About the Council

Providing modern, efficient, customer and community focused services, in a vibrant, caring and prosperous district.

 

We have recently undertaken a consultation on our new Council Plan for 2019 – 2023 which outlines our approach to delivering our overall objective of: Providing modern, efficient, customer and community focused services, in a vibrant, caring and prosperous district.

The Plan will inform the development of programmes, allocations of staff and money, and the ongoing assessment and review of Council performance and achievements. It focuses on three priority areas, that we believe have the potential to make the most impact on quality of life in our district:

Council: To provide efficient and easy to use services, employ new technology and new ways of working to reduce operating costs and to be a financially self-sufficient and sustainable council.

Economy: To deliver a plan to encourage businesses to establish and flourish, support the market towns and communities with their development plans and to promote the district as a place to live, visit, do business, enjoy adventures and raise a family.

Health & Wellbeing: To ensure the provision of the right homes in the right places, support energy initiatives and provide a framework to improve health and well-being for all.

Read the full draft Council Plan here. 

The Council comprises 38 elected Councillors, with no party in overall control. The current political balance of the Council is as follows:

  • Conservative 14
  • Liberal Democrat 10
  • Independent 10
  • Labour 2
  • Green 2

The Council’s Senior Management Team is composed of the Chief Executive, the Director of Corporate Services, the Director of People and Place, and a number of Assistant Directors (diagram here).

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