Five-year vision could see council tax kept low

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KEEPING council tax as low as possible and meeting housing targets are two of the aims of an influential council agreement.

Both Havant and East Hampshire councils have approved a blueprint for how the two authorities will develop over the next five years.

The two councils share a senior management team, including joint chief executive Sandy Hopkins, and they have devised a business plan.

The six-page document details various targets, including more shared working between Havant and East Hampshire councils.

Both councils also want to spread the message that their areas are ‘open for business’.

Councillors at both authorities voted to approve the document, which varies slightly between Havant and East Hampshire.

Havant leader Tony Briggs said: ‘We want to make Havant increasingly prosperous, vibrant and active and it is our corporate strategy that sets out how we will achieve that goal.

‘It plans out the principles and priorities that will guide services and budget decisions over the next five years.’

Cllr Jackie Branson, in charge of governance and logistics at Havant, added: ‘Public services face unprecedented challenges with the global economic crisis affecting the public sector at all levels.

‘At the same time our customers quite rightly have high expectations of quality, performance and efficiency.’

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