The current Council Plan was first approved in 2017. It sets out 14 objectives across four themes:

  • Economy
  • People
  • Place
  • Organisation

It’s reviewed annually, and in late 2018 councillors felt it had become too broad for our shrinking budget and resources. In response, we introduced smaller, more focused sets of in-year priorities to support the objectives in the plan. These are tightly defined, with clear activities for the year.

While delivering these in-year priorities, we continue to engage with local people to inform our next review of the plan – helping us understand how we can best work with local communities to support improved well-being within a reducing budget.

Strategic planning principles

We have defined seven principles to help us plan and enable the most fair, effective and sustainable services that we can, within available resources. These principles are:

  • Prevention comes first 
  • Prioritise the most vulnerable 
  • Plan for the long term
  • Consult and involve local people
  • Integration between council departments
  • Collaboration with our partners 
  • Welsh Language and Culture (a cross-cutting theme across all priorities)

Our values

These values have been used to define the council’s way of working:

  • Trust
  • Respect
  • Innovation
  • Flexibility
  • Integrity
  • Commitment

Alternative formats

This document is available in Welsh - to view please use the “Cymraeg” link in the top bar of this webpage. 

This document is available in languages other than English and Welsh and in accessible formats such as large print, Braille, BSL DVD, audio-CD, or electronic format upon request.


We welcome your comments on both the format and the content of our Council Plan. If you have any suggestions or comments to make the plan more readable, or for additional or alternative areas on which the council should focus please contact us at the address below. Any proposals for additional areas of focus will be considered as part of the performance management and updating of this plan. Comments on the presentation of the plan will be considered for its next publication in spring.

Focus on our performance

This is our annual performance report against our targets in the Council Plan. Please see the executive summary for a shorter version.