Council Vision and Priorities

Our Vision

West Lancashire together; the place of choice to live, work, visit and invest

Our priorities are:

Create empowered, engaged and inclusive communities 

 We want:

  • Healthy resilient and engaged communities that work together to improve the places they live and work
  • Everyone to have the same opportunities
  • Thriving voluntary and community groups that support innovation and collaboration 
  • To work with partners for the good of local people
  • Our citizens to access the benefits of being digitally engaged
  • Councillors that are active and knowledgeable and support change at a local level
  • To improve customer satisfaction

 We will:

  • Build on and develop strengths within local communities
  • Engage with communities when making key decisions
  • Use community networks to gain views from hard to reach groups 
  • Create innovative ways to listen to different community views
  • Use Councillors' existing reach and influence to provide community feedback to shape decision making
  • Work with partners to develop a meaningful offer to support citizens to become digitally included
  • Adopt a best practice model of consultation
  • Listen and provide feedback to customers about how their views have improved services
  • Develop neighbourhood plans with key partnerships committed to meeting the needs of our communities

 

Support businesses to adapt and prosper

 We want:

  • West Lancashire to be the place of choice to locate your business
  • Our 3 towns to be thriving hubs for their communities
  • To support our businesses to succeed and grow
  • A strong rural business economy
  • A vibrant and modern Ormskirk market that attracts visitors to the town centre

 We will:

  • Support the recovery and growth of existing and new businesses
  • Lead the regeneration of Skelmersdale Town Centre
  • Develop the market offer and reinvigorate Ormskirk's Eastern gateway
  • Adopt an inclusive procurement approach which supports local businesses to tender for opportunities
  • Promote West Lancashire as a place to invest through the Skelmersdale Place Board & Ambassadors
  • Signpost and support businesses to innovate and diversify
  • Develop a strong web presence which positively promotes West Lancashire
  • Create enlivened town centres offering diverse leisure opportunities and night time economy

 

Become a Greener West Lancashire

We want:

  • To become a Carbon Neutral Council by 2030
  • Local business and citizens to embrace the green agenda
  • Council housing stock to meet high standards of efficiency - insulation, design, technology
  • To minimise waste disposal and improve recycling services to meet national targets
  • To embed green infrastructure into our thinking and planning for West Lancashire’s future development and regeneration
  • To safeguard the natural landscape and maintain our green environment

 We will:

  • Be a role model and lead good practice; develop a Climate Change strategy and action plan
  • Ensure all council buildings are operating to highest efficiency standards – insulation, design, and technology
  • Encourage local businesses and service providers to set their own targets for becoming carbon neutral and promote their achievements
  • Commit to maximising Council energy requirements from renewable sources
  • Maximise the use of solar panels on Council owned buildings and housing stock
  • Increase the use of environmentally friendly products
  • Optimise the development of solar/wind farm investment
  • Use the supply chain to maximise energy efficiency, design out waste and reduce our carbon footprint
  • Optimise the Council fleet; increase route efficiency and maximise low emissions
  • Enhance green spaces promoting diverse leisure uses and explore the option of developing an Eco park
  • Support the development of green transport
  • Use green credentials to form part of our procurement selection criteria
  • Reduce waste and improve recycling, implement a Waste strategy with a focus on sustainable solutions
  • Develop a Local Plan policy encouraging green developments – green space, energy efficiency, sustainable supply chains

 

Be a financially sustainable Council by 2023

 We want:

  • To be confident, capable and financially sustainable
  • To continue to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of service provision
  • To be able to invest in high priority service areas
  • To maximise available government funding and generate income to reinvest in West Lancashire
  • To provide value for money services

 We will: 

  • Make sure our internal financial and decision-making processes continue to be strong
  • Continue the implementation of the Council's Sustainable Organisation Review
  • Maximise the returns from Tawd Valley Development Company to reinvest in West Lancashire.
  • Optimise inward investment
  • Review fees and charges across all council services
  • Continuously develop, find better ways to do things and embrace new technology
  • Consider the merits of all service options to ensure value for money is achieved
  • Review existing contract savings and work with suppliers to achieve economies of scale
  • Maximise commercial investment opportunities through a commercial strategy
  • Maximise the value from existing assets and focus on value for money

 

A clean, safe environment with affordable homes to buy or rent for everyone in West Lancashire

 We want:

  • To provide a cleaner physical environment to enhance the Borough  
  • West Lancashire to be safe for all citizens
  • A Local Plan that supports quality growth and infrastructure in the Borough
  • To provide quality and genuinely affordable homes

 We will:

  • Deliver high quality street cleansing services based on demand
  • Invest resources within services to achieve an improvement to the local environmental quality
  • Develop environment ward reports for members
  • Develop homes to rent/buy/for shared ownership through Tawd Valley Development Company
  • Increase the supply of homes to bring cheaper private rents/more choice
  • Get the right mix of properties for each community
  • Continue to drive forward the community safety agenda
  • Review WLBC/public estate land holdings
  • Lead estate regeneration creating attractive places where people want to live
  • Review our Housing Strategy
  • Identify strategic regeneration areas and investment plans

 

 Everyone to be healthy, happy, safe and resilient 

 We want:

  • To help businesses in West Lancashire to thrive, grow and connect
  • An engaged and motivated Council workforce
  • To design services that help people stay healthy and independent
  • To invest in sports and leisure services and facilities
  • To protect, invest and continue to develop our green leisure spaces

 We will:

  • Deliver our food poverty strategy and action plan
  • Deliver our fuel poverty strategy and action plan
  • Deliver our financial inclusion strategy and action plan
  • Deliver our people strategy with Council staff that results in a continuously improving culture
  • Deliver our health and wellbeing strategy embedding school initiatives
  • Work with partners to focus on prevention and reducing health inequalities 
  • Develop a quality range of health, wellbeing and leisure facilities and services
  • Bring in additional money/services to support our most deprived areas

 

Everyone to be proud of their Council

 

Details about how we manage performance can be found on our Performance Management pages.