Ashfield District Council says it is on track to meet targets

NMAC10-2465-2''Kirkby Ashfield District Council Offices
NMAC10-2465-2''Kirkby Ashfield District Council Offices

COUNCIL bosses in Ashfield say that the authority is on track to meet its improvement targets in a host of areas including jobs creation and regenerating town centres.

Ashfield District Council’s cabinet members met on Thursday evening to discuss the progress of its corporate plan, which measures performance.

According to the report, which covers the period between April and September last year, 95 per cent of improvement work has been completed or is due to be completed.

Deputy council leader John Wilmott told the meeting that some of the improvements included successful work experience pilot schemes and the creation and safeguarding of 32 jobs through the Ashfield Enterprise Support Grant.

Meanwhile, council leader John Knight praised the report.

He said: “It’s a great report and there’s a lot of good stuff to be picked out. The most important thing is to keep questioning what we are doing well, but more importantly what we aren’t doing well.”

Coun Steve Carroll highlighted the council’s plans to build more affordable housing.

“If someone had said to me two years ago that we would be building affordable housing I would have laughed at them,” he said.

“This is against the backdrop of having cuts year on year from central government.”

Coun Knight added that the council was also ambitious.

“We are a relatively small district council yet we do more than some county councils.”