The last Council of the Future Board meeting of 2018 took place on 10 December 2018, with the Chief Executive, heads of service and elected members hearing updates on two current projects.
Asset Manager Craig Isdale highlighted how the Strategic Property Review had helped:
- Reduce the number of buildings the Council owns from 304 to 280 since 2015, and halved the number of leased-in buildings to 16 over the past 10 years.
- Integrate services, providing shared spaces and resources within the West and East Advice Hubs.
- Form a vision for the new civic HQ and Arts Centre.
- Enable flexible working for staff at a number of locations linked to Anytime, Anywhere.
A second presentation on locality planning was given by Andrew Wilson, Policy & Community Planning Manager which highlighted:
- Consultations within the eastern locality had resulted in an action plan being produced based around themes including – Employment & Employability, Civic Pride and Town Centre Regeneration.
- A community-led action plan had been produced by Bo'ness & Blackness residents.
- Communities in the Upper Braes are being asked their views on local assets.
- Consultations within the western locality have also been undertaken, with a paper being developed around identified key issues.
- Consultations with communities in the central location will start in spring 2019.
- 10 December 2018 - Board papers
The next meeting of the Council of the Future Board takes place on 21 January 2019.