CASH-STRAPPED Anglesey Council faces far reaching changes to its services as it looks to save £16 million over the next three years.
A full Anglesey Council today (Thursday, December 5) approved the Draft Corporate Plan, which includes a five per cent council tax increase.
The plan states: “The aim for Anglesey Council is that by 2017 we will be a professional and well run council innovative and outward looking in
our approach, committed to developing people and partnerships in order to deliver efficient and effective services of good quality, that are highly valued by our citizens.”
Changes to care for the elderly will see two specialised centres built in northern Anglesey, with plans for another centre in the south.
Community-based services will also be developed.
The council also aims to encourage community regeneration, and develop town and community plans, with Holyhead, Llangefni and Amlwch the three main priorities.
On jobs, the plan states: “Whilst it is acknowledged that the private sector is the main economic driver and wealth creator on the Island, the Council has a role in establishing an environment for growth where local businesses can grow and new businesses can be established and flourish.
Education plans will see two new area schools, and the authority will continue its drive to cut surplus places.”
The plan also states the authority work with partners to improve the road network through re-surfacing, surface dressing and other infrastructure investments, including upgrading the A5025 from Valley to Wylfa.
Leisure services will face a 60 per cent funding cut, while existing sports halls will be interlinked with the island’s secondary schools.
The council will also encourage communities to provide their own sporting services.
There is positive news on the housing front, as the council will look to bring 225 empty homes back into use.
The plan states: “We will also continue our efforts to develop the housing market for local people with particular emphasis being placed on working with partners to plan, develop and establish a greater number of affordable housing options for our citizens.”