(Link to Council Priorities: All)
The Leader introduced the report which set out the quarterly performance monitoring against the 2015/16 basket of performance indicators, Council Plan objectives and flagship activities. It was noted that the monitoring report would be presented to the Performance and Finance Standing Panel on 7 July 2016.
In the fourth quarter and at the year end, 28 (76%) Council Plan objectives were on target and of the 9 ‘Flagship’ activities, 7 (78%) were on target.
Cabinet noted that as this was the final report on the Council’s performance in 2015/16, the report also outlined areas where performance improvement was needed and set out the action required, where it was directly within the Council’s control. It was, however, recognised that performance could be affected by circumstances that were not within the Council’s control, such as the weather and the economic climate. Efforts would, however, be undertaken over the coming months to drive up performance and ensure that targets were achieved.
With regard to Council Objective HT1 – Maximise value of car park assets, the Leader reported that a comprehensive review of all the Council’s car parks was underway as there had not been as much investment in maintaining the car parks as there should have been.
With regard to Performance Indicator L-HS1 – Number of affordable homes delivered (gross) – cumulative, the Leader was pleased to report that the target for 2015/16 had been exceeded, with 62 affordable homes being delivered. However, whilst the target had been exceeded, the Leader advised that the delivery of affordable homes was a priority for the Administration and accordingly the target for 2016/17 would be reviewed as there was a need to increase the number of affordable homes delivered within the Borough. The Portfolio Holder for Housing further commented that another priority was the need to acquire more social housing properties in order to reduce the number of individuals on the Housing Register.