Annual performance report shows a number of highlights

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Published: Tuesday, 15th September 2020

Improved waste and recycling rates, further delivery of Inspire Learning programme and the completion of Jedburgh Grammar Campus are just some of the highlights in our full year performance report.

The report was discussed by the Executive Committee today (Tuesday 15 September).

Waste and recycling

Household recycling improved in 2019 to 47.61% from 38.80% in 2018. Recycling at community recycling centres increased to 63.56% from 57.95%, and household waste sent to landfill reduced to 28.67% in 2019 from 60.84% in 2018. These figures are subject to validation from SEPA.

This follows the introduction of a residual waste contract which means rubbish is transferred to a waste treatment facility, where it is treated and turned into a fuel rather than being sent to landfill.

Inspire Learning

The Inspire Learning programme ensured every secondary school teacher and student received an iPad and suite of digital learning tools. This has since been rolled out further to P6 and P7 pupils, with P4 and P5 pupils also about to benefit.

Key projects

As well as the completion of Jedburgh Grammar Campus, which is now being used by early years, primary and secondary pupils in the area, other key projects were progressed. These include the Great Tapestry of Scotland Visitor Centre in Galashiels and preparation work for the Hawick Flood Protection scheme.

The report also notes that we continued to engage around the Borderlands Inclusive Growth Deal and is continuing to take forward the Borders Innovation Park project as part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

Team South of Scotland Leadership Group

We have also taken a lead role in the establishment of the COVID-19 Team South of Scotland Leadership Group together with South of Scotland Enterprise Agency (SOSE) and Dumfries and Galloway Council. The aim of the Group is to secure and stabilise the economy of the South of Scotland in the context of the pandemic and its consequences, in order to provide a foundation for the future work of the South of Scotland Regional Economic Partnership.

Modern apprentices

The biggest yearly intake of modern apprentices to date saw 39 young people employed under the scheme in 2019-20, up from 33 the previous year.

Affordable homes

The number of additional homes provided in 2019-20 that were affordable to people in the Borders was 141, lower than 191 in 2018-19, but above the target of 128.

Community Action Team

The report also monitors the performance of the Community Action Team (CAT). During 2019-20 the CAT has:

  • carried out 585 hours of high visibility foot patrols and 1,046 hours of mobile patrols
  • carried out 117 static road checks
  • issued 47 Road Traffic Fixed Penalties
  • issued 742 parking tickets
  • carried out 185 person drug searches (37.3% positive) and 55 premises drug searches (83.6% positive)

Read the report

Full report is available online.

The annual performance report was due to be presented in June but was delayed this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Councillor Scott Hamilton, Executive Member for Transformation and Service Improvement

"Our annual performance report is always an important tool to evaluate where we are and what we've been able to do over the past year.

"I'm really pleased to see improved waste and recycling figures. This follows on from the introduction of our residual waste approach which has been instrumental in reducing the amount of rubbish being sent to landfill.

"Inspire Learning continues to lead the way in digital learning. By ensuring all secondary school pupils and teachers were kitted with iPads and other digital tools, we were ahead of the curve in terms of home learning when we had to close schools due to COVID-19. There are further developments taking place including the roll out to more primary school pupils and some really innovative learning programmes such as coding for all S1-S2 students.

"We've also seen the completion of Jedburgh Grammar Campus which caters for all ages of the community in one location as well as providing some great facilities for the community.

"We continue to use reports like this one not only to monitor our successes but also see where we can improve."