West Suffolk Councils (comprising Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council) have published their Annual Report for 2017/18.
The whle report can be accessed by clicking on the follwing link.
FOREWARD BY THE LEADERS OF WEST SUFFOLK COUNCILS
West Suffolk is a national success story and a UK leader in transforming how councils can deliver benefits that make a real difference to the people they serve. This Annual Report is a small part of the great work Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council deliver day in, day out in West Suffolk. At the heart of all we do are the needs and aspirations of the communities we serve and includes delivering high quality services while encouraging prosperity, good quality of life and a vibrant local economy. This means investing in initiatives that support our communities and businesses while working more closely with partners and residents. This year we have either secured, embarked upon or invested millions of pounds in leisure facilities, the creation of new jobs, better education, open spaces and development of much needed homes. At the same time we have recycled thousands of tonnes of rubbish, supported businesses with our licensing and enforcement work, as well as kept our streets clean, making West Suffolk such a great place to live and grow a family or business. Nationally, councils are facing tremendous challenges.
This report and the decisions we have been making show we are meeting and exceeding those challenges while continuing to look to the future. Alongside growing our prosperity, we have been able to protect our services while many authorities nationally are reducing theirs. We have also been able to better support and work with our communities and organisations through our Families and Communities work – growing community networks and their self-sufficiency. Our innovation and aspiration is not only reflected in this report but has also been recognised by Government. We are also pleased that both Councils this year adopted our new Strategic Framework as well as some of the policies that back up our ambition and vision, including our West Suffolk Growth Investment Strategy. We have worked even more closely together as councils to look at what is the best way to continue to support our communities and manage growth for the benefit of our residents. The public, businesses and partners have backed our proposals to create a new West Suffolk Council which will give us a louder voice and better ability to drive prosperity, jobs and the economy. Within just a year we have had the full support of Government to make this a reality – the first proposal of its kind through Parliament.
This year has been another excellent one but there is always more we can do. We believe we are in a much better position to meet those future challenges.
Councillor James Waters Leader Forest Heath District Council
Councillor John Griffiths Leader St Edmundsbury Borough Council