Town Council vows to make Barnstaple better for all
Barnstaple Town Councillors this week set out their vision and aims for the town for the next five years.
The Town Council meeting on 5 October resolved “to make Barnstaple a better place to live, work, visit, and do business, and to be a strong voice for the community”. Alongside this vision councillors agreed some key objectives, including:
* Taking over responsibility for roadside verge maintenance from Devon County Council
* Preserving and promoting Barnstaple’s heritage and making its heritage buildings more widely available for community uses
* Securing the long term future and siting of Barnstaple Fair
* Expanding partnership working to achieve more for the town
In total, the Council will pursue 29 strategic objectives through its main areas of responsibility – environment, heritage, culture, community development, planning and civic/ceremonial. These will be incorporated into a corporate plan due to be published later this month.
Town Mayor and Chairman of the Council Cllr Mrs Val Elkins said “I am delighted that councillors have set out such an ambitious plan for the next five years. It builds on recent successful work in areas like grass cutting and the Records Office, as well as improving the services we already provide. The Council’s committees now have a plan from which they will develop more detailed actions, and they will be well placed to deal with the challenges posed by reductions in services by the bigger councils, particularly the County Council.”
Town Clerk Will Austin welcomed the direction offered by councillors. He said “The Town Council is the most local and smallest level of government in Barnstaple, and with just 19 employees it is important that staff know what they should and should not be doing to support the community. This plan gives us a clear framework to work from.”
The plan emerged following elections in May this year, and has been the subject of public consultation at community events throughout the last 12 months. Over the coming months, council committees will be asked to produce detailed action plans setting out how the objectives will be achieved.
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