Opening the borough's first public swimming pool, new social homes being built, expanding the Meals at Home and Careline services are among Runnymede Borough Council's achievements for the past year.
They are all explained in the Council's Annual Report which has just been published. It shows the Council focuses its work on four core themes to benefit the borough:
- Supporting local people,
- Enhancing our environment,
- Improving our economy, and
- Organisational development.
The report also sets out Runnymede Borough Council's finances and explains some of the key programmes of work in the year ahead. Click the links to see how you can sign up for services.
Results in the Annual Report:
- Delivering 39,000 dinners through the Council's Meals at Home service.
- Dealing with 39,500 calls to the Careline service.
- Providing more than 54,700 trips through our Community Transport service.
- Providing a bus service to Longcross garden village and the Addlestone Connect service, in partnership with Surrey County Council.
- Delivering Junior Citizen training to 932 school pupils.
- Running Living Well Week in September 2018 in which more than 600 people took part in 77 activities. A similar event is planned for this September.
- Organising the borough's first I Am Able sports festival for people with disabilities, the Sportsability festival and Runnymede's representation in the Surrey Youth Games.
- Securing more than 160 new affordable homes in approved future private developments.
- Re-possessing four properties as a result of serious criminal activity or anti-social behaviour.
Discussing the Council's acheivements on behalf of residents, Cllr Nick Prescot, Leader of the Council, said: "The new Egham Orbit centre was completed and opened in February 2019. The project was completed on time and on budget.
"Significant progress has also been made on the Local Plan which promises to bring 450 new homes each year until 2030.We also continue to add further to our own housing stock, working in partnership with other social landlords and the private sector.
"For our elderly and vulnerable citizens we have improved...and extended our Meals at Home and Careline services."
Statistics show how we are supporting residents
Other achievements which the Council delivered to support local people and improve quality of life in the borough included:
- Dealing with 1,740 planning applications.
- Increasing the number of garden waste collections by 1,482.
- Handling 730 incidents of fly tipping and 166 reports of abandoned vehicles.
Paul Turrell, Runnymede Borough Council's Chief Executive said: "The Annual Report demonstrates just how diverse our activities are, and I would like to pay tribute to the very many employees at Runnymede who go the extra mile for our residents.
"I am never complacent about our performance and we know it can always be improved, but this Council punches well above its weight and we will continue to strive to improve the quality of life for our residents."
Read a full copy of thehere.