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Corporate performance on a strong and resilient economy

2.1.01 Business liaison programme

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 0%

Status: Green

Comments: 

In the period July to September 6 meetings took place. The programme is now looking more towards SME's and high growth start ups. Of the larger corporates a number of contacts have moved on making it more difficult to set up meetings with them at the current time. No major issues reported in the meetings with businesses, mainly parking and networking as well as potential expansion or relocation plans. The SME's were all keen to be signposted to relevant services and initiatives which has resulted in some new leads for our partner organisations.

2.1.02 SME Strategy

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 50%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Working closely with the LEP as well as the Growth Hub. In addition relationships with other organisations supporting SME's locally are maintained, including agents and the chamber.

Attending the BLIS task and finish group and supporting where possible.

Working closely with the new Growth hub liaison who presented at one of the last business events on their support offer for SME's. Helped promote their services across our communications channels.

2.1.03 Business Improvement District

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 75%

Status: Green

Comments: 

The BID group has completed their business plan and prospectus for the BID in readiness for the ballot process starting beginning of October. The ballot process will end on 31 of October with the result to be announced 1 November.

A launch event of the business plan took place in September.

2.1.05 Economic planning policies

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 50%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Updated employment policies included in the Revised Growth Strategy Local Plan consultation document approved by Executive in September.

2.1.06 Infrastructure growth

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 78%

Status: Green

Comments: 

CIL income for the quarter was £1,315,735 which represents 40% of the target of £3.24 million.

This means that over the first 2 quarters the council has collected over 75% of the annual target.

£3,817,085 was received in Section 106 contributions during the quarter and funding to the value of £1,191,075 was secured through S106 agreements completed during the quarter.

2.2.05 Public transport

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 75%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Bus operators continue to report that patronage has increased moderately since the Lexicon opened. Alongside the extension of council supported bus services to cover evenings and Sundays, bus operators have also introduced changes to their commercially funded services in response to demand.

Reading Buses have recently acquired Courtney Buses and this may now bring further opportunities for positive changes to services.

The improved footway and cycleway links to the town centre are all in place and formalisation of the NCN422 cycle route will follow in 2020. Cycle parking within the town centre has been increased by over 100%. Bracknell peak hour rail services have increased in May 2019.

2.2.06 Planning applications

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 50%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Other applications exceeded the performance targets which this year have been raised to 90%.

Other applications fell just below the performance target at 87%.

Majors performance exceeded the 85% target at 93%.

Majors performance fell just below the 85% target at 84.21%, though performance on Majors was high in the final month of the quarter with 100% achieved.

2.3.01 Town centre management strategy

Stage: In progress

Due date: 30 September 2019

Percentage complete: 75%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Town Centre Management continues with regular meetings on operational and strategic matters with the Lexicon team. The successful appointment of a new marketing and events officer to drive forward cultural and community events within the centre has been completed.

2.3.02 Planning policies enabling regeneration

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 50%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Policies and allocations for the new Local Plan have been developed to support and promote the further regeneration of the town centre and sites on the periphery of the town centre. These were included in the Revised Growth Strategy consultation document approved by the Executive in September for consultation in the autumn.

2.3.03 Town centre maintenance

Stage: In progress

Due date: 30 September 2019

Percentage complete: 0%

Status: Green

Comments: 

The town centre paving is looking a lot cleaner now the Tensid has been in use for 4 months. Discussions have begun around the winter schedule for the use of the machine.

2.5.01 Street lighting replacement

Stage: In progress

Due date: 1 June 2019

Percentage complete: 95%

Status: Green

Comments: 

The LED lighting project has seen the instalment of 13,000 new lanterns and 1,000 new columns, serving nearly 50,000 homes. The final stages of installation are virtually complete (July 2019) and engineers are collating and analysing public feedback (and technical data) prior to commencing a second phase of work to address the small number of residents' concerns about operational issues.

2.5.02 Infrastructure delivery plan

Stage: In progress

Due date: 30 September 2019

Percentage complete: 50%

Status: Green

Comments: 

An updated version of the Infrastructure Delivery Plan has been prepared to accompany the Revised Growth Strategy Local Plan consultation document approved by the Executive in September. This takes account of changes in housing numbers resulting from the application of the government's formula and the most recent affordability factor.

2.5.03 Infrastructure funding

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2026

Percentage complete: 78%

Status: Green

Comments: 

40% of the CIL target for the year was achieved within the second quarter and over £3 million in S106 contributions collected. Over £1 million secured in completed S106s during the quarter and CIL Demand notices issued for over £5.1 million.

2.5.04 Strategic transport improvements

Stage: In progress

Due date: Not set

Percentage complete: 50%

Status: Green

Comments: 

The A322 Downshire Way improvement scheme is progressing well. This project is 70% DfT funded.

The A3095 corridor improvement scheme will start in February or March 2020 and is funded almost entirely from external contributions (Thames Valley Berkshire LEP and S106 developer contributions).

Further funding has been provisionally secured for the A322/A329 corridor via the TVBLEP.