Council aims to make North Ayrshire fair for all
Posted on 26 Jun 2019
North Ayrshire Council has unveiled its vision, mission and priorities for the years ahead with the launch of its new Council Plan.
The strategic document - which covers the five-year period 2019-2024 - was given the rubber stamp on Wednesday (26 June) at the latest Full Council meeting.
Titled ‘North Ayrshire: A Council that is Fair for All’, the plan is focused on making North Ayrshire a fairer and more equal society for local residents and communities.
To achieve this, its new priorities are centred on ‘Aspiring Communities’ – covering all people services including education, employability, health and wellbeing, community safety and community empowerment - and ‘Inspiring Place’ – covering infrastructure, housing, sustainability and the environment.
Just last month the Council introduced a new directorate structure in which four directorates were amalgamated into two – Communities and Place. This allows the Council to have a clear focus on its new priorities and deliver what its new plan sets out to achieve.
Its new priorities are:
- Active and strong communities
- Children and young people have the best start in life
- Residents and communities are safe
- Inclusive, growing and enterprising economy
- Residents and communities enjoy good life-long health and wellbeing
- Well-connected with effective infrastructure
- Homes that meet residents needs
- Sustainable environment
- Vibrant, welcoming and attractive environment
As well as setting out a new strategic approach, the Plan also outlines a number of ambitious pieces of work to be undertaken relating to the issues facing residents in North Ayrshire
Ensuring local people and businesses benefit from the wealth of the Council and other major public sector organisations is one key task as the Council develops a Community Wealth Building strategy.
Tackling fuel poverty and reducing carbon emissions are other big areas of focus. The authority is looking to enlist the views of young people in helping to shape the Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change strategy for 2020 as part of a long-standing ambition to reduce carbon emissions by 2023.
The development of a Community Charter will see the Council and local communities come together and set out things they jointly commit to do to help improve localities. This is in recognition that everyone has a part to play and their own ideas in making North Ayrshire fairer.
To support this ethos, a new online engagement tool, Consul, was recently launched allowing for better interaction, participation and integration between the Council and local communities. It hosts discussions, consultations and a voting platform for residents to have their say on council business.
Council Leader Joe Cullinane said: “We want nothing more than a North Ayrshire that is free from inequalities and deprivation. For it to be a kind society where no child grows up in poverty, where the economy is inclusive, and everyone has the same life changes to have fulfilling and healthy lives.
“That’s why fairness and equity are at the heart of our new Council Plan. We want it to be the catalyst for bold, innovative and pioneering decisions that will help root out poverty and inequalities and essentially make life better and easier for all our residents.
“To deliver our new Council Plan, we need a fresh approach and a closer relationship with our communities and residents if we are to see positive change happen.
“That’s why the introduction of Consul as well as the development of a Community Charter are hugely important as it allows us to hear from our communities what really matters to them and how we can collectively work to make North Ayrshire a better place to live.
“I would encourage all our residents to take a look at our new Council Plan and share any ideas and views on Consul.”
The participate in Consul, simple create an account online at: www.north-ayrshire.gov.uk/CouncilPlan Once registered, you can join in any discussion, consultation or vote. The Council Plan can be viewed on the same link.