Watford Borough Council sets ambitious new direction for Covid-19 renewal
Watford Borough Council’s Cabinet approved a new Council Plan 2020-24 at its meeting tonight (6 July). The plan – Watford Together. Our town. Our future - plans the future for the council as it begins its recovery from the crisis caused by COVID-19.
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “The last few months been like no other period in our town’s history. We know there is no going back to how things were before Covid-19. We have responded quickly to make sure we could support our town but we want to always ensure we are focusing on what matters to our residents and so that our town can adapt and flourish.
“Our new Council Plan is ambitious for Watford. It recognises the importance of building a strong economy with local jobs, attractive places for people to live and great local facilities and services as well as opportunities for everyone to be part of what our town has to offer. We will be reporting back regularly to our community so they can see how far we have achieved what we have set out to do”.
The Council Plan, which is underpinned by an 18 month Delivery Plan, has developed three high level themes based on community feedback, understanding of what is important to residents, businesses and visitors and the impact Covid-19 has had on the town. These focus on: making sure the council is a high performing local authority that puts local people at the heart of everything it does – ‘a council that serves its residents’ – the town continues to be an attractive place where people enjoy living and working and where business choose grow – ‘a thriving, diverse and creative town’ and where there is a great community spirit, people genuinely care for each other and everyone can reach their potential – ‘a healthy and happy town’.
Mayor Taylor added “Rather than rest on our laurels, we want to plan for the future and continue to deliver first class services for people in our town. We know that the loss of income and increased costs we have had due to Covid-19 have put real pressure on our finances. The additional money we have had from government doesn’t cover the gap, which is why we have taken steps to rebalance the budget and make sure we can fund our recovery and renewal plans for Watford.'
The Council Plan will now be considered for final approval by all councillors at the Council meeting next week.