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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 23/11/2004
Best Value and Local Performance Indicators



Summary & Purpose
This report gives details of Waverley’s performance during the first six months of 2004/05 in respect of the best value and local performance indicators that fall within the remit of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee. The report also provides a commentary on the review of targets for 2005/06 and 2006/07 and invites the comments of the Committee on the proposed targets for 2007/08. The Community and Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committees are considering similar reports.

Quality of Life Implications
Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe Communities
Local Economy
Natural
Resource Use
Pollution
Prevention and Control
Biodiversity
and Nature
Local
Environment
Social
Inclusion
Safe, Healthy
and Active
Communities
Local
Economy
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive



The regular consideration and reporting of Waverley’s performance targets has positive implications for most, if not all, the quality of life issues set out above.

E-Government implications:

Comprehensive information on Waverley’s performance has been provided in the Corporate Plan that was published on the Council’s website on 30th June 2004.

Resource and legal implications:

There are no direct resource and legal implications associated with this report.
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Background

1. Each year the Council is required to publish its performance during the previous year and its targets for the current year and the subsequent two years. The Council’s next Corporate Plan will be published by 30th June 2005. Original targets for 2004/05, 2005/06 and 2006/07 were approved by the Executive at its meeting on 3rd February 2004.

Waverley’s review of performance during the first six months of 2004/05, and targets for 2005/06, 2006/07 and proposed targets for 2007/08


2. The table attached as Annexe 1 sets out for the consideration of this Committee the following information:

A description of all the Best Value Indicators (BVPIs) and Local Performance Indicators (LOPIs) which fall within the remit of the Environment & Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

The Council’s actual performance in respect of each indicator for 2003/04 and the target for 2003/04.

The Council’s actual performance in respect of each indicator for the first six months of the current financial year, 2004/05 and the target for 2004/05.

The agreed or revised proposed targets (where indicated in the commentary) for each indicator for 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07 and the proposed targets for 2007/08.

Principles of target setting

3. Target setting is key to enable the authority to demonstrate that it is achieving best value and needs to be well documented. Targets should take into account the performance of other authorities (see “All districts upper quartile (UQ)” in Annexe 1), and should reflect the aims and objectives of the authority’s corporate strategy.

4. Target setting must also be challenging in order to demonstrate that the authority is seeking continued improvement.


Comments on Waverley’s reviewed and proposed targets

5. Members are asked to note the comments in Annexes 2 and 3 in relation to Waverley’s performance for the first six months of the current financial year, the review of 2005/06 and 2006/07 targets and the proposed targets for 2007/08.


Conclusion

6. The Environment & Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee is asked to consider the information presented in this report and to draw attention to any specific issues that it considers should be taken into account in the setting of targets for 2007/08.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the report be noted and any observations on the setting of targets for 2007/08 to be forwarded to the Executive be agreed.
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Background Papers (DoH/DoF/CEX)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Louise Goodfellow Telephone: 01483 523148
Email: lgoodfellow@waverley.gov.uk



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Annexe 2

Comments on Waverley’s performance for the first two quarters of the current financial year 2004/05


Environmental Services

Planning
BVPI 204
Target has not been set. Not sure what this is measuring as data relates to two different time periods.191 refusals in quarter with only 20 appeals allowed.

BVPI 205
Failed on design guidance/advice and electronic government. Action in hand to improve e-government. Next Quarter target 88%

LODC1
No data available due to SX3 reporting issue

LODC2
Decrease in performance due to IT virus issues.

LOBC1
Local Indicator where time period (48 hours) needs revising to be more realistic.

LOBC3
Based on bi-annual questionnaire last undertaken May 2003

Cultural Services

Annexe 3

Comments on Waverley’s review of 2005/06, 2006/07 targets and the proposed targets for 2007/08

Environmental Services

Planning
LODC1
Targets for 2005/06 and 2006/07 have been changed from 80% to 50% based on current workloads, resources and priorities.

LOBC1
Previous definition of “% of ‘complete’ applications registered and acknowledged within 48 hours of deposit” has proved to be unrealistic. Definition and hence targets for 2005/06, 2006/07 have been changed.

Cultural Services
LOLE 24
Rangers have had to cut down on volunteer tasks due to other work priorities. Volunteer days are limited to staff numbers.

LOLE25 a
Attendances are expected to decline at Farnham Sports Centre given the age and condition of the Facilities unless a major refurbishment is undertaken. Increased competition and poor facilities will continue to result in falling attendances. Target also takes into account outturn achieved in 2003/04. Targets changed from 2,500 in 2005/06 to 2,400 and from 2,400 in 2006/07 to 2,300.

LOLE25c
Targets changed from 2,500 in 2005/06 and 2006/07 to 2,300. Revised targets reflect performance in 2003/04. Attendances are likely to stabilise in 2005/06 and 2006/07.

LOLE34a
Targets changed from 4.25 in 2005/06 to 3.75, from 4.5 in 2006/07 to 3.5. Satisfaction levels anticipated to fall unless Centre undergoes a major refurbishment.






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