New three-year plan unveiled to build Barnsley back “better and fairer”

Barnsley Council has set out a three-year plan to help the borough bounce back from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 11:32 am
Sir Steve Houghton.

The existing plan will conclude on April 1, to be replaced by the 2021-2024 scheme

The scheme will set out the council’s ambitions for the nextthree years and track its progress towards. the goals set.

The priorities for the plan are: healthy, learning, growing, enabling Barnsley andsustainable Barnsley.

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Councillor Sir Stephen Houghton CBE, leader of Barnsley Council, said: “We’ve made great progress since our last corporate plan. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has hit Barnsley hard, and over the next three years to 2024, we want to build our borough back better and fairer. The pandemic has also brought out the best in our communities, and we look to the future with enthusiasm and optimism.

“We’ve got ambitious plans for change, improvement and growth to allow everyone to be the best they can be because our borough is a place that fosters and grows ambition.

“Our new plan gives us a clear direction over the next three years and how we collectively deliver our services across the council to best support residents, communities, partners and business. This is particularly important in times of limited resources.”

Sarah Norman, chief executive of Barnsley Council, said: “We’re extremely grateful to everyone who has played their part helping to shape our new council priorities.

“We know that this plan will help us make sure our council strives to be even better and makes a real difference for you. We want to build and drive forward our role as a modern, inclusive, efficient, productive and high-performing council. Our new vision, priorities and values will enable us to do just that.

“It’s important that we continue on this ambitious journey together and work with you – our communities, businesses and partners to look further forward into our future possibilities.”

The plan will be presented to full council for approval on April 1.