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Improvement Plan 2016-2017

Published: 14/04/2016

A draft of Flintshire County Council’s annual Improvement Plan will be considered at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, 19 April. The final Improvement Plan will be available on the website before the end of June once it has been endorsed by County Council. It builds on previous years’ successes and continues the strong progression of the Council’s long term plan. Divided into eight main priorities of Environment, Housing, Living Well, Poverty, Economy and Enterprise, Skills and Learning, Safe Communities and Modern and Efficient Council, the plan helps the organisation meet targets to develop these areas. There is also a new section within each sub priority covering national issues which have the potential to impact upon achievement of the priorities. Highlights from the 2015-16 plan include: · Construction of School Modernisation projects at the Deeside Sixth Form Centre in Connahs Quay and Holywell Learning Campus are progressing well and are due to open their doors in September this year. · 39 long term vacant properties have been returned to use through funding from the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places Scheme (24) and Houses into Homes Scheme (15). · Work has started on the Extra Care Home in Flint. · Ongoing support for young people who are, or at risk of becoming NEET through the Youth Engagement and Progression Framework. · Flint and Buckley recognised by the Alzheimers Society as dementia friendly communities, making them the first towns in North wales to receive such accreditation. · Approval of the affordable housing schemes on The Walks, Flint and the site of the former Custom House Lane School, Connah’s Quay – work has now started on these schemes. · NEW Homes Ltd, the council’s housing company, goes from strength to strength and has recently welcomed its 50th tenant. Councillor Aaron Shotton, Leader of Flintshire County Council said: The Improvement Plan sets out for the Council our key priorities where we aspire to enhance residents’ lives. Some of our priorities in 2016-17 include increasing the number of new affordable homes and reducing the number of empty properties in the County; continuing our work to make more efficient use of available education funding; maximising the number of apprenticeships on offer; developing further dementia awareness; providing advice and support to help people protect their income during a period of national changes to the welfare system and helping to develop new forms of local business in Flintshire.” Colin Everett, Chief Executive said: “The plan has been refreshed and updated to reflect the key priorities of the Council for next year. The Council is making progress in areas highlighted as priorities. Some projects are finished, some are on-going and will move into next year but the important thing is Flintshire is continuing to reach and surpass its targets and is setting new priorities to develop the performance of the Council every year.”