In May this year the Councillors from South Hams District Council approved a high level corporate strategy to guide how they deliver council services over the next five years. Against a backdrop of reduced funding from central government, they wanted to set a realistic overarching vision of what they would like to achieve in the District.
Now they want to share these high level themes with the public, and for the public to share their thoughts on what they think the council should prioritise under each of them.
Leader of South Hams District Council, Cllr John Tucker, explains: “Earlier in the year councillors got together to discuss and agree how we could have a positive impact on the lives of our residents by providing good value and easy to use services. So we set ourselves six key themes to help us categorise that work: Council, Homes, Communities, Enterprise, Environment and Wellbeing.
“Now we would like to hear from you, our residents and businesses, under each of our carefully considered themes, what do you think we should prioritise?”
Starting during Democracy Week for eight weeks South Hams District Council is asking residents and businesses to complete a short Survey. Once complete the Council will share its findings and use them to guide how they plan to deliver services over the next five years.
Cllr Tucker continued: “There is no better time than Democracy week to launch this survey. We are really keen to build strong bonds with our communities and our residents. Good, meaningful engagement is the future for us and we would encourage all of our residents to spare just five minutes of their time to tell us what they think.
As one of this year’s inaugural Democracy week slogan says “every voice matters” and we want to hear yours.
“Regardless of who we are or where we are from, we must work together to make sure that every member of society has an equal chance to take part in our democracy and to have their say.” The Cabinet Office #talkdemocracy
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Access the survey: Corporate Strategy – Have Your Say