Council’s new four-year plan

A NEW direction for High Peak Borough Council has been revealed in a blueprint for the next four years.

The Labour group, who took control at the local elections in May, want the council to be more integrated with the community.

This has been reflected in the draft Corporate Plan with a revised Council Vision of “Working with our communities to improve the Quality of Life in the High Peak” .

The four aims have also been altered. They are to:

l provide quality services in partnership with communities

l meet our financial challenges and provide real value for money

l support economic development and regeneration

l protect and improve the environment.

Council leader Caitlin Bisknell said the draft plan reflected not only the executive’s ambitions for High Peak but also feedback from residents, and councillors of all political persuasions.

“So I hope that fellow councillors will agree to these plans when they come before the full council meeting in October,” she said.

The plan also pledges budgets for councillors to spend on projects in their own wards, and sets aside money for regeneration partnerships in Chapel-en-le-Frith, New Mills and Whaley Bridge.

The plan also commits the authority to working with Derbyshire County Council and others to recruit snow angels to keep roads and pavements safe if Arctic weather strikes.

Limited funding means that the initiative will be restricted to pilot schemes in Buxton and Glossop in the first year, but could be extended later.