Stirling Council started the Big Conversation to put residents at the heart of budget planning, and more than 800 ideas and suggestions have flooded in since it launched in the autumn.
As a Council, we have to save more than £4m over the next financial year, and we had asked the public for suggestions on how we could transform how we work and meet the financial challenges we face as a Council. We gathered ideas and suggestions via a digital survey, staff engagement and public sessions at schools, supermarkets, bus stations, and the Peak, as well as a string of community events.
Your input has been invaluable and has allowed us to identify and develop common themes and ideas.
All of the input has been categorised into the following key areas:
• Schools and Learning
• Parking and Transport
• Partnership and Shared Services
• People doing more for themselves
• Technology, Innovation and Smart Working
There is more detail on the ideas and suggestions in each category laid out in the Big Conversation Update, most of which focuses on ideas for the 2019/20 budget cycle. The longer-term ideas are also being reviewed for consideration for future years. All suggestions put forward have an individual reference number so that we can let you know what happened to your idea if you would like.