Council's priorities set in new action planBy Jennie Slevin
February 25, 2013
A town centre fit for the 21st century and a borough where people feel safe are some of the priorities outlined in the council’s action plan.
The council has promised to improve Bracknell bus station, create better public spaces and encourage landowners to refurbish unattractive buildings, in a bid to help achieve the town centre regeneration.
It hopes plans to develop nearly 10,780 homes in the next 13 years are given the go-ahead.
The council’s executive approved 11 medium term objectives (MTOs), which highlight six main priorities for the financial year, including protecting and enhancing the environment, promoting health and achievement, sustaining economic prosperity and providing value for money.
Each MTO is bound by a list of key actions to ensure it remains relevant to what the borough needs, such as producing a strategy for Market Square as part of the regeneration project.
Timothy Wheadon, Bracknell Forest Council chief executive, said: “You’ll see the vast range of activities we will be working on which make a real difference to the quality of life.
“This is a very demanding, but hopefully achievable plan.”
The Site Allocations Development Plan Document (SADPD), which sets out where the 10,780 homes will be built before 2026, has caused concerns with neighbours who are worried large areas of parkland will be paved over.
But councillors have set out a key action which will endeavour to protect green belt land.
Another key action is care and education for children and young people, including finding more foster carers and adoptive families.
At the executive meeting on Wednesday, February 13, Councillor Dr Gareth Barnard said: “It’s our aim to support all children and the help them thrive safely and this is shown in the ongoing focus on schools improvements.
“GCSE results show we are above the national average and that’s something we should be incredibly proud of.
“We’ve seen an unprecedented increase in children deemed to be at risk and I believe this points out we are finding these children and keeping them as safe as we can.”
Improving Ofsted results in schools across and more support for school leaders are also included in the MTOs.
Cllr Paul Bettison, council chairman, said: “It’s extremely beneficial for us to ensure all these actions should remain relevant and that we can work towards achieving them.”
The key actions will assist and guide the council in the next year of its work, making sure people living in Bracknell Forest get the best quality of services.