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Corporate performance on a strong and resilient economy

2.1.01 Business liaison programme

Stage: Completed

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comments: 

In the period October to December 3 meetings with individual businesses took place alongside group meetings via the BID group.

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 or are content with less frequent contact 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 (such as the Growth Hub) 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: 80%

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.

Working closely with the new Growth hub liaison who presented at one of the last business events on their support offer for SME's.

We helped promote their services across our comms channels and referred a number of businesses to them in the past months.

A new Chamber president for Bracknell has been confirmed and the ESDP and council are working with him to establish a closer relationship moving forward.

2.1.03 Business Improvement District

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 90%

Status: Green

Comments: 

The ballot process ended on 31 of October and a positive result (Yes vote) has been confirmed on the 1 November. The BID group is now in the process of establishing a shadow board (to become a formal board once the BID officially starts in April 2020) and working through a job description for the BID manager.

Two events (one for council officers and one for councillors) have been scheduled for early 2020 to introduce the shadow board and inform the council about next steps.

2.1.05 Economic planning policies

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 75%

Status: Green

Comments: 

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.

2.1.06 Infrastructure growth

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comments: 

CIL income for the quarter was £4,538,502 which represents 140% of the target of £3.24million.

This means that over the first 3 quarters the council has collected over £7 million (218% of the annual target).

£3,079,292 was received in Section 106 contributions during the quarter and funding to the value of £1,816,195 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 daytime patronage has increased moderately since the Lexicon opened.

Operators have introduced changes to their commercially funded services in response to demand and continue to monitor.

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 were increased in December 2019.

2.2.06 Planning applications

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 75%

Status: Green

Comments: 

The 90% performance targets were exceeded for all minor (98%) and other (96%) classes of planning application during the quarter. Major applications performance exceeded the 85% target at 89%.

2.3.01 Town centre management strategy

Stage: Completed

Due date: 30 September 2019

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Town centre management now part of business as usual.

2.3.02 Planning policies enabling regeneration

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 75%

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 which was consulted on during this quarter following approval by the Executive in September.

2.3.03 Town centre maintenance

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

Percentage complete: 0%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Town Centre cleanliness continued to be at a high standard during quarter 3. Use of the Tensid cleaning machine was reduced during the peak Christmas shopping times and while the Christmas Market was open. This led to some staining on the paved areas.

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 complete and engineers are now collating and analysing public feedback (and technical data) alongside the start of a second phase of work to address the proportionately small number of residents' concerns regarding operational issues.

2.5.02 Infrastructure delivery plan

Stage: In progress

Due date: 30 September 2019

Percentage complete: 75%

Status: Green

Comments: 

An updated version of the Infrastructure Delivery Plan has been prepared to accompany the Revised Growth Strategy Local Plan which was consulted on during this quarter following approval by the Executive in September.

2.5.03 Infrastructure funding

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2026

Percentage complete: 78%

Status: Green

Comments: 

CIL income for the quarter was £4,538,502 which represents 140% of the target of £3.24 million.

This means that over the first three quarters the council has collected over £7 million (218% of the annual target).

£3,079,292 was received in Section 106 contributions during the quarter and funding to the value of £1,816,195 was secured through S106 agreements completed during the quarter.

2.5.04 Strategic transport improvements

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2020

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 also been secured for the A322/A329 corridor via the TVBLEP.