Archive for May, 2013

A hard fought campaign – now back to business.

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

After a long and hard-fought county wide election campaign, it’s back down to the business of running the county council.

After spending the last few weeks knocking on doors and speaking to residents, it has allowed me and my colleagues to reflect on what the County Council’s priorities should be over the next 4 years.

You told us that most important to you is our economy and jobs and we will continue to make job creation and economic growth our top priority.  We are pressing on with projects including our joint Deal bid with Stoke-on-Trent, which aims to create 31,000 jobs over 10 years, and both the Redhill and i54 South Staffordshire developments.

Making sure you keep your hard earned money by ensuring the council is well-run to provide real value for money will also continue, as we work hard to make sure every penny of taxpayers’ money is spent carefully to keep Council tax low.  To do this we need to continue innovating and improving our ways of working with our public and private partners, ensuring we work effectively, helping our communities and partners to ‘marry’ our resources to maximise impact.

This work will ensure that the people of Staffordshire have the right skills and access to quality, well-paid jobs with the opportunity to build their careers. This in turn will ensure that the benefits of economic growth are shared as widely as possible.

We will be putting all of our practical efforts into ensuring Staffordshire residents are healthier, happier and crucially independent, able to do what they want with their own lives. To do this people also need to feel safe, feel they belong to our Staffordshire community and have the support of your council and the people around them. The county council will work hard for all of you over the next 4 years.