New borough strategy outlines bold ambition for Doncaster

A confident, bold ambition for Doncaster’s future is set out in the exciting new Borough Strategy – ‘Doncaster Delivering Together’ (DDT) which will be presented to Cabinet next Wednesday (8 September).

The partnership strategy proposes new ways of working that respond to local needs and opportunities, seeks to reduce inequalities and improve the wellbeing of people and place. To deliver this longer term vision, eight cross-cutting priorities – the Great 8 – will drive the delivery of the work.

The six well-being goals that set out the vision for the borough’s future are: 

  • Greener and Cleaner Doncaster
  • Skilled and Creative Doncaster
  • Prosperous and Connected Doncaster
  • Safe and Resilient Doncaster
  • Healthy and Compassionate Doncaster
  • Fair and Inclusive Doncaster

And here are the eight cross cutting priorities that will help deliver these goals:

  • Tackle climate change
  • Skills to thrive in life & work 
  • Best place to do business & create good jobs 
  • Build opportunities for healthier, happier & longer lives for all
  • Safer, cleaner & stronger communities where everyone belongs
  • A child & family-friendly borough
  • Transport & digital connections fit for the future
  • Promote the borough & its cultural, sporting & heritage opportunities

Doncaster Delivering Together builds on the borough’s recent successes and has taken on board the views of residents, businesses, voluntary and community organisations, schools, healthcare providers, visitors and developers. Over the past couple of years, opinions have been sought and collated through various engagement including Doncaster Talks consultations, with a further opportunity last month for residents and anyone with an interest in the future of Doncaster to have their say.

The most strongly supported wellbeing goals were safe and resilientprosperous and connected along with healthy and compassionate.  Most people also strongly agreed with prioritising safer, cleaner, stronger communities where everyone belongs and where there are opportunities for healthier, happier and longer lives for all.

Residents also highlighted the need to tackle issues such as litter, fly-tipping, crime and anti-social behaviour, whilst also acknowledging the need to build on the community spirit seen over the last 18 months.

Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “This is an exciting time for the borough and, thanks to our progress over recent years, we have reached an important point in Doncaster’s improvement journey where a major step forward is both possible and essential. We will be working even closer with communities, sharing responsibilities and adopting a true partnership approach.

“We want to ensure that all the borough’s residents share in our successes and enjoy the benefits of living in and contributing to our communities. It’s about considering all life stages - starting well, living well and ageing well - and the transitions between them, to reach our ultimate vision of thriving people, places and planet.

“I would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been involved in the development of the strategy and have shared their views, thoughts and feedback throughout the engagement journey.”

Once approved by Full Council, the strategy will be launched via a series of short videos about the Great 8 priorities; referencing action plans and how everyone can play their part in achieving great things for Doncaster.

You can view the Cabinet report here - Cabinet 8th September  Please see a link to the Doncaster Talks website to see the results of the consultations.

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