The Council puts local people at the heart of everything it does. This is a central commitment and key theme in the Council Plan.
Our Council Plan states: “Local people want to be involved in policy development and service users rightly expect to be part of service development. We will engage openly with our residents and service users, seeking to capture all points of view to make better informed decisions. We will use the talents and skills within our communities to co-design and commission better services”.
At its 22 January meeting, following 12 weeks public consultation late last year, the Council adopted a Charter for Public Participation. This comes onto effect, as part of the Council’s Constitution, on 1 March 2020. The Charter is one of a number of key commitments against which the Council expects to be held to account by local residents.