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Have your say on ambitious council plan to ensure Basingstoke and Deane continues to be a great place

News release 9577, published on 13 Nov 2019
Residents, businesses and community groups across Basingstoke and Deane are being invited to give their views on a new ambitious four-year plan which aims to ensure Basingstoke and Deane remains a great place to live and work.

Discussed by Cabinet at a meeting last night (12 November), the draft Council Plan for 2020 to 2024 sets the key priorities for the council over the next four years and into the future, building on key council policies and Horizon 2050 which was developed with key partners across the borough.

With a focus on putting residents at the heart of everything the council does, four priorities have been developed – strengthening communities, protecting and enhancing our environment, improving safety and planning for the future.

This includes planning for the future by ensuring residents have access to high quality and affordable homes, attracting new employers to the borough and playing a key role with partners to ensure the right infrastructure is in place.

Delivering services that matter most to residents and supporting communities to thrive while supporting the borough’s most vulnerable residents and working closely with the police to ensure residents feel safe is also a key priority.

Underpinning this is a drive to ensure the council works with residents, businesses and its partners after a climate emergency was declared by councillors in July 2019. As well as taking steps with partners to improve air and river quality and biodiversity, the plan confirms a commitment to being a zero carbon council by 2025 and a carbon neutral borough by 2030.

Chief Executive Mel Barrett said: “Residents give the area a 94% satisfaction rating however the council is not complacent.

“Based on what people and businesses have said matters to them, this draft plan sets priorities that put residents at the heart of the council’s future plans.

“As residents, businesses and our partner organisations are key to the success of the plan, we would love to hear from as many of them as possible to ensure that the council has identified the right priorities.”

Feedback from the consultation, which runs until Wednesday 1 January at www.basingstoke.gov.uk/priorities, will be considered before final decisions about the Council Plan are taken at a Council meeting in February.

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