District Council publishes its Annual Report for 2016

BDC 2016 Annual ReportThe District Council has published its annual publication revealing some interesting figures in relation to the Council’s performance.

The 2016 Annual Report contains information on what the Council desribes as its the “highlights” throughout the past year.

The report, produced by the Council’s Performance Team, reveals some successes and some not-so-high lights.

Some undeniable plus points include the award of LLEP Apprentice Large Employer of the Year and the successful Blaby District Youth Council.

The report also cites results from the District Council’s 2015 “Residents’ Survey” as a highlight but scrutiny of the figures raises some questions.

In the section headlined “Listening to our customers – The Residents’ Survey 2016” the report says that the Satisfaction Survey was completed by just 1,138 of Council ‘customers’.

From a minimum base of 96,000 residents (2014 government estimate) that represents a return of around 1%. Bearing in mind that not all feedback was 100% congratulatory, despite the optimistic spin there is obviously no room for complacency.

The report quotes some survey feedback as stating “Cars parked on pavements, car parking needs improving, and it makes it difficult for pedestrians to walk about” is a subject that has not been unfamiliar to Enderby residents for a number of years.

On a more positive level, £65,000 in Community Grants was handed out in the past year, a year which also saw completion of the new Recycle Depot in Whetstone (giving a nod to the overall excellent service residents receive from the Council’s refuse collection and recycling service).

Over £1 million has been secured (the highest amount ever) in planning obligation contributions, which goes towards open space, infrastructure and other community developments.

The Council have created a Young Person’s Champion and relaunched the Youth Council. There are now 22 members of the Youth Council and members of the Youth Council took part in the successful Councillor Shadowing programme as well as ‘Young Inspector’ and Safeguarding training.

A summary of accounts and performance indicators also give residents an insight into how their local authority has improved in the last twelve months.

Cllr Terry Richardson

Cllr.Richardson: Confident of Blaby’s future

Councillor Terry Richardson, Leader of Blaby District Council, said:

“The Annual Report is our chance to give residents information about the district, to share our success and demonstrate that we are always striving to improve the performance of our services.

“This is an important part of our openness with residents and it emphasises how confident we are about the future of Blaby District, which is a thriving area and, we feel, truly is the heart of Leicestershire.”

The report is available from Blaby District Council via its website at www.blaby.gov.uk/annualreport.

Hard copies will be made available at local district libraries.

[Source: Blaby District Council Communications. Additional comment by Enderby EYE.]
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