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Council plan - foreword

In the three years since the implementation of our 2017-2022 Council Plan, the Council and our communities have faced a variety of challenges; from the uncertainty of Brexit to continued budget constraints. These challenges have recently been compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is likely to have a long-lasting effect on our local citizens and communities and around the world.

In a rapidly changing social and economic landscape, the Council has and will continue to work hard to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on our communities and businesses alike. In order to do this, we must draw a sharper focus on those services which are most essential to the wellbeing of our residents; the future opportunities for all our children and young people; the development of local economy, and support for our environment, so that we can continue to prioritise service delivery and associated resources to the areas that are most in need. In light of this, we have renewed our Council Plan and replaced the previous eleven priorities with six new, more focused, strategic priorities, that better reflect our current challenges and aspirations. These strategic priorities fall under the three pillars of:

  • Our People;
  • Our Environment; and
  • Our Economy

Our renewed Council Plan 2020-2022 can only be achieved by continued collaborative working and with the combined expertise that our communities, partners and employees bring when delivering improved outcomes in Aberdeenshire. This teamwork has been vital in the last six months when dealing with the immediate issues arising from the pandemic and I am incredibly proud of the work and dedication shown from all involved.

While it is accepted that the shape of local services will continue to change at a faster pace than anything we are used to, the new Council Plan 2020-2022 provides clear strategic direction for our local communities, at a time of universal uncertainty.

Councillor Jim Gifford
Leader of Aberdeenshire Council