Below are the budget proposals for Development Services that have been approved.

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Design

Reduction in overtime - grounds maintenance

Estimated savings

2021/22
£000's
Full-time equivalent
13 0.25

Commentary

Change to particulars of employment/terms and conditions, specifically in relation to the working week, creating more flexibility in the workforce.

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

Initial EPIA complete - no impact.


Economic Development

Commercial property and asset management - repairs to commercial properties

Estimated savings

2021/22
£000's
Full-time equivalent
20

Commentary

Reduction in maintenance spend due to property rationalisation.

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

Initial EPIA complete - no impact.

Commercial property and asset management fee generation

Estimated savings

2021/22
£000's
Full-time equivalent
7

Commentary

Increased fee charges for service delivery in asset management.

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

Initial EPIA complete - no impact.

Commercial property and asset management team staff savings

Estimated savings

2021/22
£000's
Full-time equivalent
36 1

Commentary

Removal of vacant posts in the Asset Management Unit of Economic Development Service.

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

Initial EPIA complete - no impact.

Income generation from Grounds Maintenance operations

Estimated savings

2021/22
£000's
Full-time equivalent
120 3.5

Commentary

Maintenance of areas of open space within private housing developments are not paying for themselves in terms of the grounds maintenance work undertaken. Original commuted sums have been exhausted in the majority of cases and the cost of maintenance is no longer covered by income. The aim is that via community engagement, maintenance responsibilities can be shared with empowered communities. Staff reduction would only be required if the income was not forthcoming and voluntary means would be pursued.

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

Initial EPIA complete - no impact.

Reform of the planning and building standards service

Estimated savings

2021/22
£000's
Full-time equivalent
60 1

Commentary

Implement reform measures in the Development Management and Buildings Standards service, including an increase in fee income, vacancy removal, and operational efficiencies through implementing service review actions and streamlined decision making linked to Council of the Future.

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

Initial EPIA complete - no impact on people

Review of commercial property and asset management - Supplies & Services

Estimated savings

2021/22
£000's
Full-time equivalent
5

Commentary

Savings in Supplies & Services including on advertising/promotion and printing & publications by increased use in electronic marketing and internet databases.

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

Initial EPIA complete - no impact.


Operational Services

Charge for replacement wheeled waste recycling bins or containers

Estimated savings

2021/22
£000's
Full-time equivalent
100

Commentary

Charge for all replacement wheeled waste bins at full cost recovery (£23.40), excluding food waste caddies, black boxes and wheeled bins damaged or lost by Waste Collection.

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

Full EPIA complete - low impact.

Smart working smart travel project

Estimated savings

2021/22
£000's
Full-time equivalent
100

Commentary

This is a Council of the Future project linked to the modern and digital workstream. This links to the recently introduced travel hierarchy. It involves the introduction of pool cars to enable staff to use these vehicles for attending meetings or carrying out Council business instead of the Council paying mileage allowance.

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

Full EPIA complete - assessed low impact.


Street Scene

Reduction in overtime working - roads maintenance

Estimated savings

2021/22
£000's
Full-time equivalent
50 1

Commentary

Change to particulars of employment/terms and conditions, specifically in relation to the working week creating more flexibility in the workforce.

Impact on Service (Including Provisional EPIA Assessment)

Initial EPIA complete - no impact.