SNP set out their five-year blueprint for area
The ruling SNP administration have set out their priorities for West Dunbartonshire over the next five years.
The group, which was elected to rule the local authority in May’s elections, published their strategic plan ahead of tonight’s (Wednesday) full council meeting.
Among pledges, they want to decrease the number of children living in poverty, increase the availability of social housing and reduce the percentage of households in fuel poverty.
They also propose to increase street cleanliness, improve resident satisfaction with roads maintenance and boost attendance levels amongst council employees.
The administration has not yet revealed how they plan to deliver the improved services but councillors are set to discuss and drive forward with the proposals tonight in Clydebank Town Hall.
Council leader Jonathan McColl said: “We’ve put a lot of work into getting this plan right and thanks to the thousands of people who’ve taken the time to tell us what’s important to them.
“We’re confident we are prioritising those areas our constituents want to see improvement or sustained good performance.
“Our plan is specifically designed to complement the joint work being undertaken by our public and third sector community planning partners in the police, fire, health, the college, Community andVolunteering Service and many more.
“We agreed the partnership’s plan in September, and by ensuring that we’re all pulling in the same direction with plans to deliver the joint goals, we will deliver the positive changes our communities need.”
The plan sets out the SNP’s priorities with initial service delivery targets that will be reviewed as the plan progresses.
Officers and SNP councillors have been working together on the plan since the new administration took office in May and feedback from the public before, during and since the election have driven the areas targeted for improvement.
The main areas of focus will be education, frontline service delivery, the local economy and community empowerment and wellbeing.
Councillor Caroline McAllister, depute leader and spokesperson for community empowerment, added: “Community empowerment will be the key to our success.
“We need the public to engage with us and we need to find ways to make that happen, not just for those existing committed and enthusiastic community voices, but for people who have never felt they had a real say in how their council’s services are delivered.
“As councillors, we live in our communities and we all have a responsibility to do what we can to make our lives and our neighbours’ lives better.
“I’m determined that everything we do as a council reflects what our constituents tell us they need and that everyone, young old and in-between will be able to influence what their council does for them.”