Cabinet has considered feedback received from an extensive and wide-ranging consultation about the draft Corporate Plan 2020-2024 – and agreed for it to be presented to Full Council next month, where it could receive final approval.
The Council has developed its second Corporate Plan, entitled ‘Making a Difference’, to cover the years 2020 to 2024 – setting out its vision and priorities. The Plan is a very important strategic document for the Council as it sets out its overall direction and investment for the next four years. The Council’s first Corporate Plan, ‘The Way Ahead’, has been in place since 2016 and ends in March 2020.
The Corporate Plan for 2020-2024, currently in draft form, promotes the following vision for Rhondda Cynon Taf:
“To be the best place in Wales to live, work and play, where people and businesses are independent, healthy and prosperous.
It also proposes that, during the next four years, the Council is focused on the following three main priority areas:
“Ensuring People: are independent, healthy and successful.”
“Creating Places: where people are proud to live, work and play.”
“Enabling Prosperity: creating opportunities for people and businesses to be innovative, entrepreneurial, and fulfil their potential and prosper.”
A 12-week public consultation period was put in place from October 2019 to January 2020. During this time, residents were able to provide their views in a number of ways.
A dedicated webpage provided residents with information about the draft Corporate Plan and encouraged residents to submit comments, views and suggestions – and 15 engagement events were held in local communities across Rhondda Cynon Taf so residents had the opportunity to have their say in person. The Council’s social media accounts promoted the dedicated website and the engagement events, and also showed videos illustrating each of the proposed priorities.
The Council’s Citizens Panel, Councillors, Town and Community Councils, Public Service partner agencies, local Assembly Members and local Members of Parliament were also invited to give their views. The Council also engaged with representative groups for Young People, Disabled People and Older People in the community.
The feedback was positive, with the clear overall view in support of the Council’s proposed vision and the three main priorities. In total, 367 people engaged with this process.
At its meeting on Thursday, February 13, Cabinet considered a report outlining this feedback – which was detailed in full as an Appendix to the report. Following consideration of the feedback and revisions to the Plan arising from the feedback, Cabinet agreed that the draft Corporate Plan is presented to Full Council in March 2020, where Elected Members could agree for it to be implemented.
Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, said: “The Corporate Plan is one of the most important strategies this Council will consider, as it shapes the direction of Rhondda Cynon Taf for a significant four-year period. It is not intended to outline every activity the Council will undertake up to 2024, but it should be seen as a framework to guide us.
“To illustrate its significance, during the current Corporate Plan period (2016-2020) almost £400m capital funding was invested across our identified priority service areas. These areas of investment include 21st Century Schools, Highways and Transportation, regenerating Town Centres and community assets, parks, play areas, leisure centres and outdoor sports facilities.
“It was pleasing that the Council received very positive feedback in many areas across the consultation. It was also important to hear any key areas of concern – with responding to Climate Change chief among them. The draft Plan includes key actions in respect of improving the environment around us, and as a result of the positive intervention of the new Cabinet Climate Change Steering Group, I’m confident significant progress will be made.
“Following agreement by Cabinet on Thursday, Full Council will now consider the draft Corporate Plan in March 2020 – which will be implemented for the new financial year subject to approval by Elected Members.”