SET­TING OUT THE TAR­GETS

Coun­cil’s 5-year plan

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Colin Pater­son

It has been de­scribed as one of the most im­por­tant doc­u­ments pre­pared by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

And SNP ad­min­is­tra­tion leader John Ross wants the lo­cal au­thor­ity’s five-year plan to make a dif­fer­ence to the lives of every­one in the re­gion.

The plan, en­ti­tled Con­nect, sets out the coun­cil’s vi­sion and ob­jec­tives from 2017 to 2022 – with 11 ob­jec­tives tar­geted.

Ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee coun­cil­lors en­dorsed the plan which will go be­fore a meet­ing of the full coun­cil on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 6.

Coun­cil­lor Ross says more than 95 per cent of res­i­dents have given the plan the thumbs up fol­low­ing a con­sul­ta­tion ex­er­cise.

He said: “It sets out what we hope to achieve in order to im­prove the lives of lo­cal peo­ple and clearly states how we will serve lo­cal peo­ple and work with our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties over the next few years.

“This means we will strive to lift chil­dren out of poverty, we will en­cour­age ev­ery young per­son to ful­fil their po­ten­tial and we will give ev­ery ci­ti­zen a stake in South La­nark­shire’s fu­ture.” The ob­jec­tives listed are: Im­prove later life; pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple young and old; de­liver bet­ter health and so­cial care out­comes; im­prove avail­abil­ity, qual­ity and ac­cess of hous­ing; im­prove road net­work while in­flu­enc­ing pub­lic trans­port and en­cour­ag­ing ac­tive travel; pro­mote thriv­ing and sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties; pro­vide con­di­tions for eco­nomic growth; tackle de­pri­va­tion and sup­port as­pi­ra­tion; im­prove ed­u­ca­tional achieve­ment and raise at­tain­ment; en­sure schools are in­spi­ra­tional and en­cour­age peo­ple to take part in phys­i­cal and cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties.

Im­pact Coun­cil leader John Ross has out­lined ob­jec­tives

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