Important document to set out key priorities for Erewash

Borough council leader Councillor Chris Corbett.
Borough council leader Councillor Chris Corbett.

An important document which sets out Erewash Borough Council’s key priorities over the next three years is expected to be confirmed at a meeting on Thursday.

Councillors are due to support the 2016/19 Corporate Plan and recommend that it be approved at the next full council meeting.

The council’s Corporate Plan will drive five top priorities which have been identified as important for the borough and have been widely supported by residents through consultation.

These priorities will shape the decisions and work carried out across all the council’s services over the next three years, with the five ‘pointers’ highlighted by what residents have said matters most to them:

• A clean, safe and welcoming borough

• Improved access to services

• Delivering efficient and effective services that residents need

• Creating opportunities for economic growth and prosperity

• A well-run efficient council

The council will put a framework in place to set targets and measure and regularly review the council’s performance and achievements.

Borough council leader Councillor Chris Corbett said: “The Corporate Plan is our guide and sets out how we will work over the next three years and how we will achieve the priorities that our residents have told us are important to them.

“There are many opportunities and challenges facing the borough in the coming years and we remain committed to working hard alongside our partners to ensure residents are proud to live in Erewash.

“Proper financial management remains key to enable us to provide the services our residents expect and we will continue to be cautious and take great care to ensure that council taxpayer’s money is not put at risk.”

The meeting starts at Ilkeston Town Hall at 10.30am.

It will also discuss a planned partnership between the borough council and neighbouring authority Broxtowe to confirm details of a shared way of working for the revenues and benefits service.

The meeting is expected to agree that the council should finalise an agreement between the two authorities.

A borough council spokesman said: “The move comes after Broxtowe approached Erewash as its preferred partner to provide the management of its revenues and benefits service.

“Both councils already work successfully together in areas such as bereavement services, internal audit and in building control.”