Does your council plan for the future? Or do present-day issues take up so much time of your councillors' and officers' time that the future of your parish remains 'over the horizon'?
All councils must look to the future when deciding on budgets and precept, but how far into the future does your financial planning reach?
When deciding on a project funded from s106 or CIL monies, is the sustainability of a new building or facility considered? How will it be funded in the future? When will it need replacing or refurbishing?
Strategic planning is an organisation's process of defining its strategy, or direction, and making decisions on allocating its resources to pursue this strategy.
Having a clear future strategy is key to transparency. Councillors, officers and parishioners can all share the vision. It can be motivational and inspirational.
For a template to guide your council or community organisation to plan for the future, please contact me.