Local authority unveils updated Council Plan for 2016-18
South Ayrshire Council has pledged to continue to deliver thriving public services through close partnership with local communities. The two-year Council Plan for 2016-18 has been unveiled by the local authority, which highlights priority areas and six strategic objectives*.
Among the key action areas:
- Getting more people into work and supporting opportunities for employment
- Develop the Ayrshire Growth deal with North and East Ayrshire Councils
- Deliver new schools for communities through work at buildings including Marr College, Ayr Academy, and Tarbolton and Dailly Primaries
- Improve career prospects by increasing the number of young people and adults with relevant qualifications
- Champion community decision making through participatory budgeting
- Improve the energy efficiency of homes across South Ayrshire
- Increase access to affordable homes and upgrade sheltered housing to increase activity and promote independent living
- Complete the new Quay Zone Leisure Centre in Girvan
- Change the way the Council works to achieve transformational change, including increased access to online services
The new plan comes at a time of continued financial constraints. Initial financial projections for 2017-18 alone have indicated an estimated budget gap in revenue terms of £5.4 million, not including the potential pressures likely to be experienced by the council's contribution to the Health and Social Care Partnership. The figure is liable to change over time as new factors come into play.
Bill McIntosh, Leader of South Ayrshire Council, said the Council was working hard to deliver the best deal possible for local people, "There's no doubt that the next two years will bring fresh challenges, and our success will depend on the way that we respond for our communities.
"Our focus on the local economy, finding new opportunities for both the young and old, as well as in the wider community remains, while we'll also be working hard to change the way we deliver services to make sure we're constantly evolving.
"By integrating our services where possible, focusing on early intervention and prevention for key services, empowering communities to take more control of their lives, we will be well placed to continue to deliver services to high standards."
*South Ayrshire Council's Strategic Objectives for 2016-18
- Working in partnership to maximise the potential of our local economy
- Working in partnership to maximise the potential of our young people
- Working in partnership to maximise the potential of our adults and older people
- Working in partnership to maximise the potential of our communities
- Working in partnership to maximise the potential of our environment
- Improve the way that we work as a Council
The latest Council Plan for 2016-18 can be accessed here.