LetchWood Business Management.
The business plan is the strategic part of the project. It is concerned with
finding out what the residents want, thinking of ways to achieve this, and
thinking about how it can be made acceptable to the residents. At this stage of
the project we are not concerned with the method of doing things, or (to an
extent) how much it will cost. This is the political (strategic) part of the
project where the Council thinks about what needs to be done for the good of the
Parish. When a suggestion or plan is brought to the Council by one of the
Members, the first stage is to produce a business plan and this is where the
Councillors can help. Producing the business plan is a strategic job and it is
right that Councillors should undertake this role. It would involve (among other
things) researching public opinion, investigating options, looking for precedent
in other authorities but most important of all defining what the goals are and
giving a clear objective. In other words if the project were accepted how would
the world be better, and would the improvement justify the cost. So to
summarise, when a Member proposes an idea the first step would be for the
Council to agree it in principle and commission a business case for the idea.
Developing this business case would be the role of the Councillor who proposed
it, or it could be given to a working party of Councillors. Once the business
case has been worked up, it will come back to the Council for formal approval.
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