Promoting pride in our communites
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Apologies for absence had been received from the following Councillors:
Councillor Pam Bosworth
Councillor Nick Craft
Councillor Graham Jeal
Councillor Nikki Manterfield
Councillor Helen Powell
Councillor Bob Sampson
Councillor Judy Stevens
Councillor Sarah Stokes
Councillor Rosemary Trollope-Bellew
Councillor Andrea Webster
Disclosure of Interests
Members are asked to disclose any interests in matters for consideration at the meeting.
No interests were disclosed.
Report ACEX001 of the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for HR and Cultural Services
The Chairman referred to the preparatory work he had undertaken for this meeting and noted he was mindful of the personnel budget and the importance of providing a clear direction of delivery for officers. Members would be provided with an opportunity to seek clarification on the draft Corporate Strategy at the end of the presentation. The Chief Executive was invited to start the presentation.
The Chief Executive acknowledged that a number of Members had already seen the presentation at different meetings, but this meeting was now part of the formal process. Comments and recommendations would be included in the reports to Cabinet and Council in May.
The presentation would provide greater context to the draft Corporate Strategy proposals. Also included was the feedback received from staff who had attended a number of workshop sessions held to ascertain staff views on the organisation as it was today and what type of organisation they wanted to work in.
Reference was made to the diversity of the District and the range of services the Council had to provide. The Chief Executive had undertaken a number of visits to parish councils and wards to gain a better understanding of the issues faced in the District.
The Draft Corporate Strategy was designed to help officers identify what Councillors had to do to deliver their aspirations and provide direction on how this could be facilitated.
Reference was made to the main five components of the Strategy and how the components had been set out in a house building block formation to provide a better understanding of the steps required.
Component one was at the top of the building block and referred to the identification of the “political vision” – (This referred to Councillor’s ambitions for the District). Areas categorised in this component were the ambitions of Members, the ability for the Council to create opportunities for the District, the need to modernise in order to compete and make an impact both inside and outside the District.
Component two was the Draft Corporate Strategy which had been developed in recognition of the need to enable an appropriate response to facilitate Members ambitions and provide officers with direction on how to deliver them. The categories for this component were outlined as recognition and realisation of the political ambition, being able to achieve the outcomes, aligning bureaucracy and providing the links to the community in respect of work the Council did.
Component three was the foundation stage (the base of the building) and would include a series of work programmes designed to help facilitate and identify what would be required to deliver Members aims. Some programmes were already in place but more would be required.
Component four was the identification of a number of behaviours that would enable the delivery of Member’s ambitions. Reference was made to a central aspect of the Corporate Strategy which was for officers to look at what required changing in order to deliver Member’s ambitions and how this could be achieved. The identified behaviours ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
Any other business, which the Chairman, by reasons of special circumstances, decides is urgent.
A Member raised a query about the emails that had been received regarding the potential and rumoured removal of Orthopaedic Trauma from Grantham by the United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT).
The Chairman noted that this was not an issue for this Council. He had consulted with Officers and other Members and arranged for a note to be sent to the people concerned who had emailed into the Council regarding their concerns and recommended that they contact the Health Scrutiny Committee for Lincolnshire. They could also contact the relevant Executive Member at Lincolnshire County Council (Councillor Sue Woolley), or address their concerns directly to United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust (ULHT).
Close of Meeting
The meeting closed at 4.00pm.