Thursday, 28 February 2013

Priorities Set By South Cambridgeshire Communities

Councillors have approved a set of priorities today (Thursday 28 February) to help continue to improve life for residents and businesses within South Cambridgeshire.

At a meeting of Council, when the budget was also agreed 2013/14, councillors debated the proposed plans which had been put forward following a consultation with residents and businesses to find out their current priorities and future aspirations.

Following a public consultation, councillors have approved three main pledges for the following year:

  • We will listen and engage with residents, parishes and  businesses to ensure we deliver first class services and value for money
  • We will work with partners to create opportunities for employment, enterprise, and world-leading innovation.
  • We will make sure that South Cambridgeshire continues to offer an outstanding and sustainable quality of life for our residents

To make sure the aims residents and businesses have helped set are achieved, a 30-point action plan has also been set. These main aims and goals were used to allocate the Council’s budget for next year.

The actions agreed build on successes over recent years including a new customer contact service saving taxpayers over £250,000 a year, work to ensure the council makes it as easy as possible for businesses to thrive in the district and plans to build hundreds of new council houses.

Cllr James Hockney, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for customer and corporate services, said: “The main aims and aspirations of our residents and businesses go hand in hand with the Council agreeing our budget for next year. We have listened to what people have said during the consultation and put them at its heart of what we plan to achieve. South Cambridgeshire is consistently recognised as one of the top places to live and work in the country, and one of our key aims over the next few years will be to continue to develop our local economy so we can help create more employment opportunities for our residents. We know there are still a number of challenges to address, such as the A14 and delivering the sustainable new housing people need, but we are fully committed to working with partners to tackle these."