Press release: Council looks back with pride – and forward with ambition


Council looks back with pride – and forward with ambition


St. Helens Council Leader Barrie Grunewald has pledged to embrace the challenges that lie ahead and says he remains strongly optimistic about a prosperous, fair and equal future for St. Helens.


In the foreword to the council’s 2015/16 Annual Report, Councillor Grunewald speaks of his pride in what has been achieved in the face of significant adversity – while highlighting the council’s aspirations and ambitions.


The report looks back on another year of challenge and change – providing a snapshot of successes. It also summarises the council’s finances and the money spent to deliver vital services, as well as a brief overview of future plans.


The visible growth of economic investment in the borough, the strong improvement seen in school standards, the excellent performance of adult social care and health services, improvements to the local environment and the award winning Cultural Hubs programme are just some of the areas of achievement outlined within the report.


Councillor Grunewald said: “It is only right that we take time to reflect on our many successes and the progress made over the last year. Given the challenges we face I am immensely proud of our achievements.


“The commitment of staff and Members has been great and the progress we have seen could not have been made without the significant contributions which continue from partners, including St Helens CCG and local NHS Trusts, Merseyside Police, St. Helens Chamber, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, St.

Helens RLFC, private sector partners, St. Helens College and colleagues across the voluntary and community sectors.


“At the same time there is much more to be done and for us to move forward we must be bold and ambitious and continue to develop our programme of transformation to allow us to effectively meet the future needs of the communities we serve.


“We have highlighted a number of priority areas of work in the year ahead and beyond that will focus on ensuring St. Helens is a place of aspiration and ambition that is well connected, with a growing economy and a system of health and social care capable of properly meeting the needs of its communities well into the future.”


Please view the council’s Annual Report.


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