Cheshire East Council has launched a public consultation on its new digital strategy.
The consultation, which begins today and will end on Monday 17 January, seeks to engage with residents, businesses and partners across the borough.
Through individual programmes and collaboration with partners, the council has already made strong progress towards its digital priority. The strategy reflects that progress and brings these activities together into a clear vision and set of outcomes for the future.
The digital strategy supports the council’s vision to become an open, fairer and greener Cheshire East, and outlines four key digital aims:
· Provide innovative public services – to be an information-led council, delivering services which are responsive, convenient, accessible and safe in a consistent and cost effective way;
· Create sustainable digital infrastructure – supporting the delivery of a world-class, area-wide digital infrastructure, allowing everyone to access and benefit from digital technologies;
· Create a vibrant digital economy – a digitally skilled workforce and an internationally recognised area for digital businesses to thrive; and
· Improve health, wellbeing and inclusion – an area where people live well for longer; independently and enjoying the place where they live.
Councillor Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East Council and chair of the corporate policy committee, said: “Maximising on the opportunities that the digital revolution provides is a priority for Cheshire East. We recognise that new and emerging technologies can deliver real benefits to residents and businesses and provide opportunities to rethink how council services are provided.
“We also have a desire to improve connectivity for all communities – helping residents and businesses to benefit from the convenience and flexibility that can bring.
“But we know that digital also brings risks. We need to make sure our most vulnerable customers and communities are not excluded and that we can all use technology in a safe and secure way.
“This consultation will seek the views of our stakeholders, ensuring that the themes captured within the strategy meet their aspirations and needs. I would encourage as many people as possible to have their say.”
The responses to the consultation will be used to shape the strategy going forward.