Thurrock Council failing to meet more than a quarter of its targets

By Local Democracy Reporter
Steve Shaw

A NEW council report has revealed that Thurrock Council failed to meet more than a quarter of its yearly targets, with planning, housing and school performance among their failures.

At the end of each financial year the council publishes details of how it has performed in delivering public services against an annual target.

During 2018-19, the annual performance report has revealed that the council was able to achieve just 68 per cent of those targets.

This included permitting just 409 homes through planning against a target of 950. Comments in the report blame this on “uncertainty” caused by the Lower Thames Crossing and the impact this has had on the council’s ability to create a Local Plan.

“The Council is proactively engaging with Highways England and Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to address this,” it adds.

The percentage of primary schools judged ‘good’ or better by Ofsted was also at 90 per cent against a goal of 94 per cent.

The reason for this failure is said to be a change in how inspections are carried out which has left many schools yet to be inspected.

On the more positive side, the council did repair almost all potholes within their agreed timeframe and recruited a significant number of apprentices.

The council was asked why it failed to achieve its goals by such a large margin and if any plans have been put in place to make improvements going forward but they did not respond.

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