Hounslow Council has launched a new corporate plan which sets out an ambitious vision for the borough, putting residents at the heart of Council services in the context of Covid-19 and beyond.
Published: Thursday, 4th March 2021
The plan, approved at this week’s Borough Council meeting, sets out eight outcomes that the Council will work with partners and communities to achieve. It is a vision for a borough where:
- People live in good homes and pleasant neighbourhoods
- Businesses flourish and local people enjoy good quality jobs
- Residents and businesses benefit from a sustainable and green borough
- People are connected and feel part of a community
- People are safe
- Children reach their potential
- Residents are healthy and active
- Residents receive the right help and support
The Council decided to refresh the way it works in response to the new challenges created by Covid-19 and is keen to maintain the new forms of collaboration between the Council and community that emerged during lockdown.
The corporate plan retains the five key pledges made in its previous corporate plan in 2018: to ensure sound financial management, secure 5,000 affordable homes, overhaul doorstep collections to make recycling easier, invest £2 million to fix potholes in local roads, and create 4,000 new apprenticeships and training opportunities.
It also identifies a new way of working – One Hounslow - which will deliver its vision to be an outstanding Council serving an outstanding borough. The Council will listen to and engage with residents and emphasise prevention rather than cure. It will make sure that growth in the green economy improves the lives of all residents and businesses. The Council will champion and support the local economy, seek to combat structural inequality, and tackle poverty and disadvantage. Changes we seek to make will be placed-based, to serve the particular needs of the communities where they live.
Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of Hounslow Council, said:
“The events of 2020 changed life for all of us and there were many setbacks, but we also drew inspiration from the new ways the local community, public sector partners and businesses came together with the Council to address the challenges and begin to rebuild.
“Our vision is to be an outstanding council serving an outstanding borough, and this plan is about how we’re going to achieve this. It attempts to capture and embed the best of the new ways of working to help put residents at the heart of what we do. We have ambitious plans for new homes, strengthening our communities, helping businesses to flourish, and making sure young people reach their potential, and much more besides. Our plan sets out what residents can expect from each of our commitments and allows the community to gauge the progress we make.
“Our five key pledges – such as securing 5,000 affordable homes and investing £2 million on fixing potholes – highlight some of the practical ways we’re making a difference. These concrete actions are another way residents can judge whether we’re delivering on our promises.
“I want every resident to know that the Council is here to support you and work with you to build back after Covid. By standing together as a community, by thinking and working as One Hounslow, we can deliver a more hopeful and prosperous future, and a fairer, greener, stronger borough.”