Each summer, the town council publishes an Annual Plan that assesses our performance over the last year and sets out our blueprint for operating over the next. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly affected how we work.
In this environment our priority has been, and remains, the health and wellbeing of our staff and our residents, and how we respond to a fast changing and evolving situation. Our interim annual plan does not therefore contain the usual feedback on Performance Indicators, although we have detailed progress where possible, and the detail of how we will set targets for the coming year will depend, in a large part, on how the health crisis is resolved in the medium to longer term. We continue to react to new developments, focus on immediate matters, and continue to assess how we will operate in the context of global and local change.
In the next five to ten years the town of Chesham and so, by definition, the Town Council faces a period of unprecedented change. Chesham is likely to have an influx of new houses and dwellings earmarked for it through a new Local Plan, probably adding some 10-15% to the population. The Council has committed itself to become carbon neutral by 2030 and support measures to reduce climate change across town, and the added pressures of housebuilding and an increased population will have a major impact. The Council’s decision to undertake a Neighbourhood Plan is essential to set parameters on the question of housing, infrastructure and the environment.
As a result, the Annual Plan focuses on the key areas of developing the Chesham Neighbourhood Plan, becoming carbon neutral, delivering more local services and investing in The Elgiva and Chesham Moor Gym & Swim. You can view the plan here (PDF, 1.8 MB).
The next 5 years will present Chesham and its Town Council with many challenges and exciting opportunities. We have no doubt that the residents and your Council are up for the challenge and are keen to seize those opportunities.