To consider the report of the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance (copy enclosed).
The Committee considered the report of the Director of Planning and Regulatory Services giving details of performance against targets set for 2018 / 19 and to ensure that progress was being achieved towards the corporate goals and objectives detailed in the Corporate Plan 2015 - 19 adopted by the Council.
Councillors Mrs P A Channer and M F L Durham declared non-pecuniary interests in matters relating to this item of business as Essex County Councillors.
The Key Corporate Activities (KCAs) assessed as being “behind schedule” or “at risk of not being achieved” along with indicators which had not achieved their end of year target were set out in Appendix 1 to the report. A summary of the complaints and compliments received during 2018 / 19 were set out in the report.
A lengthy debate took place during which Members raised a number of points and information was provided by Officers in relation to the following:
· % of other planning applications acknowledged within 5 working days – The Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance advised that although short of the target, performance had been improving over the years. Within the Directorate work was ongoing to fill any staffing gaps and take operational action in respect of interim cover where required.
· In response to a question regarding the complaints received and to what they related, the Director of Strategy, Performance and Governance advised that he could provide that meeting outside of this meeting.
RESOLVED that performance against the targets set for 2018 / 19 be noted.
Following their earlier declarations Councillor R G Boyce, Mrs P A Channer and Mrs J L Fleming left the meeting at this point. Prior to leaving the meeting, Councillor Mrs Channer confirmed that she had not taken part in any discussions at Henry Guilder Drake regarding the following item of business.
IN THE CHAIR : COUNCILLOR MRS M E THOMPSON