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Help decide our priorities

Residents are being urged to tell Malvern Hills District Council what their priority projects should be in the coming years.

A consultation has been launched to gain views on the council’s five year plan launched in April. It sets out nearly 30 actions aimed at delivering three key priorities - Building stronger and healthier communities, driving economic growth and prosperity and making the most of our superb environment.

Residents are being asked to complete a short survey which asks them to choose three things from a list they think the council should be doing more of and three things it should be doing less of.

The list includes delivering affordable housing, improving people’s health, developing the skills of young people, improving parks and open spaces and making the district an even better place to visit. Residents can also make their own suggestions.

Views will be used to decide on new actions to add to the plan, or replace others with as they are completed. Parish councils and partner organisations are also being consulted.

In the first three months of the current plan, 20 of the 30 actions have already been wholly or partly completed. They include:

  • 31 business start ups supported as part of our target to support 300 by 2020
  • Self harm theatre production delivered to more than 1,300 school pupils across the district, exceeding our target to raise awareness of self harm issues amongst 500 young people.
  • Delivered 16 affordable homes and brought seven empty homes back into use, as part of our target to deliver 400 affordable homes and bring 250 empty homes back into use by 2020.
  • Community water gauge installed at Dick Brook with 11 properties signed up to an early flood warning system to hep meet our target of reducing the impact of flooding in the district.

Cllr David Chambers, portfolio holder with responsibility for community engagement, said: “This is a chance for people to directly influence what we do as a council. We want as many people as possible to tell us what we should be doing more and less of, so we can ensure we are focusing our limited resources on those areas that matter most to our residents.”

The survey can be completed online by visiting http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/65TTX/ before midnight on Sunday, 9 October. Hard copies are available on request by contacting Claire Vaughan on 01684 862449.