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Cabinet considers the Council’s positive annual progress

Published: 24/09/2019

Cabinet Members will be asked to consider a report which covers performance and achievements against the measures, milestones and risks set out in the Council Plan for 2018/19 when they meet on Tuesday, 24 September.

The Council Plan 2017/23 was adopted by the Council in September 2017. Flintshire County Council has performed well during the last financial year and proves once again that it is a high performing Council.  This is another positive report with 92% of activities being assessed as on track and 89% having achieved the desired outcome.  Performance indicators show good progress with 70% meeting or near to period target. Risks are also being successfully managed with the large majority being assessed as moderate (64%), minor (14%) or insignificant (11%), with 11% a concern.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Roberts, said:

“Through the Council Plan, we prioritise areas and services that are important to our community. It is monitored throughout the year to assess whether we are going to hit our targets. Despite many years of financial challenge, Flintshire continues to be a strong performing Council.”

Some of those achievements include:

  • Continuation of building new council and affordable homes with 153 built by the end of March 2019. 
  • The 21st Century Schools programme continued with a major development of Connah’s Quay High School and a brand new junior school being built in Penyffordd to replace the current infant and junior schools.
  • Proactive work has seen almost 95% of private landlords register with Rent Smart Wales.
  • Llys Raddington opened, providing 73 extra care units in Flint, bringing the total number of units to 184, with a further 59 being built in Holywell.
  • The 32 bed expansion of Marleyfield Care Home is in the design phase, with a planned operational date of mid-2021.
  • Hwb Cylfe, the replacement for Glanrafon Day Centre for people with a learning disability, is now open.
  • The Early Help Hub is fully functioning, with commitment from all agencies. During the year, 1,246 families accessed the Hub and were provided with information and / or support.
  • Opening a new Household Recycling Centre (HRC) to serve Flint and Connah’s Quay at Rockcliffe, Oakenholt.
  • Digital Support was provided to 676 Universal Credit recipients.
  • A total of 456 Clients between Communities For Work (CFW) and Communities For Work Plus (CFW+) have been registered for the programme during 2018/19. All have been assigned a mentor. 

Resources continue to be challenging but, despite this, the Council was able to set a balanced budget for 2019/20.

Flintshire County Council’s Chief Executive, Colin Everett, said:

"Flintshire has been creative and successful in achieving its aims for another year.  Some projects are finished, some are on-going and will move into next year as Flintshire continues to reach and surpass its targets despite the continuing economic challenges.”

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