Our Priorities


  • Outcome
    A thriving local economy, with local people who have the skills to secure jobs
  • Outcome
    Healthier and longer lives for all
  • Outcome
    People are protected and feel safe
  • Outcome
    Children and young people aspire and achieve
  • Outcome
    Empowered and active communities who have pride in their neighbourhoods

Our current Sustainable Community Strategy (SCS) entitled Building a Better Borough, was published in 2008. It is the key strategic planning document for the Redcar and Cleveland Partnership and also has a strong influence over the priorities and direction of public service providers in the Borough. The Strategy sets out our vision for how life will be in Redcar and Cleveland in 2021, and how we intend to get there. It has helped ensure we have a mature and focussed Partnership where agencies act individually and collaboratively for the benefit of the Borough.

Although our long term priorities have not changed, we recognise that if we are to continue to improve outcomes for local people, we need to be more tightly focussed on tackling the issues that matter most in the Borough, ensuring our resources are targeted where they are most needed. The Partnership has therefore developed a Statement of Priorities to clearly identify the most critical challenges for the Borough in the medium term (over the next five years) and to set out how we are tackling them.


The Statement of Priorities will complement and support the SCS, rather than replace it. It will be our main strategic and operational focus in the medium term. The SCS will continue to be our road map to achieving our long term vision, ensuring that the LSP does not lose sight of the wider issues that we still need to address together.

The Statement sets out the outcomes we want to achieve collaboratively, together with a small number of objectives which state what we will do to achieve them. It also includes details of the key plans, strategies and initiatives that will contribute to achieving these priority objectives. A small number of performance indicators have been identified to ensure that we are effective and efficient in delivering our priorities. The Statement will be reviewed annually to ensure that the LSP is able to respond to any emerging significant issues.

In identifying our top priorities, we have taken many things into consideration the views of a wide range of stakeholders including partners, local people and Elected Members; statistics about the local area, and information about how we have performed over the last two years. We have also taken into account the rapidly changing social and political landscape. For further information on the Sustainable Communities Strategy or Statement of Priorities, contact Rob Mitchell, Head of Policy & Performance, Redcar & Cleveland Council, 01642 444507 or email rob.mitchell@redcar-cleveland.gov.uk