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Councillors to set priorities for the Vale after residents have their say

Record numbers of residents and people working in the Vale of White Horse recently responded to a survey about the district council’s forthcoming new Corporate Plan, and councillors are set to consider changes to plans based on the public feedback.

In July the council asked those living and working in the Vale to comment on six themes that could form the basis of the district council’s priorities that would form part of the council’s new Corporate Plan. Nearly 800 people responded and had their say on the draft priorities, including; Providing homes people need, Tackling the Climate Emergency and Building stable council finances.

The feedback from the survey will help councillors finalise their plan for the district and all those who live and work in it – now and in the years to come.

Residents provided a wide range of useful feedback and after going through the responses, the Cabinet will now consider some changes to their themes including:

  • Putting more emphasis on action to tackle on the Climate Emergency, given the high level of support for this theme.
  • embedding a culture of continuous improvement and review of services to ensure that we continue to provide value for money
  • creating a high-quality district-wide cycling/pedestrian network and publicising existing cycle and pedestrian routes through our communications channels.

 Cllr Emily Smith, leader of Vale of White Horse District Council said: “I am really pleased to see that so many people felt passionate about where they live and wanted to have their say about what we as a council should focus on over the coming years. It’s important that our work reflects what residents and local businesses want us to prioritise, so I thank everyone who responded to the consultation.”

Cllr Debby Hallett, Cabinet member for corporate services and transformation at Vale of White Horse District Council said “The Corporate Plan is our promise to the residents of the Vale of White Horse that we will focus on the things that matter to them, which is why we’ve listened very carefully to their feedback and are aiming to make meaningful changes to our plans based on that.”

Note to Editors:

Earlier today the council’s Cabinet voted to recommend the full council, which meets next week, should to adopt the new Corporate Plan.

You can find out more about the draft Corporate Plan here