Council reflects on its achievements and priorities

Denbighshire continues to be one of the top performing councils in Wales, providing a high standard of service to the county’s residents.

Councillors meeting in County Hall, Ruthin today (Tuesday) reviewed the performance of the authority in 2016/17. Some of the highlights in the review report showed:

  • Denbighshire had one of the lowest waiting times for delivering disabled facilities grants
  • One of the highest rates for turning private sector dwellings to occupied through direct action by the Council.
  • 100% of final statements of special education need issued within 26 weeks.
  • One of the lowest sickness absence rates

Councillors also discussed the success of the corporate plan which outlined the investment in the Council’s priorities during 2012-2017

Here are some of the headlines:

  • £96.8 million for schools through the 21st Century Schools programme, including the new building for Rhyl High School; extension and refurbishment of Ysgol Glan Clwyd (St Asaph) and Bodnant Community School (Prestatyn); refurbishment of Ysgol y Llys (Prestatyn), Ysgol Twm o’r Nant (Denbigh) and Ysgol Bro Dyfrdwy (Cynwyd).
  • £18.4 million to improve the county’s roads. The percentage of roads which are in overall poor condition improved by 4.2% in the last 5 years from 11.2% (2011-12) to 7.0% (2016-17).
  • £21.5 million for social care, including extra care schemes in Denbigh, Ruthin and Corwen
  • £16.1 million for flood and coastal defences, including completed works in Rhyl and Corwen.
  • £26.8 for economic development and regeneration, including development of Rhyl Harbour; renovation of the Bee & Station, Rhyl into business units and investment in the West Rhyl Housing Improvement Project
  • £6.7 million for libraries and leisure, including the redevelopment of the Nova, Prestatyn and redevelopment of Ruthin Leisure Centre
  • £6.9 million on housing, including housing improvement in renewal areas and housing improvement grans
  • £2.4 million on improvement in Information, Communication and Technology.

Other successes show that there are more businesses starting up every year in Denbighshire, from 280 a year in 2012 to 350 in 2015. The county has the best one year survival rates and the highest percentage increases in business financial turnover of anywhere in Wales. This has improved the position of Denbighshire-based businesses from ‘good’ to ‘excellent’ (£2.507 million, compared with £2.340 million last year).

Denbighshire continued to provide more Telecare equipment to service users, year on year, seeing an increase from 395 in 2012 to 1,704 in 2016-2017. This means more people are using technology to contact the council in the event of an emergency and it enables people to live safely in their own homes.

Councillor Julian Thompson-Hill, Cabinet Lead Member for Finance, Corporate Plan and Performance, said: “The annual review is a great opportunity to reflect on some of the many achievements during the past twelve months and the progress with delivering our previous priorities.

“We have invested significant amounts of money in our priority areas and are pleased with the progress that has been made.  This investment has taken place at a time when there has been real constraints on the public purse, but we firmly believed in the need to continue investing in facilities and services for Denbighshire residents.

 

We have also done a lot of work internally to be more efficient. Under the 2012-17 Council great strides have been made to establish streamlined and reliable physical and digital ways to conduct our business. This has reduced our overheads, enhanced our efficiencies, and enabled us to improve working terms and conditions for our staff”.

Posted on Tuesday 17th October 2017