21st Aug, 2017

Have your say on Malvern Hills District Council's priorities

Craig Gibbons 11th Aug, 2017

RESIDENTS are being urged to tell Malvern Hills District Council what their priorities should be in the coming years.

The council is currently reviewing its Five Year Plan and has launched a consultation to gain views on what issues the public would like to see focused on.

The plan runs until 2021 and contains various actions setting out how the council will deliver on its three key priorities – building stronger and healthier communities, driving economic growth and prosperity and making the most of our superb environment.

Residents are being asked to complete a short survey which asks them to choose three things from a list they think the council should be doing more of and three things it should be doing less of.

The list includes delivering affordable housing, improving people’s health, developing the skills of young people, improving parks and open spaces and making the district an even better place to visit.

Residents can also make their own suggestions.

Views will be used to decide on new actions to add to the plan, or replace others with as they are completed.

Parish councils and partner organisations are also being consulted.

Special workshops are also being held on Tuesday, September 26 and Tuesday, October 3 to give residents the chance to discuss their priorities with officers and councillors.

The plan was launched in April last year and in the first 12 months 30 actions have already been completed or are well progressed.

They include delivering 95 affordable new homes, supporting more than 100 businesses to grow, inspected 42km of watercourses to help reduce the impact of flooding and launched a revamped tourism website and walking app with more than 1,500 downloads to help promote tourism and increase visitor numbers.

Coun Jeremy Owenson, portfolio holder with responsibility for community engagement on Malvern Hills District Council, said: “Our current Five Year Plan actions are progressing really well but it’s important we continue to talk to residents and ensure we are focusing our resources on those areas that matter most to them.

“This is a chance for people to directly influence what we do as a council and let us know what we should be doing more of, or less of, and I’d urge residents to get involved.

“I would also urge residents to support their Parish and Town Councils to contribute to the review of the Five Year Plan. Working together, we can all help to make The Malverns a great place to live”.

The survey can be completed online by visiting www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/fiveryearplan2017 before Sunday, September 24.

Hard copies are available on request by contacting Claire Vaughan on 01684 862449.

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