30 September 2019
By Bryan Smyth
Cork County Council is currently preparing a new Corporate Plan. This document, which will be approved by elected members, will run for 5 years and will contain the aims and actions which will inform and guide the Council’s activities during this time.
The Council is seeking the views of those who are living and working in Cork County, those who avail of Council services, community interest groups, business interest groups, colleges, schools, local organisations and those with an interest or an involvement in local government.
Chief Executive of Cork County Council Tim Lucey highlighted how the creation of the Corporate Plan needs public input, “The decisions that are made by Cork County Council have an effect on all the people and communities throughout Cork County. We want to continue to have a positive impact on economic growth, social inclusion, equality, human rights, climate change and sustainable development. Using the Corporate plan, we will identify our strategic objectives for our Council for the next five years.”
Cork County Council will be the first local authority to use a service design approach in creating its Corporate Plan. Through the Council’s own Service rePublic team, the main focus will be on user needs and what people want. A number of workshops have already taken place which have proven very successful in terms of understanding how the Council is currently seen, the shift in focus toward areas of growing interest as well as generating a new vision for Cork County Council.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Christopher O’Sullivan is asking for input into this plan to build on achievements already delivered, “Cork County Council is proud of our county, our citizen’s, our communities and our businesses. This is what makes Cork a great place to live and work. We have achieved so much already and we want to continue achieving”.
Mayor O’Sullivan went on to say, “The Corporate Plan underpins all of our plans and strategies while also linking with central government’s policies and goals. Together we will be identifying a number of strategic objectives that we will aim to deliver in the coming 5 years. We will strive to address cross cutting issues including economic growth, social inclusion, equality, human rights, climate change and sustainable development amongst others. Every year we will measure and monitor our progress on the plan and equally on its outputs and outcomes. Your ideas are important to me and to all of the Elected Members, so please visit www.yourcouncil.ie to have your voice heard.”
Submissions can be made via www.yourcouncil.ie and close at 5.00pm on October 17th 2019.