This is the Dorset Council Plan, which sets out our ambitions for the next 4 years.
It incorporates the political vision of your new councillors, and has been developed following a conversation with residents, town and parish councils, businesses and representatives from the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Our ambition is to put Dorset Council at the heart of the community. The reorganisation of local government in 2019 simplified administrative structures, and was a big step forward, but we continue to face some very significant challenges locally, nationally and globally.
Climate and ecological emergency
It is clear that the climate and ecological emergency must inform the council’s decisions and actions for the foreseeable future. A climate and ecological change strategy and action plan is currently being developed. It will make a significant change in our approach and will require a shared commitment and ongoing dialogue with you, our residents and partners.
We must all challenge ourselves to do more and this will involve some difficult conversations about the nature of our economic growth and the infrastructure – particularly the transport infrastructure – that underpins it. We will drive the roll out of full fibre technology and 5G in Dorset to enable people to travel less and access opportunities online. We need to maximise technology so that ‘jobs move to people, rather than people moving to jobs’.
Children and young people
We must work closely with Dorset’s children and young people, not only to safeguard their future environment, but also to improve their aspirations, education, health and wellbeing. Levels of obesity continue to rise, and educational outcomes remain low, particularly in more deprived areas of the county. If we want our young people to stay in Dorset, we must give them something to stay for, so we will also focus our energies on developing suitable housing, the skills agenda and sustainable economic growth.
Financial constraints remain, and demand continues to grow for services which:
- support children with special educational needs and disabilities;
- keep children safe from risk of harm; and
- support vulnerable older people and people with disabilities
In response, the council has developed a 4 year medium-term financial plan which sets out our budget demands, pressures and risks. We will champion the interests of Dorset, advocate nationally the need for better funding, and work with our partners for the benefit of our county.
This is a high-level plan – delivery will be detailed in directorate and service plans as they develop. We will need to work together with residents, partners and communities to deliver our shared ambitions and to monitor how we’re doing.
Get in touch
In the meantime, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please contact your local Dorset Council ward councillor – they are there to represent your area and respond to your queries and concerns.
Please keep them informed about the issues that affect you and your communities, so we can continue to make Dorset a great place to live, work and visit.