Annual State of Tamworth Debate to take place next week

Tamworth will come under the spotlight next week when all borough councillors take part in the annual State of Tamworth Debate.

Councillors will join in a lively discussion about the town, taking a look back at the work of the authority over the last 12 months, outlining plans for the future and considering public feedback gained through various consultation exercises.

This year’s session will be based around a brand new vision and strategic priorities which have been implemented to inform the direction of the council for the next three years.

The State of Tamworth Debate takes place on Tuesday, March 12, in the Council Chamber at Marmion House in Lichfield Street, starting at 6.10pm. Although members of the public cannot get involved in this particular debate, they are encouraged to come along and listen to the views shared.

The new vision for Tamworth Borough Council was approved by Full Council in February this year, as a commitment ‘To put Tamworth, its people and the local economy at the heart of everything we do’. This vision is underpinned by a number of strategic priorities that focus on Tamworth (the place), the communities served (the people) and the council itself (organisation).

During next week’s meeting, the debate will be broken down into the two areas of ‘people and place’ and ‘organisation’. A total of 60 minutes will be spent on each topic with a two-minute introduction on each from the Leader of the Council. Each councillor can then have their say.

The new vision and strategic priorities have been based on the issues that are of most importance to local residents and draw on feedback given during consultation events such as the budget consultation. This year it also includes feedback given as part of the new and ongoing Tamworth…What’s Next? campaign which is consulting with residents, businesses and visitors about the future of Tamworth town centre.

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The new strategic priorities are:

People and Place

  • To meet housing needs through a variety of approaches and interventions
  • To facilitate sustainable growth and economic prosperity
  • To work collaboratively and flexibly to meet the needs of our communities
  • To create a new and developing vision for the continued evolution of Tamworth, including a town centre fit for the 21st century.

Organisation

  • To be financially stable
  • To ensure our employees have the right skills and culture to help our residents, visitors and businesses
  • To ensure our service delivery is consistent, clear and focused
  • To ensure our decisions are driven by evidence and knowledge.

Cllr Daniel Cook, Leader of Tamworth Borough Council, said: “The vision for Tamworth aims to encompass everything we are striving for and is what drives our decision-making processes. It became evident that the plans and strategies that have guided the council in recent years needed reviewing and refreshing if we, as councillors, are to respond to the demands from local people.

“We feel the new vision and priorities will continue to ensure we can take full advantage of every opportunity that leads to Tamworth being a better place, its people having better lives and the council being a better organisation. Our focus will be on putting our energy and resources into supporting ‘our people’ and ‘our place’ to ensure that we achieve the vision ‘To put Tamworth, its people and the local economy at the heart of everything we do’.

“The State of Tamworth Debate is an important meeting in our annual calendar as it’s where we all have our say on what is important to us about Tamworth, both personally and on behalf of our constituents. It is a good opportunity for all councillors from all parties to put forward their suggestions for the future. It can get quite lively and is often interesting viewing for members of the public to see how we begin to form the policies that matter to our communities.”

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The event will mark the start of a number of consultation ‘surgeries’ which will enable members of the public to have their say or give their views. More details will follow on these in the future.

The State of Tamworth Debate report, full description of strategic priorities and summary of the feedback received from members of the public can be viewed online.

Anyone who would like to attend the meeting is asked to be in the Chamber by 6pm so the debate can start promptly. Please enter Marmion House via the side entrance on Orchard Street.

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