Residents of Tunbridge Wells now have the opportunity to voice their opinion on some key Council services, and find out more about the work the Borough Council does, and its aims for the future.
In a recent press release, the Council touch on the topics in question, and how residents can get involved. For more information on how to participate, check out http://consult.tunbridgewells.gov.uk/
From Tunbridge Wells Borough Council press release Monday 18th January 2010:
'Tunbridge Wells Borough Council is engaging residents in a number of consultations. The Council wants to know what residents think about a range of the Council’s services. Currently there are four consultations in progress; on the Strategic Plan, the draft Sustainable Community Strategy 2010 – 2026, the Medium Term Financial Strategy and the Core Strategy.
These consultations are a chance for residents to gain a deeper understanding of what the Council is striving to achieve in the future, and it is equally as important that the Council knows what the residents of the borough want to see happen in the future.
In particular the Council is encouraging residents to comment on the draft Sustainable Community Strategy, which has been developed by Tunbridge Wells Together, the local strategic partnership (LSP) for the borough; a partnership of public and private sector organisations that work together to improve the borough to the benefit of residents, businesses and visitors. The strategy sets out an overall vision for the borough as well as setting out specific priorities to be met.
As a thank you, everyone who takes part in the Sustainable Community Strategy consultation will be entered into a free prize draw, courtesy of Fusion Lifestyle, for the chance to win one of the following:
• a month’s free Lifestyle membership for one
• one of four family swim tickets
• a £20 beauty therapy voucher
The Medium Term Financial Strategy is the Council’s main financial planning document and sets out the Council’s approach to the management of its finances and Council Tax levels. This strategy underpins the wider community’s priorities as set out in the Sustainable Community Strategy and the Strategic Plan, and should be viewed as part of the wider corporate planning process. The Strategic Plan sets out the Council’s approach to delivering its corporate priorities over the next five year period.
To take part in any of the Council’s current consultations visit their website.
Closing dates for consultations are follows:
Medium Term Financial Strategy – 21 January 2010
Strategic Plan – 5 February 2010
Core Strategy – 15 February 2010
Sustainable Community Strategy – 16 April 2010"
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