Have your say on Newark and Sherwood District Council’s strategic priorities
Residents, stakeholders and partners are being asked for their views on Newark and Sherwood District Council’s proposed priorities for the next four years.
Over the last four years, the gradual economic recovery and continued austerity with public finances have continued to present challenges for local authorities. The council has been able to manage its finances and services carefully, making significant savings while responding to the needs of Newark and Sherwood’s residents, communities and businesses.
Difficult choices have been made about priorities, large savings have been delivered (£3.5 million between 2011/12 and 2014/15) and key improvements have been delivered.
Management costs and overheads have been reduced significantly and the move to a new council office building will contribute to further reductions in overheads. We are planning to make further savings as our income from government reduces up to the year 2020.
Major investments have been realised in a new museum and National Civil War Centre and the new Newark Sports and Fitness Centre and looking ahead to 2017 we will have built a new council headquarters and will unlock private and government funding in business and in housing, creating more local jobs, boosting supply chains and aiding community wellbeing.
The council’s vision is for Newark and Sherwood’s urban and rural communities to take pride in being vibrant, sustainable and having a high quality of life. To achieve this we want to deliver excellent, appropriate services and value for money.
The council is proposing to continue to use the themes of People, Place, Prosperity and Public Service as themes to frame its strategic priorities – each of which are of equal importance. These themes are focused on four key areas – homes, the economy, safety and cleanliness and healthiness.
Your views are welcome as they will help the council to shape its future services and ways of working.
We would appreciate if you could spare the time to help with our research by completing our online survey which will take approximately five minutes to complete.
If you have any queries regarding the survey please contact Policy and Commissioning on 01636 655231 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The council is committed to listening and learning from the views of local people, businesses and voluntary and community groups. Your views on how services are provided are important to us.
We will provide feedback on the results of consultation, and will let you know the findings and what action we have taken as a result.
The consultation is open for six weeks and responses will close on Friday, June 3.