To receive the Leaders Annual Report for 2020-2021.
The Committee had before it a *report of the Chief Executive providing members with an update on performance against the Corporate Plan and local service targets for 2020/21.
The Leader addressed the committee stating that although the Council had been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic it had achieved much of what it had set out to do in line with the Corporate Plan.
Consideration was given to:
· Plans for social and affordable rented housing – 50 dwellings over 3 years, details were requested of social and rented housing plans over the next year – the Leader agreed to provide a written response.
· Town Centre Regeneration – the Tiverton Town Centre Plan had been full of aspirations but with no investment – what investment would be put into the Tiverton Town Centre Masterplan - the Leader responded stating that the authority would continue to bid for funding, again a written response would be provided.
· Whether the report should identify clear priorities for the coming year.
· Covid grant funding to businesses throughout the pandemic and whether local businesses had received the funding that they required – the Leader stated that there had been various schemes with various criteria, £36m had been distributed.
· SW Mutual Bank and whether regular updates would be provided – progress in the project had been delayed but regular updates would be provided when the scheme was progressed further.
· The delay in the town centre Wi-Fi project - an update would be provided.
· The redeployment of leisure staff during several periods of the pandemic – the versatility of the staff was commended and Members’ appreciation was recorded.
· Household waste had increased during the pandemic, had residual business waste reduced – this information was not collected, however a response would be provided.
· The increase in waste during lockdown and the fact that waste was just being put in black bags and not recycled and the need for a better education programme – it was felt that the 3 weekly waste trial would incorporate those issues and would be addressed as part of the trial.
· Climate Change and the corporate planting scheme to include replanting and maintenance and that the key performance indicators may need to be amended.
· The need for a tree planting scheme to be ready for the autumn – the Cabinet Member for the Environment stated that a plan was being worked up and highlighted the area near Morrisons in Tiverton where a piece of land had been identified.
· The need to advertise electric charging points for vehicles – on street charging facilities for domestic use was being looked into - an update would be provided.
· Whether electric charging points could be used for local buses – information would be sought with regard to this.
· Information was requested on the Tiverton Hydro Scheme,
· Targets for new social rented council houses – targets would be provided in the 2021/22 to 2023/24 performance indicators going to Cabinet
· The number of voids had been removed from the corporate performance targets but were being monitored by the Housing Service.
Note: *Report previously circulated, copy attached to minutes.