At the Preston City Council Central Area Forum the leader of the Council Ken Hudson claimed that in a Value for Money exercise conducted by local councillors they found that all council services were giving value for money.Advertisement
The Council has achieved efficiency savings of over £850,000 and by all accounts it looks to have been a successful year for the Council.
Cllr Hudson outlined the priorities for the Council in 2008 were:
- To have Preston recognised as the North West’s third city
- To have a brighter future for Preston’s people
- To have a clean, green, environment
- To have a safer city
- To connect with communities
- To have a sharper, smarter and well run council
I’ll take you through what Cllr Hudson picked out as the highlights in each of the priorities:
The Council has confirmed Marks & Spencers and a large cinema chain for the Tithebarne development. There has been external investment in Avenham and Miller Park and also investment in the Harris Museum. There has been recognition from central government for some of the Council’s projects.
A scheme over the summer of 2008 saw 77,000 young people involved in sports development. 1547 homes have been raised to the ‘decent homes standard’ and there is now better provision for homeless people to keep them off the streets.
The city is now recycling and composting 30 per cent of its waste and has maintained green flag standards for most of its parks.
Violence and vehicle crime is down for the second year running and crime is reduced overall by 50 per cent.
Connecting with communities
The Citizenzone scheme has been launched, allowing the Council to go out and make council services accessible to all in the community via the Citizenzone bus. The Council website has been relaunched and there have been a large number of consultations with the public on special projects including the Winckley Square redevelopment.
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