Council's new 5 year plan focuses on environment, economy and welfare - The Malvern Observer

Council's new 5 year plan focuses on environment, economy and welfare

Malvern Editorial 1st Feb, 2024   0

INCREASED footfall in town centres, environmentally friendly waste vehicles, and further investment in welfare support are all part of Malvern Hills District Council’s newly approved five year plan.

The council’s revised proposals were approved at a council meeting on Tuesday (January 30) and includes new actions and amendments where circumstances have changed or targets have been updated.

The plan, which is reviewed annually, sets out 31 actions to be completed by 2025 under its three priority areas – health and wellbeing, economy and environment.

One of the biggest changes is a great emphasis on health and wellbeing, with the council committing to increasing investment in welfare support in 2024/20225 to ‘directly support those most in need of help with household basics’.

As for the environment, the council has promised to run all of their household waste collection vehicles on Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) by 2025.

The council has also pledhed to return footfall in the region’s towns to ‘atleast pre-Covid levels’ by 2026, with the view to grow it by a further 10 per cent by 2030.

Councillor Tom Wells, leader of Malvern Hills District Council said:

“The Five Year Plan refresh is updated every year based on feedback from our residents’ survey. It plays an important part in helping us to enhance the district Health and Wellbeing is a golden thread that runs through everything we do.

“By changing the council’s priority, this represents how essential is it in improving the quality of life for residents in our local communities.”

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