We pledge,

ten pledges, five years, one community

This latest Corporate Plan is very different from its predecessors. It arrives at a time of significant change to both government and council plans and procedures.

We have taken giant strides during the past four years with major improvements across the whole district in the face of massive change in the way local services are financed and delivered. The next five years will see a further significant shift in the relationship between local government, the communities we serve and the range of partners we work with. There are issues affecting local communities for which we have no responsibility but we do have a leadership role to lobby, advise and ensure influence where there are community concerns. We are not afraid to challenge and welcome the opportunity to further improve our approach and ways of working to benefit and support our communities.

As with everyone else, we do not have a crystal ball but there is no doubting our determination and commitment to build on our recent success. We remain ambitious and optimistic on behalf of all residents, even in continuing difficult times. We will continue to invest wisely in the future providing it is both logical and affordable to do so. We will work to put communities at the very heart of everything we do and this will without doubt challenge our ability to maintain our high delivery standard with lower resources.

This plan establishes our priorities for the next five years and identifies what we will do both in our own performance and with partners across our district. By 2016 our district, its people and places, will be more welcoming, prosperous and vibrant.

John Gilbey
Leader of Canterbury City Council