Performance report is a mixed bag for council

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A report into South Ayrshire Council’s performance over the last year shows that it is performing well in some areas but poorly in others.

The report which gives a summary of the council’s performance for 2013/14 will go in front of the full council today (Wednesday) with councillors having a lot to digest.

The in-depth report covers a whole host of key council areas including housing, education, leisure, employment and property.

Councillors will hear that that currently only 55% of school buildings in South Ayrshire were found to be in a satisfactory condition, whilst 17% of school accommodation is unsuitable for its current use, a figure that has not improved since 2011/12.

And in worrying trends for the council’s facilities, fewer numbers are visiting their libraries and museums with fewer numbers also recorded for those playing rounds of golf and visiting the council’s swimming pools and indoor sports facilities.

The report shows that the number of people visiting libraries has fallen from 752,304 in 2011/12 to 683,643 in 2013/14 whilst the number visiting museums has fallen from 59,119 to 47,000 over the same period.

The numbers visiting swimming pools and indoor sport facilities also fell from 723,836 in 2012/13 to 649,258 last year whilst the number of rounds played on council golf courses fell from 200,840 in 2012/13 to 190,222 this year.

The council is failing to meet Government targets on recycling with only 44.3% of household waste being recycled in 2013/14, down from 47.5% the year before.

However, the report also highlights areas in which the council performed well and improved.

In 2013/14 the council completed 200 new homes within South Ayrshire, a rise of 64 on the previous year and it also delivered 91% of the Housing Capital programme which was agreed for 2013/14, with 48 more affordable homes being built than in 2012/13 and 34 homes built specifically for disabled or older people.

Council funded employment programmes have helped 162 people into work whilst the council’s Ambition programme supported a further 184 jobs.

Furthermore, 1,720 jobs were created and safeguarded by council economic activities during 2013/14, a rise of nearly 700 from 2012/13.

Fewer numbers of anti-social behaviour complaints were dealt with by the housing team with 363 complaints in 2013/14 compared to 572 in 2012/13 in a further success.