

    This theme includes the pressing need for more good quality, and affordable housing for local people. Other ambitions in this theme include keeping our district’s neighbourhoods, parks, beaches and open spaces clean, well-maintained and safe, and continuing to provide access to and involvement in arts, culture, leisure, and recreation.
  4. Deliver Effective Services, Take Responsibility.

    Due to the financial context the city council recognises the need to work in partnership with residents, local organisations, and other partners to build a powerful force working for and serving our district.

You can download the plan by clicking on the link below.


Last updated: 19 January 2024

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