Councillors in Colchester will today discuss plans to spend 750 thousand pounds on making the borough a better place to live work and visit.
2 million pounds has been set aside in total to deliver an action plan.
The plans include investing £550,000 into improving the borough’s infrastructure, meaning working more closely with Essex County Council and public transport operators through a new body titled ‘Transport for Colchester’.
As part of this, the council will seek to take back control for fixing potholes and footpaths and carrying out other highways maintenance from County Hall.
Around £750,000 is to be invested to further enhance work to keep the town centre clean and promote the town’s heritage and attractions, while £400,000 is set to be used to help make the town safer and to work with the police to increase their presence on the streets.
Other aspects of the plan include:
· highlighting the work supporting the borough’s economic growth and encourage more business to expand or relocate to Colchester;
· reducing homelessness and supporting vulnerable residents;
· promoting sport and encouraging people to lead healthier lifestyles;
· tackling antisocial behaviour and littering;
· maximising commercial income for the council to further help it deliver the services residents need and rely on;
· Creating cross party task and finish groups, including a Heritage and Tourism group, and
· Creating a new Policy and Public Initiatives panel to enable members of the public to bring forward ‘common sense’ ideas to help further enhance the lives of Colchester residents.