OUR TEN YEAR STRATEGY
A strategic plan is one of the most important documents for any organisation, setting out its priorities and giving direction to all those involved in its work. This is our second corporate strategy and sets out what we will work to deliver for you over the next 10 years through to 2032.
Our plan is an overarching strategy and intentionally doesn’t detail the solutions; it sets out our core aims and objectives – how we deliver on this will be set out as we progress through the next decade.
This plan has been built on ground up community consultation which took place in summer 2022. The consultation aimed to help us understand what the priorities of the community were so we can ensure that delivering on those priorities forms the core of our work. In February/March 2023 we consulted on a draft plan, seeking further community input to ensure our priorities meet the Town. This plan was then adopted in June 2023.
Our six aims are what we work towards in the long term and each aim is supported by a series of objectives setting out how we will make them a reality. Each year we will produce specific action plans detailing what we will be doing to meet our objectives and we will hold ourselves accountable to their delivery. Working together we’ll continue to make Knutsford a better place for all.
HOW THE PLAN WAS DEVELOPED
In creating a new ten-year strategy, we were keen to ensure that it was built from the ground up with community input. Rather than preparing some ideas and heading out to consultation, we held a series of workshops and an open survey in summer 2022 which gave residents an opportunity to raise any matters they felt needed to be addressed in the town. We gave a short presentation on what our role as a Town Council is and what we can/cannot achieve and asked people to highlight what is good and bad about Knutsford to help identify areas we need to focus.
We then used this information to develop some draft strategic aims and a series of objectives which set out what we would seek to achieve by 2032 to meet the needs of the community. This draft plan was then put back out to public consultation in Feb/March 2023 and we sought input on whether we have properly interpreted what the community raised in our earlier consultation. We also asked what specific actions people think we should take to deliver these objectives.
Following this feedback we modified the plan and it was then taken forward for adoption by Full Council in June 2023.