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Improvement Plan update

Published: 10/12/2015

Flintshire County Council Cabinet members will receive an update on the progress of the Council’s Improvement Plan 2015/16 when they meet on Tuesday, 15 December. The Council sets out its priorities for improvement every year in the Improvement Plan, working on overall targets to develop services and living standards across the County. Tuesday’s monitoring report provides a mid-year assessment and shows whether the Council is on track to achieve its desired impacts. Highlights achieved so far this financial year include: · supporting the creation of 404 jobs within the county - 67 within the Deeside Enterprise Zone construction of School Modernisation projects at Connahs Quay (Post 16) and Holywell Learning Campus are underway, currently on time and within budget · 39 long term vacant properties have been returned to use through funding from the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places Scheme (24) and Houses into Homes Scheme (15) · planning permission has been granted for the construction of an Extra Care Home for Flint with work expected to start early in the New Year · ongoing support for young people who are, or at risk of becoming NEET through the Youth Engagement and Progression Framework · planning applications submitted for affordable housing schemes on The Walks, Flint and the site of the former Custom House Lane School, Connah’s Quay · Warm Homes Arbed funding secured for parts of Shotton and Garden City · the establishment of a single safeguarding unit for adults, young people and children Councillor Aaron Shotton, Leader of the Council, said: “This Council continues to prove itself a high performing organisation and it is through the Improvement Plan that we prioritise areas and services that are important to the community and to our residents. Despite the financial outlook for Local Government, Flintshire County Council remains ambitious, innovative and determined to deliver on our priorities which include, assisting people with access to decent affordable housing, quality education, training and employment.” Colin Everett, Chief Executive of the Council, said: Performance against our priorities is good evidence of how well our Council is achieving on the things which matter most to our communities. “By monitoring the Council’s Improvement Plan at different stages during the year, we can assess whether we are going to hit targets set to improve services for residents and focus our energies on our local priorities.”