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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 14/03/2005
Best Value and Local Performance Indicators: Review of
WAVERLEY’S PERFORMANCE FOR THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 2004/05



Summary & Purpose
This report gives details of Waverley’s performance during the first nine 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 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


APPENDIX E
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

ENVIRONMENT AND LEISURE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE –
14TH MARCH 2005
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Title:
Best Value and Local Performance Indicators: Review of
WAVERLEY’S PERFORMANCE FOR THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 2004/05
[Wards Affected: All]
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Summary and purpose:

This report gives details of Waverley’s performance during the first nine 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 Community and Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committees are considering similar reports.
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Quality of life implications – social, environmental & economic (sustainable development):

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 monitoring and reporting of Waverley’s performance in delivering its services 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 for the year 2003/04 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 and will incorporate this information. Targets for 2004/05, 2005/06, 2006/07 and 2007/08 were approved by the Executive at its meeting on 7th December 2004. Where the Executive recommended that future targets set should be more challenging, these are referred to in this report.

Waverley’s review of performance during the first nine months of 2004/05

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

A description of all the Council’s Best Value Indicators (BVPIs) and Local Performance Indicators (LOPIs). Indicators shown in bold type are a point of focus for the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. The “All districts” Upper/Top Quartile (UQ) figures for 2003/04 The Council’s actual performance in respect of each indicator for 2003/04. The Council’s actual performance in respect of each indicator for the first nine months of the current financial year 2004/05 and the target for 2004/05.
Comments on Waverley’s performance during the first nine months of 2004/05

3. Members are asked to note the following comments in relation to Waverley’s performance for the first nine months of the current financial year:


Environmental Services

No comments


Planning

BVPI 204
A target has not been set for 2004/05 as there is some confusion concerning what this is measuring with data relating to two different time periods. There were 178 refusals in this quarter with only 19 appeals allowed.

LODC1
Current performance reflects Member priorities and increasing workloads in Development Control. Members have agreed (subject to Planning Delivery Grant) the recruitment of dedicated enforcement staff.

LOBC1
The indicator reported in the six-monthly report as 40% referred to % of complete applications registered and acknowledged within 2 working days.

LOBC3
Based on bi-annual questionnaire last undertaken May 2003.


Cultural Services

LOLE24
It is unlikely that the yearly target will be achieved due to lack of staff to supervise volunteers.

LOLE25c
Christmas and the build-up for the holiday is a quieter period. Although the final quarter will be a good figure it might not be enough to meet the target.


Response to this Committee’s and the Executive’s request for more challenging targets for BVPI 84

4. The Council has targeted to reduce total household waste arisings incrementally from 415 kilogrammes per head of population in 2004/05 to 400 kilogrammes per head in 2007/08. Whilst it would be possible to make the target more challenging, this should be set against the national trend showing total household arisings increasing by 3% year-on-year. This background trend added to Waverley's current data would indicate an expected increase in arisings to 454 kilogrammes per head by 2007/08.

5. At present, the full-year effect of the Council's "one bin" policy has yet to be measured, and the introduction of chargeable collections for all garden waste is not due to take effect until after July this year. It is therefore suggested that a further review of the target should be made in at the end of 2005 once the effects of these are known. It should be noted that the performance indicator measures all household waste collected, including that which is collected for recycling.


Response to this Committee’s and the Executive’s request for more challenging targets for BVPI 204

6. The Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny committee requested Officers to consider more challenging future targets for BVPI 204. This matter has been discussed with the Planning Portfolio Holder. The future targets of 30% are saying that Waverley will win 70% of the cases with 30% being allowed. 30% allowed is the current national average. If Members want to want to increase this target to, say, 80% Waverley win, then this will have potential implications for the decisions it makes in relation to refusals. For example, an improved performance would be achieved by simply not refusing applications on subjective design grounds. It is in the area of design that Waverley is less successful compared to other policy areas however, in your Officers view, it would not be in the Council’s interest to relax its attitude to achieving quality development simply on the basis of improving its appeal performance.


Change of targets for BVPI170c

7. Officers have requested that this committee endorse a lowering in the target for BVPI 170c “ Number of pupils visiting museums and galleries in organised school groups” for 2005/06, 2006/07 and 2007/08 from 4,500 to 2,850. Godalming Museum had expected to increase the amount of educational work, however they have had difficulty in developing their educational programme given the lack of experienced volunteers or paid staff to undertake the work. Farnham Museum have little additional capacity and believe that increased coach prices have had an impact on performance.



Conclusion

8. This Committee is asked to consider the information presented in this report and to draw the Executive’s attention to any specific issues it sees fit.

Recommendation

It is recommended that this committee considers the information presented in this report and draws the Executive’s attention to any specific issues it sees fit.

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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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