New homes, successfully tackling anti-social behaviour and the planting of 851 trees last winter and in the coming winter to commemorate those that died from the Borough in World War 1 are some of the Borough Council's achievements for the past year.
They are all explained in the Council's Annual Report for 2018/19 which has been published.
It shows the Council focuses its work on four corporate priorities; Housing, Economic development, Clean and safe environment and Financial sustainability.
Some highlights from 2018/19 included:
- the supported families team rated as outstanding https://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/article/17032/Help-for-families
- allocation of full discretionary housing payment grant https://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/article/2737/Discretionary-Housing-Payments-
- Housing benefits team achieved all targets
- three affordable housing units at The Churchill Hall site which was redeveloped
- The Bugle Returns House site was redeveloped into 8 affordable units
- a 46% floor space reduction was made at the Knowle Green Council offices to free up space for 25 new affordable housing units
- 246 people were provided with meals on wheels https://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/MOW
- 1201 people were assisted by the SPAN alarm system keeping residents independent in their own homes https://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/span
- Better Neighbourhood Grant scheme supported over 40 different community projects
- £209,6300 made available to aid charities and voluntary organisations operating in the Borough
- Spelthorne Means Business Awards putting the spotlight on local businesses https://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/article/18608/Spelthorne-Means-Business-Awards
- Skills and Careers Fair at Kempton Park racecourse https://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/skillsfair
- boosting trade at four shopping areas with better paving and parking
- an introduction of CCTV at fly-tipping hotspots
- planting of 100 trees in Laleham Park and a further 751 trees throughout the borough to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War
- seizure of six tipper trucks involved in fly-tipping
- 101 fixed penalty notices issued for litter
- Green Flag Awards for Sunbury Walled Garden and Staines Cemetery
- new play area equipment in Cedars park and a new refreshment kiosk in Lammas Park
- recycling rate of 48%
- a net income of £9.1m from the Council's investment portfolio
- 98.4% collection rates for Council Tax
- 99.7% collection rate achieved for business rates - our best ever figure
Discussing the Council's achievements, Cllr Ian Harvey, Leader of the Council, said:" The annual report highlights the excellent progress we have made in in relation to our four key priority areas of striving to meet the housing needs of our residents; maintaining and improving our vibrant local economy; providing a clean and safe environment; and securing the financial stability of the Council. During 2018/19, we continued to invest in commercial properties to enable us to maintain and enhance services for residents. This strategy has put the Council on a firm financial footing and we are now moving our attention to providing much-needed homes for our residents. Over the next five years we plan to build over 600 homes, many of which will be affordable, for key workers and for people on our housing register."
Read a full copy of the annual report here https://www.spelthorne.gov.uk/article/16735/Annual-Report-2018-19