Council aims to be more progressive, responsive and deliver better services

Deputy Mayor Victor Robinson, Mayor Billy Webb and Chief Executive Jacqui Dixon launch the Newtownabbey Borough Council's Corporate plan for 2012-16. INNT 24-008-FP
Deputy Mayor Victor Robinson, Mayor Billy Webb and Chief Executive Jacqui Dixon launch the Newtownabbey Borough Council's Corporate plan for 2012-16. INNT 24-008-FP
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NEWTOWNABBEY Borough Council has set out its key priorities for the next four years with the launch of its Corporate Plan 2012 - 2016.

The 43-page document, which was officially launched at Mossley Mill on Wednesday (June 6), details the local authority’s aims and objectives in terms of improving the local environment, supporting the borough’s businesses, promoting healthier lifestyles and responding to the needs of the local community.

Unveiling the new strategy, NBC Chief Executive Jacqui Dixon highlighted some of the achievements during the period of the last Corporate Plan (2006 - 2011) and outlined how the council aims to maintain and build on those areas of success.

Stressing that consultation with the borough’s ratepayers, business owners and community sector is key to guiding the future direction of the council, she pointed to the ‘Our Newtownabbey’ branding used throughout the plan - a concept which signifies the councillors and staff’s ‘Ownership’ of the plan, the council’s commitment to ‘Understand’ more about people’s needs and to ‘Respond’ effectively.

Highlighting the £1.6million per annum of efficiency savings made by the council, Mrs Dixon gave an assurance that staff and elected members at Mossley Mill are committed to delivering “strong and effective financial management.”

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