The Board received a report from the Strategic Director – Enterprise, Community and Resources, which set out the proposed Business Plan for the Economy, Enterprise and Property Department (EEP) for the period April 2020 to March 2023.
It was reported that the Council developed a medium term business plan in parallel with the budget that was subject to annual review and refresh. The input of each Policy and Performance Board into the business planning process and the setting of priorities for the Directorate was an important part of this process.
Members were presented with the key priorities for development or improvement for the EEP Department which related to this Committee. A draft Corporate Business Plan would be developed and the information provided in the EEP Department’s business plan would feed into this process.
It was noted that plans could only be finalised once budget decisions had been confirmed in March and that some target information may need to be reviewed as a result of final outturn data becoming available post March 2020.
Officers provided information in response to Members queries on upskilling of staff and creating good jobs for Halton’s residents, examples were given of successes with jobs for locals within Daresbury Sci-Tech and where staff have upskilled and secured promotions within the Community and Environment Directorate of the Council. Members were advised that questions relating to the regeneration of the Borough, buying and selling of land and Widnes market came within the remit of the Environment and Urban Renewal PPB.
The presentation and Business Plan would be sent to Members following the meeting for their attention. It was noted that the new plan would be effective 1 April 2020.
RESOLVED: That the presentation be received.