The Aims of Cornwall Council’s Administration

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet launched their aims today at County Hall. These aims are the foundation – in partnership with the wider membership – of a four year partnership with a review after the first two years. The aims are:

This administration will work to establish a positive, forward thinking Council, representing the whole of Cornwall. This will be a four year partnership with a ‘review’ after the first two years. We will work with our MPs to lobby government for a fair deal from Government and plan for the four year period, develop policies that reflect the future needs of Cornwall within the current financial and political constraints – these will be based on the following:

  • A ‘can do’ positive and responsive approach.
  • A ‘lean’ council focusing on providing value for money, cutting wasteful spending and delivering the most efficient service. We will review the use of consultants.
  • We will develop, enhance and improve the Council’s relationships with our partners, the Parishes and Towns and the public.

We have a responsibility to deliver services but need to be clear what can and cannot be sustained; budget appropriately; establish what we must protect, what needs to be devolved and what may need to be sacrificed. A vision for Cornwall over the next four years will be the basis of all our work. We need to build the future, not reluctantly surrender the status quo in the light of government cuts and a shortage of funding.

Our environment is fundamentally important, the public demand clean beaches, accessible countryside, community services such as libraries, a safe and protected environment and good roads and transport. We must deliver.

A sustainable economy: the key to the future. We will invest in Cornwall, fight for Cornish jobs and business and use European funding effectively and strategically. Economic development and regeneration will be a priority. We recognise the crucial role the EU plays in Cornwall’s economic development and will engage fully to seek benefit for all.

Protect the vulnerable. Some health services, social care and services for the elderly, children and those with disabilities are under constant threat. This creates negativity which we must overcome.

We will endeavour to support young people into the world of work through learning, training and apprenticeship and address the issue of affordable transport.

Homes. An area of great concern to all. We need to build more Council Houses for local needs, use available funds to support affordable housing and sustainable development.

Planning. Clear policies, a consistent approach, straightforward procedures and real consultation could create a stronger, less contentious planning process that everyone understands.

Transport. Access for all to the best transport network that helps residents become less reliant on their cars. We will make repairing our roads a priority.

The Green Agenda – we will promote sustainable, renewable energy production, support other sources of non-fossil fuel energy and protect our environment throughout.

Heritage, Tourism, Culture and the unique aspects of Cornwall will be protected, enhanced and used to maximum economic effect.

We will encourage communities to grow, develop and become more self-sufficient. Cornwall Council needs to create a ‘will’ to support Towns and Parishes, devolve resources as well as responsibilities and create strong, resilient and sustainable communities.

We will pursue policies base on social justice, equality, working together and fighting for the needs of Cornwall. This must be underpinned by a fair and realistic budget. We do not set out any aims or constraints or support any national policy at this stage – we will look at the figures, cost the vision, work from the starting point of what is possible and acceptable to Cornish tax payers and move forward on that basis. We believe there are benefits from bringing Health and Social Care together. Car Parking charges have been a contentious issue but are an example of budget contributions limiting the flexibility that communities can employ. This must be reviewed.

Cuts, diminishing services, fewer resources, constant restructuring in the light of the financial situation and Government priorities have been the watchwords in recent months. We will fight for fairer funding, bring as much investment into the area as we can and build the best, most inclusive, vibrant and successful Cornwall possible.

The Cabinet

The Cabinet

6 comments

  • A benefits assessor

    Not much about JV here ?

  • worried worker

    A benefits assessor – fear not, you’ll start hearing about it when the costs skyrocket and services which rely on IT up and down the county (i.e. all of them) start failing.

  • Mike Rabbitte

    Dear Councillor Wallis

    Thanks for putting this up – a useful posting. As a statement of intent, it has much merit and I for one, even though not successful in getting elected, will work with my local councillors in whatever way I can should they require local input(and I don’t just mean the Conservative ones, before you consider making any party political points).

    It is easy to be negative about these things. IT contracts with Government and Local Government bodies are always a source of frustration and amusement in equal measure (working with Arthur Andersen many years ago I have first hand experience of being sent in to help Local Government bodies who have spent eye-watering sums of money on projects where the IT infrastructure never made if out of the boxes it arrived in) – but I will be writing to Councillor Folkes to ask him what his plans are for a more streamlined utilisation of IT services by the Council. Having had a long chat with the Head of Communications when I was up at County Hall in January for the Open Day, I know that there is one facet of your IT infrastructure that, if used properly, has the potential to save the Council hundreds of thousands of pounds a year. That’s just one!

    The only thing I would change is the review period (no need to put it in ‘inverted commas’ as this always implies that it’s not really going to be what it says it is). What you are embarking on here is, effectively, a major project and I believe that the better time to have a review would be after 12 months. Everybody will know what they are doing by then (anybody on Cabinet who doesn’t should not even be on there) and everyone ought know enough about their work and how it fits with the strategy outlined above to be able to give an objective appraisal of how they believe it is progressing. If you wait for two years, there is a danger that, should any radical change be required, there could be resistance to it.

    Just my view of course, but having spent time helping to project manage multi-million pound projects I know how intransigent people can be when it has been decided that a strategic policy change is required!

  • worried worker

    As per Mikes comments, I’d love to see the Cabinet sit through a Prince2 Practitioner exam 😀

  • mick martyn

    Andrew

    Interesting to see that there isnt anything here about helping/supporting peoiple who are disadvantaged by the welfare reform changes (i am affected so have a vested interest)? There must be lots of people across the county who are really really struggling through no fault of their own (and yes there are some who could get off their backsides and help themselves) – i hope the council will continue providing the services to help these people – including me???

    Mick

  • Mike Rabbitte

    Ha ha – that would be something ‘Worried Worker’ but I suspect some would simply look at you blankly whilst others would think you were talking about an album from the latest reincarnation of the singer who is no longer known by just a symbol…

    I’d like to think that the councillor induction programme caters for people who need to be brought up to speed in the various disciplines that they will have to operate in (and they should then made to engage in them as actively possible) – I think they have to fill in some sort of capabilities form but human nature being what it is suspect some won’t own up to what they see as their weaknesses. As an example of how mindsets need to change, I am aware of one (now ex) councillor who never used the IT equipment (laptop) they were given because they apparently were not comfortable with technology. As far as I am concerned, if people are not fully prepared to engage with everything at County Hall (and that includes being brought up to speed in disciplines and technology that they NEED to be comfortable with) then they should be asking themselves whether or not they should really put themselves up for election.

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