About the Councils

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Stroud District Council

Our vision centres on leading a community that is making Stroud district a better place to live, work and visit for everyone. Our council plan (link to https://www.stroud.gov.uk/media/1822558/31-council-plan-2021-2026.pdf ) sets out how this will be achieved, with everything we do focus around three key priorities over a 5 year focus:

Environment and Climate Change – protecting our environment and leading the district to carbon neutrality in 2030

Community Resilience and Wellbeing – strengthening and supporting our communities so people feel included and connected

Economy, Recovery and Regeneration – supporting a thriving and resilient local economy

Our commitment to excellent service delivery and highly successful partnership working mean we continue to hit record levels of resident and business satisfaction, well above the national average.

We are innovative and ambitious, and our successful regeneration projects have seen us leading the way on high standard social housing, recycling and brownfield development. Our canal restoration project has been boosted by successful Heritage Lottery Fund awards.  We lead the way on waste reduction and recycling, and are developing a name for ourselves in our drive towards achieving a carbon neutral district.

Political Makeup 

Stroud District Council is led by a co-operative alliance of the Labour, Green and Liberal Democrat parties.

There are 51 councillors: 19 Conservative, 15 Labour, 13 Green, 3 Liberal Democrat and 1 Conservative (No Group).​

Our Values

Our people are engaged and empowered and we foster an environment that promotes innovation and continuous improvement, where new ideas are welcomed

We care about our people and will create an environment that empowers and supports them to have the right work life balance, to enhance and improve their lives.

  • Valuing our people
    We care about our colleagues and the people and businesses that make up our communities
  • Aiming High
    We are ambitious and we always strive to get better and do better for our communities
    Making a difference
    We put the people in our community at the heart of everything we do
    Being one Council
    We are at our best when we work together

Cheltenham Borough Council 

Cheltenham Borough Council is the local authority for Cheltenham, which is split into 20 wards, with a total of 40 councillors elected to serve. The Cabinet is the part of the Council which is responsible for most day-to-day decisions, it consists of the Leader of the Council and eight Councillors appointment by the Leader.

Our Values

We want to work with enthusiastic and committed people who share our values and want to make a positive difference to our organisation and to the people of Cheltenham.

In 2020/21, as part of our modernisation programme we looked at how we needed to change and develop as an organisation. 

Over 70 staff and stakeholders provided feedback on how we could best organise ourselves to deliver the council's vision and ambitious priorities as set out in our key documents:

Following on from this work, we recognised the need to create a work environment where everyone feels positive, supported, empowered and appreciated for what they do.

We agreed five sets of behaviours that will help us achieve our goals.  We call these our corporate values.

Together we...

  • Own it
    We hold ourselves accountable, we take responsibility and we avoid blaming others.
  • Get it done
    We are tenacious, fair and objective in our work.
  • Develop our people
    We help everyone to be their best.
  • Take care
    We look after ourselves, each other, our communities and our planet.
  • Find a better way
    We are creative, innovative and willing to challenge the status quo.

    Together we are Cheltenham.

Further details can be viewed at: www.cheltenham.gov.uk