Our council

Local government doesn't always have the best reputation: Slow. Cumbersome. Inefficient. Grey and drab, wrapped up in red tape and communicated in jargon. Not us. Not anymore.

We’re changing, and we’re going to keep changing until we have the council that our residents and colleagues need: innovative, caring and efficient, capable of rising to the challenges of the future. It’s going to take a lot of work. But we believe in ourselves and our purpose: to help everyone in Shropshire live their best lives.

Which means that nothing is off the table. We need to challenge ourselves – as individuals, as teams, and as services, to think, act and work differently to make the differences we all want to make. After all, that’s why we all decided to work here: to make that difference.

So it’s a good job we’ve got the Shropshire Plan. This is our shared plan – our shared purpose – to ensure we do all we can to help our people live their best lives.

This is much more than just another corporate plan: it’s about giving us all permission to challenge the status quo, to think freely, and do things differently and better. Why? Because we need to be fit for the future, and because our residents need us to provide better, more efficient services, so that they can live independently.

So forget what you think you know about local government. That’s what we’re doing.

The Shropshire Plan: Helping people live their best lives.

Right now, across Shropshire, our people are transforming lives. We’re using ground-breaking technology to help people with severe disabilities live with independence and dignity. We’re helping vulnerable children find loving families, rather than place them in the homes system. We’re building new roads to connect communities and build businesses. We’re leading renewable energy projects across the county because no other organisation has the capacity.

This is no ‘corporate plan’. It’s a plan to help the people of Shropshire live their best lives.

Read our Shropshire Plan

“Join us, and you join a council with a purpose: to transform lives and to transform the way we work. You can help drive those changes.”
- Andy Begley, chief executive

“Public service is a calling. It’s a career to be proud of. Local democracy matters because local people matter.”
Lezley Picton, leader of the council

Getting it Right (GiR)

The dramatic changes in the way organisations operate that we've witnessed over recent years has highlighted the need for us to reset and refocus to ensure that we “Get it Right” for the long-term future of Shropshire.

The Getting it Right Guide identifies our priorities of 'Healthy People, Healthy Economy, Healthy Environment and Healthy Organisation' to meet our objectives for the people, businesses and environment of Shropshire.

The shared values below enable us to remain focused on our priorities to create a better life for our residents and for our organisation:

  • Authentic relationships
  • Professional excellence
  • Belief in potential
  • Agile leadership
  • Our world

Our collective plan for the evolution of Shrewsbury

Local organisations, businesses and residents are working together to help Shrewsbury evolve and develop for the good of everyone. It’s ambitious and bold, reshaping the physical public realm and matching it with an outstanding public experience. Together we will revolutionise movement around our town and attract vital investment. We want to achieve this in four ways:

  • Rethinking movement and place
  • Supporting, creating and nurturing vitality, life and a mix of uses
  • Creating a place for enterprise
  • Nurturing natural Shrewsbury

Visit Shrewsbury Big Town plan website for more information.