Place, Planning and Regeneration
The pandemic initially resulted in a reduction to work on our highways and so catching up on the delivery of improvement schemes in residential areas will be needed in 2021.
The Look Out Discovery Centre was also significantly affected and so the council is reviewing the offer and options for recovery. This is a new priority for 2021.
Regeneration works within Bracknell Town Centre slowed with an economic impact felt across all services, including food, retail and leisure. This has led to the delay in the commencement of the Deck which is prioritised in section 3 of the service plan.
There have been changes in working practices which will bring about new opportunities and new objectives for 2021 to 2022. These include the development of a Community Collaboration hub at Time Square with partner organisations and new public health arrangements across East Berkshire.
Administration of government support packages for businesses and individuals is likely to remain a priority into 2021 to 2022.
Enhanced reporting for the Bracknell BID will need to be developed, which has not been possible due to reduced capacity in 2020 to 2021.
Close monitoring of budgets will be required to track the ongoing impacts of coronavirus and inform medium term financial planning.
New organisational development, learning and development and recruitment approaches will need to be developed and introduced, recognising that changes in working arrangements are likely to remain in place to a large extent post-COVID.
Chief Executives Office
There will continue to be increased pressure on the communication and marketing team to keep residents updated with information on the pandemic. This has meant that the development of the corporate communications strategy has been delayed and will need to be developed in 2021 to 2022.
Most of the change programme projects were paused during March 2020 and throughout the first lockdown and a number were also paused in January 2021. In 2021 to 2022 a new change programme will start which integrates COVID renewal work with existing priority programmes in adults and children’s social care.
There will continue to need to be high engagement with voluntary, faith and community to support communities to recover from the impact of coronavirus over the coming year. There will also be a need to further review the impact the of the pandemic on communities.