SNP set out their five-year blue­print for area

Lennox Herald - - NEWS - Jenny Foulds

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.”

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