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Corporate performance on communities

6.01.01 Health check and action plan for retail centres

Directorate: Central

Section: Town Centre Regeneration

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 75%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Retail study project suspended due to coronavirus outbreak. Assimilated with Local Plan retail survey.

6.02.01 Support for Community Associations

Directorate: Central

Section: Transformation and Engagement

Stage: Completed

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Continued to give support to all the community associations regarding COVID-19 and advice regarding the second lockdown, re-opening and then moving from tier 3 into tier 4.

Work was started on 3 lease renewals and discussions started with 5 CCs regarding potential S106 projects.

6.02.02 Cultural offer available through libraries

Directorate: Delivery

Section: Customer Experience

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 25%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Our libraries are welcoming places where adults and children can immerse themselves in every form of art, from rhyme times to learning from poets and local artists, creating their own pictures, watching theatre, music and dance performances, discussing films and learning about arts and culture through books and reading.

Our library service is enabling the local community to access and participate in a variety of quality and diverse cultural experiences, whilst working with external partners such as the Arts Council and South Hill Park.

6.02.03 Develop the offer in Libraries to support the Adults and Children’s agendas

Directorate: Delivery

Section: Customer Experience

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 25%

Status: Green

Comments: 

The Library Service plays an important role in helping to combat social isolation by organising a large range of activities that enable members of the public to socialise, meet new people and make friends, including lunches for the over 60s, knitting groups, carers' coffee mornings and reminiscence sessions.

The Home Library Service provides support to the elderly and vulnerable by delivering books and audio-visual materials to their homes, in addition to offering friendship and checking on the clients' welfare. In association with the NHS, chess clubs are run to help with mental dexterity.
 
In addition, the Library Service provides a 'books on prescription' service. That is, recommended self-help books covering a wide range of mental health issues and physical conditions, with members of the public being referred by GPs.
 
The Library Service has also played host to a number of adoption and fostering events for anyone considering this, in association with the Adoption and Fostering Team.

The Service also plays a vital role in supporting literacy skills with the annual Summer Reading Challenge and new Winter Reading Challenge for children aged up to 11.

6.03.01 Community Safety Plan

Directorate: People

Section: Early Help and Communities

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 25%

Status: Green

Comments: 

The quarter 3 Community Safety Plan performance is currently being collected ahead of the next CSP Steering Group meeting which will be held on 26 January 2021.

The steering group will consider progress being made against the plan's priorities and escalate further action where required.

6.04.01 South Hill Park Service Level Agreement

Directorate: Delivery

Section: Customer Experience

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 75%

Status: Amber

Comments: 

South Hill Park has experienced extreme difficulties due to the COVID pandemic. As a result it has not been possible to finalise a detailed SLA with the Trust. However, we will aim to put a grant agreement in place, before the beginning of the next financial year.

6.05.01 Bracknell Forest Lottery

Directorate: Central

Section: Finance

Stage: Completed

Due date: 30 June 2020

Percentage complete: 100%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Complete

6.06.01 Housing caseworkers at MASH and Family Hubs

Directorate: People

Section: Early Help and Communities

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 80%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Tenterdon Lodge site - installation of a 1 bedroom DDA unit. Works are programmed to start during January and the site handed over to provide additional accommodation.

6.07.02 Homelessness strategy

Directorate: People

Section: Early Help and Communities

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 35%

Status: Amber

Comments: 

Underpinning analysis and consultation with key stakeholders by independently facilitated focus groups has been undertaken to inform a new strategy.

Our COVID response and increased demand on the Housing Service has resulted in some delay in progressing the strategy.

A Rough Sleeper Delivery Plan has been produced.

6.08.01 Affordable housing planning policy

Directorate: Central

Section: Planning

Stage: Not started

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 0%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Updated affordable housing policy will be part of new local plan to be adopted in 2021 to 2022.

Current affordable housing policy is being implemented through the development management process.

6.08.02 Research phase for Housing Strategy

Directorate: People

Section: Early Help and Communities

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 60%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Housing needs and affordability study commissioned and produced to support the local plan and strategic housing planning.

6.09.01 Housing allocations policy

Directorate: People

Section: Early Help and Communities

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 70%

Status: Green

Comments: 

Officers will bring forward an options paper to elected members setting out legislative requirements, areas of policy discretion, and the options open to the council in determining prioritisation in the allocation of social housing.

The final policy will be subject to the council's decision making processes and to public consultation.

6.09.02 Implement new allocations policy for all live cases

Directorate: People

Section: Early Help and Communities

Stage: Not started

Due date: 31 March 2022

Percentage complete: 0%

Status: Green

6.10.01 Equality Scheme

Directorate: Central

Section: Transformation and Engagement

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 50%

Status: Green

Comments:

Work has progressed in developing a new Equalities Scheme for 2021to 2026.

Staff consultation workshops have been undertaken and the structure for a similar consultation workshop for partner organisations and a public consultation are being developed.

6.10.02 Cultural Festival

Directorate: Central

Section: Transformation and Engagement

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 50%

Status: Green

Comments:

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, plans to host a cultural event in 2020 have been postponed

6.10.03 Reuse of council owned property for under-represented groups

Directorate: Delivery

Section: Property

Stage: In progress

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 80%

Status: Green

Comments:

Currently ongoing.

6.10.04 Community groups supporting the half marathon

Directorate: Delivery

Section: Contract Services

Stage: Parked

Due date: 31 March 2021

Percentage complete: 25%

Status: Green

Comments:

Whilst progress on this initiative was going well the half marathon has been cancelled for 2020. This will be picked up again in 2021.