Out and about, Public Service Board and our Corporate Plan

As I’m writing this, the sun is cracking the flags outside the office window. Great for many of us after recent wet and miserable summers but not of course great for everyone in our communities. I hope that the lovely summer we seem to be having will encourage more people to holiday in Wales this year and come and spend some time with us in Denbighshire, seeing what we have to offer and spending their money in our local businesses. You can find more information about places to see and things to do in our county by going to www.denbighshire.gov.uk/visitor

Getting Out and About

I’ve spent a big part of my  time here starting to get to know the County, the Council, the local area, local partners, members and the staff who work for us.  I say ‘starting’ because I have a long way to go! So far I have managed to meet most other public sector leaders across North Wales, including;

  • health,
  • other local authorities,
  • the voluntary sector,
  • fire service,
  • education
  • and police.

Working in partnership is fundamental to delivering better services for Denbighshire, even more so as resources shrink and public expectations grow.

I’ll also be meeting with local business leaders in the weeks and months to come. Strong and healthy businesses are at the core of a prosperous Denbighshire and the Council has a key role in nurturing and supporting those that are already with us, supporting business start-ups and encouraging new firms to come to the area. I was reassured to find that the Council is already working really hard in this respect; and with business more widely in support of our growth deal bid. I would like Denbighshire to see a growth and diversification in our employment opportunities, both for younger and older people and across a range of sectors.

When I started here I said that I didn’t want to be the Chief Executive that staff never see and never listens. I’ve started already on a rolling programme of getting out to team meetings across the County and across all of our staff, not just those based in offices. I want to talk to them about how their jobs make a difference to everyone in Denbighshire and about how they think we could do things differently. I think that visibility and communication are at the core of successful leadership, as well as leading by example which is what I aim to do.

Starting from next month I will be spending time in each Denbighshire ward with the local Councillors, learning about what the really local issues are as well as learning more about our communities and our beautiful county. Next time I write, I will feed back about what I have found and what I have learned.

Conwy and Denbighshire Public Service Board

I’ve written above about the importance of partnership working; one way in which this will deliver benefits is through the Conwy and Denbighshire Public Service Board (PSB). The board is chaired by health but includes members from both Councils, voluntary sector, Welsh Government, fire, police and other key partner services. On the 27th of June, we held a workshop to scope out ways in which we can support community empowerment. This is a priority that the council own with the voluntary sector and is fundamental in developing the ways and means for local people and communities to decide and own what works best for them. Local services for local people is what local government is all about, after all, and one size doesn’t fit all. People no longer want the council to do things to or for them; they want to have a say and be involved in what those services look like.

Find out more about the Conwy and Denbighshire Public Service Board

Delivering Our Corporate Plan

Our Corporate Plan sets out the Council’s plans for improving life for local people based on the ‘County Conversation’ held with residents in 2016. I’m pleased to say that we well on track to implement what we promised and agreed. The Council is

  • delivering more homes and to a higher standard,
  • delivering more adaptations to disabled people’s homes,
  • bringing empty properties back in to use and progressing with plans to build more much-needed ‘extra care’ housing.
  • working to improve mobile coverage across the County
  • working to improve our roads
  • looking at ways we can better support carers and make sure that the right information and advice is given to those who need it.

Our local environment is important for our health and well- being but also because it attracts people to the County. We are investing in improving our environment and in protecting our properties from flood risk. Alongside this we are investing in our young people, delivering innovative projects to improve their skills, learning, and employment opportunities.

More information about our Corporate plan

And Finally….

If you have any comments or questions you’d like to ask, please use the comments box or send an email to Judith.greenhalgh@denbighshire.gov.uk

I look forward to hearing from you.

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2 thoughts on “Out and about, Public Service Board and our Corporate Plan

  1. Liz

    I would like to see, an improvement in the road surfaces and not just a couple of blokes turning up periodically and chucking tarmac into holes bashing it down then moving on, only for the whole lot to lift and come out within a month or less. This is not an appropriate use of resources even if it does tick the box.
    You’re right Judith we have some very beautiful areas which could be exploited to gain much needed revenue for our community, but as for people spending money on Denbigh High street or it even being a location that is desirable to visit, useful or easy to use its absolutely not. 25/30 years ago it was diverse and interesting – similar to Ruthin. Now however it most certainly is not.
    We have lots of cyclists, hikers, runners visiting, but they have to walk country lanes that are busy and far from safe. We could use the old railways as a cycle, hikers multifunctional safe pathway as has happened in Derbyshire peak district. Battery powered bicycles etc. new businesses could crop up to service the visitors. Whereas all we have is the Brenig, very scenic pretty and with a little history – but out of the way and only seasonal.
    I realise its early days for you, and not everyone is willing to look forward but I think its past time – someone needs to invigorate the area, instead of doing the same thing over and over.

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  2. judithegreenhalgh

    Hi Liz, Thank you for your feedback. I’m really sorry about the delay getting back to you – I’ve only just come across the notification of your comment. I’ll be keeping a closer eye on this in future.

    I agree that it is always better to undertake preventative maintenance of roads, as opposed to reactive works. Where potholes are an immediate concern, we have a legal duty to fill them so that the road is as safe as possible and we have to make our resources stretch as far as possible to meet the needs of everyone in Denbighshire.

    I’ve spoken with our Road Safety and Sustainable Transportation officer about your suggestion to utilise former railway lines as cycle paths, this has previously been looked at by our officers and I understand that feasibility work and consultations have taken place with stakeholders and Welsh Government. The introduction of Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 placed an onus on us to develop cycle paths in urban areas, focusing on enabling people to get to and from work and to other key public amenities. As a result we are working hard to develop new and exciting Active Travel schemes in Denbighshire that align with the principles of the Act and also meet the associated grant funding criteria.

    I hope you find this reply helpful and thank you for taking the time to write to me, apologies again for not getting back to you sooner.

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