To receive this report.
The Committee received an introduction from the Leader of Council and a report from the Director, Customers and Communities regarding the draft County Vision 2018 -21
In previous Administrations, a detailed County Plan has been approved giving direction and strategic guidance to officers and politicians. It was felt that in some ways the County Plan process was trying to provide a detailed reference point for all the Council’s services and with that scope had only a limited success.
The new approach for 2018-21 is to present a Vision instead of a Plan setting high level principles and direction of travel but flexible enough to adapt and change according to national government as well as local pressures and opportunities.
A presentation slide was shared with members which summarised the four key principles of the Vision.
The draft Vision will be shared with the public, partners and stakeholders to give outside bodies a chance to influence the final form. The finalised Vision will be taken to Full Council in February 2018.
The Committee questioned the relationship between the Vision and council policies and it was confirmed that policies would need to underpin the Vision. They discussed the timeframe for the Vision and suggested that a ‘stepping stone’ guidance be produced detailing how to achieve the aims of the Vision so that progress could be measured. It was confirmed that the timeframe for the Vision would be the course of the present administration.
The Committee noted the report. It was agreed to circulate the presentation slides to the Committee.