Report identifies committee success

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A wide range of successes were highlighted in the annual performance report of the neighbourhood services department.

The report outlined all the performance aspects of the Angus Council directorate during the last year.

The findings of the report were considered at the neighbourhood services committee meeting in Forfar on Thursday.

One of the main areas highlighted was in regard to the authority’s commitment to providing affordable housing throughout Angus.

One of the main points demonstrated was the successful negotiation with the Scottish Government to obtain a £1,842,000 grant to build more social and affordable housing in Angus by March 2015.

Also mentioned, the Survive and Thrive initiative funding helped developers to provide 76 new affordable homes across Angus.

The completion of the West Links play area in Arbroath was also highlighted as a success.

Also praised was the department’s continuing partnership with Angus College to promote and support training and apprenticeships in the region.

Eco Centre accreditation for Monikie Country park, Crombie Country park, Angus Glens and Forfar Loch Country park was noted.

During the first year of a two year pilot aimed at preventing homelessness in young people saw 390 young people avoid that situation.

Vice-convener of the neighbourhood services committee, Councillor Jeanette Gaul, was pleased with the positive report.

She said: “This annual report gives a useful overview of the performance of the directorate over the past year.

“The extensive range of achievements from the various sections within neighbourhood services is most heartening and shows that we are constantly aiming to deliver the best possible service to the people of Angus.”