To monitor progress against the measures of success as detailed within the Council Plan 2014-2019.
The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder presented the fourth quarter Council Plan Performance Monitoring Report 2018/19 which set out the Council Plan Priorities and Measures of Success. The measures listed, details of which were set out within the report, were showing very good performance and demonstrated that South Lakeland was a very desirable place to live, work and explore.
The report also included the latest Strategic Risk Register. Out of a total number of 15 risks, six were currently above the Council’s tolerance but were, however, being managed effectively.
In presenting the report, the Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder informed Members that the report had also been considered by the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at its meeting on 26 April 2019. He confirmed the Council’s commitment to deliver on its promises, being on track to deliver 1,000 affordable homes to rent by 2025, with the provision to date of 464 affordable homes to rent. He also reported that there had been the creation of new jobs and business start-ups. He also drew attention to the reduction in empty homes, the target of 70 per year having been exceeded in 2018/19. The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder emphasised how seriously the Council took the need to set an example and reduce its carbon footprint and the need to work collaboratively with other authorities to mitigate Climate Change, referring to a review of the Council’s buildings and proposals for the installation of solar panels. In closing, he announced that both he and the Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder planned further meetings with the public on the issue of Climate Change and he encouraged Shadow Cabinet Members to take part.
The Deputy Leader and Housing and Innovation Portfolio Holder made reference to the Measures of Success in relation to Housing, namely with regard to the number of homeless households living in temporary accommodation to be no more than 20 at any one time, the target for which was currently under pressure. He informed Members that the reasons for this were identified within the draft South Lakeland District Council Homelessness Strategy 2019-2024 which was due to be considered later on in the meeting, however, indicated that the Council was carefully monitoring the situation and seeking to keep the figures within target. He added that significant pressures were being faced nationally in this regard.
Discussion took place on the Climate Change emergency and on the need to maintain a focus on reality, with the Council setting out clear objectives and promoting understanding. The Climate Emergency and Localism Portfolio Holder indicated that her aim in this regard was for more collaborative working and the encouragement of youth involvement.
The issue of contagious disease of trees, predominantly Ash dieback, was raised, and the potential catastrophic result on the visual appearance of South Lakeland and the nation as a whole. The Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder undertook to raise the matter with officers. This further raised the question ... view the full minutes text for item 9