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Budget 2016/17 - 2018/19


Economy, Neighbourhood and Environment

Housing and Facilities | Enterprise, Development and Leisure | Communities | Neighbourhood Services | Ayrshire Roads Alliance

Housing and Facilities

Housing and Facilities is responsible for managing the Council’s housing stock, sheltered housing and supported accommodation, and ensures quality homes and accommodation are available, working closely with tenants to ensure they are supported throughout their tenancies. The service is also responsible for Property Maintenance, providing a responsive repairs service as well as servicing and improvement works to around 8,100 Council houses and 140 public buildings. The service provides the Council’s catering, cleaning, janitorial and school crossing patrol services through Facilities Management.

Management Action | Further Development Required | Community Views Required

2016/17 Amount2017/18 Amount2018/19 Amount
MANAGEMENT ACTION
Reduce P1-P3 school meals budget to reflect current uptake £50,000
Reduce funding to the Housing Revenue Account for provision of sheltered housing wardens - no reduction in level of service £60,000
2016/17 Amount2017/18 Amount2018/19 Amount
FURTHER DEVELOPMENT REQUIRED
Review staff structure in Housing and Property Maintenance to reflect impact of introduction of electronic work scheduling £100,000
Review bookings process for halls and pitches to provide one point of contact £15,000
2016/17 Amount2017/18 Amount2018/19 Amount
COMMUNITY VIEWS REQUIRED
Review the Anti-Social Behaviour Team £20,000
Reduce Scheme of Assistance budget for improvement works in mixed tenure blocks (where both Council tenants and private owner-occupiers live), by making less grants available to private owners £30,000

Enterprise, Development and Leisure

Enterprise, Development and Leisure is responsible for the Council’s sport, leisure and golf facilities as well as libraries and museums, providing residents and visitors with a variety of ways to get active and healthy as well as enjoy quality leisure time. It provides the lead for economic development activities, providing business and entrepreneurial support – including the Ambition enterprise and employment programme – and supports tourism sector development, making South Ayrshire a ‘go to’ destination in conjunction with the Ayrshire & Arran Tourism Team. The service works to bring investment into South Ayrshire and supports businesses in South Ayrshire’s five main towns. It’s also responsible for managing the development and use of land through the statutory planning system, encouraging sustainable economic development and ensuring development takes place in the right way at the right locations.

Management Action | Community Views Required

2016/17 Amount2017/18 Amount2018/19 Amount
MANAGEMENT ACTION
Increase planning fee income target to reflect increase in applications £100,000
2016/17 Amount2017/18 Amount2018/19 Amount
COMMUNITY VIEWS REQUIRED
Increase swimming lesson fee (£3.60 to £5.33 per lesson) to reflect a modernised and enhanced programme with reduced class sizes, lower waiting lists, and extra classes, which supports progression through different swimming levels, includes badges and certificates and unlimited free swimming throughout the programme for those taking swimming lessons. Would also include a direct debit payment option £30,000
Introduce charges of between £10-£50 for pre-application planning advice to reflect level of support required such as letter, meeting or site visit £20,000

Communities

The Communities service works with community councils, voluntary and community groups to help them get things done in their local area and supports them to be effective. It also works to address community safety and antisocial behaviour issues in local areas, focusing on prevention and early intervention. The service also links with other Council services to ensure an effective and consistent approach to how the Council consults and engages with local people. It also provides the lead for community planning – the process by which the Council and its partner organisations, including community, voluntary, private and other public sector organisations (like the police, fire and NHS), work together to plan and deliver services that make a difference for local people.

The service provides community-based learning opportunities for adults and young people that improve life chances and build stronger, more resilient communities. It also administers the Council’s Financial Support for Voluntary Organisations grants scheme, which provides funding support to the voluntary sector in South Ayrshire and oversees the Ayrshire LEADER Programme, which provides funding support to address the key priorities of rural Ayrshire.

Neighbourhood Services

Neighbourhood Services provides a waste management service across South Ayrshire, providing collection, disposal and recycling services for both household and commercial waste. It also leads on education and enforcement in relation to litter.

The service works to ensure the Council’s open spaces – including parks, gardens and estates – are attractive, clean and well-kept for the enjoyment of both visitors and residents alike. And it’s responsible for the Council’s burial and cremation service, managing the award-winning Masonhill Crematorium and maintaining all 47 cemeteries and churchyards across South Ayrshire.

It acts on behalf of consumers and businesses – through Trading Standards – providing advice and support to those buying, selling, or renting/hiring goods and services and helping them obtain redress where consumer rights have been breached.

It’s also responsible for all environmental health issues, including food safety and standards, occupational health and safety, and public health, including air quality, dog fouling, and pollution control.

Through Building Standards, the service is responsible for the independent checking of building warrants to construct, extend, demolish or convert buildings, and for the acceptance of completion certificates. It deals with dangerous buildings; street naming and numbering; and safety certificates for sports grounds.

Neighbourhood Services also ensures all Council-owned vehicles remain road-worthy and adhere to statutory requirements, and leads on delivering the Council’s commitment to sustainable development and climate change, including reducing energy and cost savings.

Management Action | Further Development Required | Community Views Required

2016/17 Amount2017/18 Amount2018/19 Amount
MANAGEMENT ACTION
Increase building warrant fees income target£50,000
2016/17 Amount2017/18 Amount2018/19 Amount
FURTHER DEVELOPMENT REQUIRED
Review Neighbourhood Services structure £25,000
Review how often we empty different household waste bins to reduce costs and the amount of waste that goes to landfill£80,000
Reduce numbers of mechanical street sweepers required by using vehicles on a ‘double shift’ basis, meaning they are worked more hours per day £25,000
Reduce number of vehicles required to collect commercial waste by using vehicles on a ‘double shift’ basis, meaning they are worked more hours per day£50,000
2016/17 Amount2017/18 Amount2018/19 Amount
COMMUNITY VIEWS REQUIRED
Increase bereavement charges for burial and cremation : Burial (including purchase of lair) £1,226 (current), £1,348 (proposed 2016/17), £1,388 (proposed 2017/18) : Cremation £635 (current), £743 (proposed 2016/17), £773 (proposed 2017/18) £25,000£57,000

Ayrshire Roads Alliance

The Ayrshire Roads Alliance – the first of its kind in Scotland – is Scotland’s most innovative public sector partnership, delivering shared Council roads and transportation services to communities across East and South Ayrshire.

The Alliance is governed by a joint committee of elected members from East and South Ayrshire Councils, with the service led by East Ayrshire Council. It delivers roads services including roads maintenance, winter maintenance, design and infrastructure, traffic and transportation and road safety.

The Ayrshire Roads Alliance is responsible for:

  • maintenance of public roads, bridges, footways and footpaths
  • street lighting
  • traffic calming and road safety
  • roads design and structural design
  • parking enforcement and mobility
  • bus infrastructure and interchange facilities
  • winter maintenance

Management Action | Further Development Required

2016/17 Amount2017/18 Amount2018/19 Amount
MANAGEMENT ACTION
Reduce street-lighting costs by using interest-free loan to fit LED lamps, which means reduction in maintenance and energy cost (Ayrshire Roads Alliance)£12,000
2016/17 Amount2017/18 Amount2018/19 Amount
FURTHER DEVELOPMENT REQUIRED
Reduce street-lighting costs by using Council’s Repairs and Renewals Fund, which means reduction in maintenance and energy cost (Ayrshire Roads Alliance) £185,000

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