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

    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.