Council Programme and Corporate Plan approved
7th March 2019
The Council's Programme "Local Voices: Highland Choices" was approved at today's Council meeting 7th March 2019, along with a Corporate Plan which provides the measures and actions required to deliver and monitor the Programme.
The Corporate Plan also underpins the priorities set out in the Council's budget strategy and change programme "A Sustainable Highland" which was approved by Council in February 2019.
The Corporate Plan provides a performance framework to ensure the Council has continuous and comprehensive performance monitoring to deliver the outcomes for a high performing, ambitious, sustainable and connected Council.
An annual performance report will be produced from September 2020.
Alasdair Christie Depute Leader of the Council said: "The Council's Programme presents an opportunity to be aspirational and ambitious, we will work in an inclusive way with our communities ensuring that we improve outcomes for folks and in so doing improve lives.
"This Plan provides the essential foundations for ensuring that we drive forward shared and agreed priorities to deliver a more efficient better connected Council. Clear targets, robust scrutiny and regular monitoring will help to keep us on track as we go forward."
Chief Executive Donna Manson said: "I am ambitious that we will be a high performing council, with a performance culture which sets ambitious targets and regularly monitors our progress to deliver the right results. We have some excellent examples of high performing teams and initiatives in Highland. We need to build on success and challenge where things can be improved and our services made more affordable and efficient. This will enable us to be more sustainable into the future.
"It is vital as we move forward that we work together with partners, that staff are empowered and the public see a change in approach which evidences continued listening to communities, taking cognisance of their positive ideas about how we can deliver a better service."
The paper on the corporate plan can be seen at https://www.highland.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/4093/highland_council/attachment/74980
The Highland Council's Environmental Health Team is advising users of private water supplies to take preventative steps to preserve their drinking water. Following a mild Winter and Spring, there is increasing pressures on water supplies.
There will be minimal impact on PSA posts due to extensive work done to protect staff through the holding back over 50 vacant posts and identifying other opportunities within the council. We have committed to avoiding compulsory redundancies.
The Highland Council, in partnership with Under One Roof Scotland, are inviting all private landlords to a special seminar specifically to look at issues surrounding common repairs and building maintenance in flats and how to deal with any problems that may arise. Under One Roof Scotland www.underoneroof.scot is an impartial online information site for flat owners and their advisers.
A greatly improved financial position is to be reported to the council's Corporate Resources Committee meeting next week for the financial year 2018/19. The position reflects the overspend reducing by £3M due to management actions in recent months.
Already leading the way when it comes to providing nutritional school meals, The Highland Council has reaffirmed its commitment to put more local fresh seasonal food on school dinner plates. Catherine Pendreigh, Food for Life Partnerships Manager at the Soil Association gave a presentation at today's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee on the accreditation already awarded to Highland Council's school meals and how this could be further developed in the future.
Members of The Highland Council's Environment, Development and Infrastructure Committee have welcomed new funding to stimulate economic investments in Highland town centres to help them diversify and flourish. In partnership with COSLA The Scottish Government have provided £50m capital to set up the Town Centre Fund 2019-2020.
The Highland Council is warning anyone considering buying a puppy to ensure they buy from reputable sources. Concerns have been raised that people are illegally importing dogs from Europe to sell without the correct health checks or paperwork.
Parking Enforcement is coming to a street near you. With the Decriminalisation of Parking Enforcement, and establishment of the Highland Council Parking Services in 2016, the local authority has committed to the roll-out of enforcement activities across all population centres in Highland.
Progress in the transformation of Inverness Castle to become a new visitor attraction for the city was marked today with the announcement of contracts awarded to the architect and the creative director for the project. The Inverness Castle project forms part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region deal.
The Chief Executive and Budget Leader are meeting with all budget holders this week to set out the need for tight budget controls to continue throughout the year. The Council approved the Council's change programme "A Sustainable Highland" in February, which is set to deliver £37.456m savings over the next three years.
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