Councillors have apparently agreed to back a 'new strategic aim' for Anglesey County Council. Once you've picked yourself up off the floor from the shock that our bickering burghers have managed to agree on anything, you better sit down before you hear what they've actually agreed on:
To promote and protect the interests of the Island - locally, regionally and nationally
Yes, thats right: our Councillors have finally figured out that they are supposed to promote and protect the interests of Anglesey. As this is being dubbed a 'new' strategic aim we must assume that this wasn't what they have been doing until now - actually, my mistake, we don't need to assume anything: we already knew they haven't been doing that. Anyway, they didn't stop there, they have also unveiled five strategic priorities too, namely:
- Enhance the reputation of the Council and Island
- Protect and develop the Island's economy
- Build and support sustainable communities
- Promote healthy, safe and fair communities
- Businesslike and affordable services
The first one is the most shocking: surely protecting and developing the Island's economy is the most important priority? Also, why is Council written before Island? They are here to serve the community NOT themselves.
Its easy to mock (too easy sometimes) but this is a serious issue and an effective and functioning County Council is absolutely essential for the revival of Ynys Môn's fortunes.
Will this new 'strategic aim' really change anything?