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Corporate performance on protecting and enhancing our environment

5.1.01 Local Plan

Directorate: Central

Section: Planning

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 September 2020

Percentage complete: 80%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Work has progressed on preparing the draft publication version of the plan and on further aspects of the evidence base.

There is outstanding work to be completed, notably on transport modelling and mitigation measures and subsequently on air quality before publication.

5.01.02 Local Plan government inspection

Directorate: Central

Section: Planning

Stage: Not started

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 0%

Status: Amber

Comments: 

Revised LDS being prepared for February Executive. It indicates Local Plan Examination autumn or winter 2021 to 2022.

5.01.03 Local Plan implementation

Directorate: Central

Section: Planning

Stage: Not started

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 0%

Status: Green

Comments: 

New Local Plan will not be adopted until 2021 to 2022.

Implementation of existing policy framework is ongoing through the development management process.

5.01.04 Green flag status of open spaces

Directorate: Central

Section: Natural Estate

Stage: Completed

Due date: 31 December 2020

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comments: 

All awards retained in current year.

5.01.05 Management of land assets

Directorate: Delivery

Section: Property

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 75%

Status: Green

5.02.01 Green development of our waste collection services

Directorate: Delivery

Section: Contract Services

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 80%

Status: Green

Comments:

Through quarter 3 a lot of the operational preparations have taken place. The food vehicles are now ready for the service to begin on 1 March. The caddies have been manufactured and half of them are in stock ready for delivery to start on 25 January.
 
Communications have also begun to let residents know when the service will go live, how to get support and advice from the waste team and online forms were made available in November to support this.

The service roll out leaflet that includes collection schedules from 1 March is nearing completion ready for printing.
 
Software that helps the waste service run efficiently is being updated with new rounds and the early stages of integrating the food waste service into the councils online forms and website is underway.

5.02.02 Educate, enable and encourage residents to maximise their recycling

Directorate: Delivery

Section: Contract Services

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 80%

Status: Green

Comments:

Recycling messages are being communicated to residents through social media and Town & Country. The main focus is the new food waste service, however alongside these are blue bin recycling related messages to help everyone maximise their recycling before the 3 weekly refuse collections are introduced.

Christmas recycling was a focus throughout December. Reminders on what can and can't be recycled and recycling tips went out on social media.

5.02.03 Landfill site at Strong’s Heath

Directorate: Delivery

Section: Executive Director: Delivery

Stage: Completed

Due date: 30 September 2020

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Amber

Comments:

With the COVID restrictions being relaxed this project has been able to restart.

Funding has been secured from Homes England in order to undertaken intrusive survey into the site. Having secured the funding, plans for the work needed to be drafted and approved by the Environment Agency, who have a regulatory oversight of the site.

Plans have now been agreed with the regulator and funding partner and work scheduled in quarter 3.

5.03.01 Parking bay schemes

Directorate: Central

Section: Highways and Transport

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 70%

Status: Green

Comments:

This work programme has been fully re-established following earlier constraints surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

All programmed schemes will be delivered within 2020 to 2021.

5.03.02 Parking enforcement contract

Directorate: Delivery

Section: Contract Services

Stage: Completed

Due date: 30 September 2020

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comments:

New contract successfully implemented 1 July 2020 and operating well.

5.05.01 Horseshoe Lake play and parking improvements

Directorate: Central

Section: Natural Estate

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 5%

Status: Green

Comments:

COVID impact on the scheme delivery. Work was always planned to take place outside the peak summer season, so project continues.

5.06.01 Climate Change action plan and strategy

Directorate: Delivery

Section: Executive Director: Delivery

Stage: Completed

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comments:

The council's climate change strategy was signed off by the Executive in February and is readily available on our climate change pages.

The accompanying Action Plan links directly to the strategy and represents a collection of ongoing activities that link to efforts to help mitigate the impacts of climate change.

An officer's board has been set up to review progress of the action plan. The first such board meeting  will occur in quarter 1 of 2021 to 2022.

5.06.02 Increase the range of digital services, reducing the number of customers visiting council

Directorate: Delivery

Section: Customer Experience

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 80%

Status: Green

Comments:

The COVID pandemic has dramatically reduced the number of customers visiting council offices, and online or telephone alternatives have been identified or developed to make sure that needs are met.

The project to redesign Time Square will include a redesigned front of house function, to make sure these developments are maintained.

5.06.03 Enhanced technology enabling more agile working

Directorate: Delivery

Section: IT

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 80%

Status: Green

Comments:

The COVID pandemic has proved that the technology provided for staff and elected members enables most people to do most of their jobs remotely.

Further work is required to improve the online experience of democratic and multi-agency meetings, and to develop improved classroom facilities for online learning.

5.06.04 Children’s climate change conference

Directorate: People

Section: Education and Learning

Stage: Completed

Due date: 31 March 2022

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comments:

Plans to deliver the Climate Conference on the 19 November 2021 remain in place.

5.07.02 National cycle route

Directorate: Central

Section: Highways and Transport

Stage: Completed

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comments:

All construction works are now complete. The NCN422 route will be formally signed during 2020 to 2021.