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Council’s new five-year plan calls on local people to ‘deliver together’

Bridgend County Borough Council’s new Corporate Plan for 2023-28 showcases a fresh new approach for outlining how the authority intends to provide essential services, work alongside local people and partners, and carry out its business over the next five years.

Called ‘Delivering Together,’ the plan has been specifically designed to be more accessible and easier for people to engage with.

It has been produced using feedback from residents of all ages and backgrounds, users and providers of council services, elected members, partner organisations, other local authorities and more.

In these tough times, it is more important than ever to have a clear set of priorities, and a plan that sets out how we intend to meet them. The Covid-19 global pandemic has forced all organisations to rethink how they will work and provide services in the future, especially when facing up to modern challenges such as the ongoing Cost of Living crisis so soon after having dealt with more than a decade of austerity measures.

The corporate plan outlines what functions a local council provides, how we are funded and intend to spend money, and what our aims and objectives will be over the next five year period. We have presented all of this in an easy-to-follow style as we want people and partners to work closely with us.

This is why we have called the plan ‘Delivering Together’ as we want as many people as possible to have a say in the shape and direction of council services over the next five years and beyond. We all have a part to play in the success of Bridgend County Borough - this plan sets out how we can work together to achieve that, and build a better future for us all.

Council Leader Huw David

As our old plan comes to an end this month, we have decided to use this as an opportunity to revisit our objectives and ensure that they remain relevant and up to date while retaining clear links with the requirements of the Future Generations Act 2015. To achieve and deliver a new corporate plan capable of guiding us up to 2028, we have carried out a great deal of consultation and research, and have reviewed our previous and existing priorities alongside those of partner agencies on both a local and national level.

We have engaged heavily with local residents to ensure that the new plan reflects their needs and desires, and what the council needs to do to meet the requirements and challenges of the next five years.

I believe that we have delivered this, and that the new Corporate Plan for 2023-28 provides us with a clear, well-informed and relevant basis for ensuring that we can continue to provide essential services while meeting the numerous challenges that stand before us. Over the next few weeks, we will be carrying out further publicity to highlight different aspects of the plan, including a social media campaign.

Chief Executive Mark Shephard

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