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While we call this a 'Council Plan', I see it as belonging to the residents of west Cheshire. This is your plan shaped by your views, hopes, concerns and aspirations. I'd like to thank you for your input and can assure you that it has made a difference.

The Council Plan will guide our decisions, resources and actions for the next four years. The challenges our borough faces are vast ranging from climate change, inequality, an ageing population and growing a dynamic economy. We also have a £91 million funding gap for the next four years as demand on our services, particularly to support the most vulnerable, continues to rise.

Big challenges need big responses but the days of the Council knowing best are over.

Our plan paints a picture of an exciting future where we all work together to tackle shared challenges. That means collaboration with public sector partners, charities, businesses but most of all building deeper, stronger and broader relationships with communities. Our communities are a huge resource of great ideas, innovation and insight. We need to harness this energy for the common good.

I came into politics as I firmly believe we all have a role to play to make our communities even better places to live, work and play. Through our common endeavour we can achieve so much more and truly make the borough thrive.

Councillor Louise Gittins

Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader

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