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Corporate performance on economic resilience

2.02.01 Princess Square refurbishment

Directorate: Central

Section: Town Centre Regeneration

Stage: Completed

Due date: 2 October 2020

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Refurbishment now completed.

2.02.02 The Deck

Directorate: Central

Section: Town Centre Regeneration

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 December 2022

Percentage complete: 10%

Status: Amber

Comments: 

Funding to support the demolition phase has been offered by the Local Enterprise Partnership with works scheduled to start in January 2021.

2.03.01 Governor recruitment strategy

Directorate: People

Section: Education and Learning

Stage: Completed

Due date: 31 July 2021

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Governor Services continue to use a range of media platforms to advertise governor vacancies.

Following the advert placed in the Town & Country Winter edition during this quarter, 3 applications have been received.

10 schools are now using the facility to advertise their school governor vacancies on our website with 2 schools confirming the positive impact with all their vacancies now being filled.

7 schools out of 33 currently have no vacancies on their boards.

On 2 December we launched our governor referral scheme by email, to encourage existing governors to promote to friends, family and colleagues.

We sent this to over 444 governors.

2.04.01 Business brochure

Directorate: Central

Section: Economic Development

Stage: In progress

Due date: 30 April 2021

Percentage complete: 90%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Reviewing business brochure to replace with an e-brochure refocusing the role and relevance of the Bracknell economy.

Updated employment policies were included in the Revised Growth Strategy Local Plan consultation document. These were subject to consultation during the third quarter following approval by Executive in September.

2.04.02 Economic Skills and Development Partnership

Directorate: Central

Section: Economic Development

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 90%

Status: Green

Comments:

Successful autumn event staged virtually. Objectives and action plan under review.

2.05.01 Business Improvement District (BID)

Directorate: Central

Section: Economic Development

Stage: Completed

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comments:

The BID has been successfully implemented and they started operation in April 2020.

The council will have a present on the BID board going forward to work closely and in collaboration with them.

Levy payments have been slow as revenues service halted all recovery work due to coronavirus.

Government loan has been applied for on behalf of the BID and should be paid out shortly.

2.05.02 Implementation of changes to property assets

Directorate: Delivery

Section: Property

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 66%

Status: Green

2.06.01 Business Liaison Programme

Directorate: Central

Section: Economic Development

Stage: Completed

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 50%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Engaging with key businesses and representative organisations has re-started.

2.07.01 Downshire Way Dualling Project

Directorate: Central

Section: Highways and Transport

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 80%

Status: Green

Comments: 

The scheme is well underway and works are progressing to programme with completion due in the summer 2021.

2.07.03 Funding for infrastructure improvements

Directorate: Central

Section: Highways and Transport

Stage: Completed

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comments: 

£145,440 capital and £36,360 revenue funding secured through tranche 2 of the Active Travel Fund to provide new pedestrian and cycle facilities to help with the COVID-19 recovery and help promote more active travel. Funds will go towards new safe crossing facilities to increase accessibility to key services.
 
Three bids submitted to the Thames Valley LEP in the first round of call for schemes for future Local Growth Funding or similar initiatives announced by government.

Total of 16 schemes submitted by Berkshire Authorities with Bracknell having 2 prioritised in the top 5.

2.08.01 Infrastructure Delivery Plan and Local Plan

Directorate: Central

Section: Planning

Stage: Completed

Due date: 31 December 2020

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Local Plan and Infrastructure Delivery plan being finalised for March Executive and council.

2.08.02 Infrastructure Funding Statement

Directorate: Central

Section: Planning

Stage: Completed

Due date: 31 December 2020

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Data from all s106s in 2019 to 2020 is secured, receipts received and spend is complete.

Data from all unspent and uncommitted s106 receipts is in progress.

2.08.03 S106 agreements

Directorate: Delivery

Section: Legal

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 50%

Status: Green

Comments: 

There have been 10 S106 agreements completed this quarter which is a little under average but would be due to the impact of COVID-19.