Council Priorities: Adam Paynter's Cabinet outlines priorities, values and aims for the next four years

Council Leader Adam Paynter and all other nine members of Cornwall Council’s Lib Dem / Indie Group Cabinet gathered at County Hall today to outline their priorities for their new coalition administration.

Cllr Paynter said they would be “a delivering council” whilst listening to the wishes of the people of  Cornwall.

He said this would start by sending a Customer Survey to 27,000 homes starting on Monday.

Cllr Paynter confirmed that the central lib Dem pledges of the recent election – to build 1000 Council Houses and to to insist on Fair Wage to Council contractors  – would be included in the administration’s priorities.

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Edwina Hannaford, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, promised to ‘re-calibrate’ the Unitary Authority’s relationship with Cornwall’s Town and Parish Councils. Cllr Sue James said that the upcoming re-renewal of the coucil’s Waste contract is an opportunity to re-think the way Cornwall does recycling and waste disposal. Rob Rotchell promised to address the issue of bed blocking in Cornwall’s NHS.

“We have pledged to improve the lives of people in Cornwall over the next four years.  This will be achieved through using the authority’s resources wisely to ensure everyone can live well and safely together, create more homes and jobs and protect and enhance the environment” Cllr Paynter told a press conference today.

Setting out the priorities, values and aims of the new administration over the next four years, Council Leader Adam Paynter said that they wanted to work with residents and partners to “close the gap” and make a real, positive difference to the day to day lives of local people.

“When I was elected as the new Leader of the Council I said we wanted to listen to and work with people in Cornwall to protect and support our most vulnerable residents at all stages of their lives, to provide safe and sustainable communities for people to live and work in, and to create the conditions for prosperity by maximising the potential for economic growth and development and providing the housing, jobs, transport and infrastructure to enable our people and places to thrive and succeed. 

“We recognise that these are ambitious aims, particularly in these difficult financial times, but we are determined to deliver them over the period of this administration “said Deputy Leader Julian German.  “This will mean making sure we use our resources wisely and deliver value for money. 

 

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The document prepared today:

Priorities for Cornwall

Our aim:

We will work with the people of Cornwall and use our resources wisely to protect and enhance our unique environment, create more homes and jobs for our residents, and ensure everyone can live well and safely together.

Our values:

  • We listen: we will work with the people of Cornwall
  • We are responsible: we will use resources wisely
  • We act in the best interests of Cornwall: putting people first

 

Our aims:

  • Ensure everyone can live well and safely together
  • Create more homes and jobs for residents
  • Protect and enhance the environment

 

Health, Social Care and Families

  • Deliver better health outcomes for everyone, working with partners to shape our future health and care services
  • Ensure people are able to leave hospital, once they are well enough, with the right care in place
  • Protect and improve the lives of our vulnerable adults
  • Increase the aspirations of our young people
  • Protect children from the risk of harm
  • Promote children’s physical and mental health
  • Reduce child poverty

 

Homes:

  • Provide 1,000 council homes over 4 years
  • Raise the standards of private rented homes
  • Bring empty properties back into use
  • Support the Cornwall Community Land Trust and registered providers to deliver homes in Cornwall
  • Lobby to remove the bedroom tax
  • Reduce the number of people who have to spend more than 10% of their income to heat their homes]

 

Environment, Growth and Jobs:

  • Use Council land to create jobs, as part of our plan to secure 38,000 new jobs across Cornwall by 2030
  • Ensure people in Cornwall are trained with the skills that our current and future employers need
  • Use our contracts to ensure more people working in Cornwall are paid a genuine living wage
  • Increase the number of apprenticeships for people in Cornwall
  • Invest across Cornwall to create jobs, provide homes and improve lives
  • Reduce waste and increase recycling
  • Become a leader in environmental growth and renewable energy

 

Transport and Connectivity:

  • Further improve sea, road, air , rail and bus networks across Cornwall, working with our partners
  • Build an integrated transport system, linking main line bus and rail timetables, ferries the airport.
  • Give communities more control over funding to improve roads
  • Further enhance our broadband and mobile connectivity

 

Devolution and Localism

  • Give residents and communities a greater say in decisions and make them at the most appropriate level
  • Lobby Central Government for more powers and fairer funding for Cornwall, including a replacement European fund

 

In reaction to the Lib Dem / Indie announcement of their priorities for the new administration, Candy Atherton, Deputy Leader of the Labour Group on the Council told CornishStuff.com
“The council is under massive pressure to cut further services and that hardly gets a mention.  On June 8th the majority of people in Cornwall voted for parties that oppose austerity and I would like to see the council stand up and fight for Cornwall.
“At the moment we have 6 Tory MPs who do not represent the majority views – the council should really  fight Cornwall’s corner.  If the council thinks that lobbying will return the money lost to Cornwall through Brexit then they are deluding themselves.  They will have to roll up their sleeves and really get on with it.
The ex MP for Falmouth concluded “It almost looks as though they physically cut and pasted various policies and have cobbled this together.  If we are going to persuade this minority government to allocate the money we are due then it is going to have to be better than this.  This makes me sigh with frustration as no one will listen.”
The Conservative Group Leader Phil Seeva told CS that he would respond tomorrow as to be able to give sufficient time to read over the Council’s plans to give a fair assessment.
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