Committee considered the 2021/2022 Annual Performance Review report
for the Economy and Enterprise Department.
report detailed the performance against the key priorities and key
performance indicators of services in Housing, Estates, Rural &
Cultural Economy and Economic Development.
Director of Growth and Enterprise highlighted the following
- the Housing Team had been at the forefront of the
Council’s response to support Afghan and Ukrainian
- the Estates Team continued to support the Council’s Medium
Term Financial Strategy, surpassing the annual capital receipts
target of £1m by achieving a year-end total of
- the Rural and Cultural Economy Team had been ensuring that the
country parks and paths were available for use by residents and
visitors and that Tatton Park had been awarded a number of awards
including ‘Green Flag’ and ‘Green Heritage
site’ and a Sandford Award for the Excellence in Heritage Education.
- the Economic Development Team had been at the forefront of the
covid response and had administered the discretionary grant for
support for business in the retail, leisure and hospitality sector.
Development of Crewe Market Hall and
Castle Street, Macclesfield had been completed and the Team was
leading on the levelling-up programme with the production of
business cases for submission for funding. Following submission of a bid by
the Team for Crewe to be the new GG Rail Headquarters it had
successfully made the shortlist of six towns and cities in the
competition out of 41 bids.
The Committee commented and asked questions on the
- Energy efficiency in homes in Cheshire East and availability of
government grants - it was reported
that the Council had a number of programmes at the moment which
were aimed at people in low incomes and off gas. The Team was working closely with social housing
providers in connection with the Social Housing Decarbonising Fund
and future work would include working with the private renting
market to make changes. Funding
would also be available to help rural resident move away from
reliance on solid fuel to provide for alternative such as heat
- Footfall in town centres and how it was measured – it was
explained that the Council had been monitoring the data in all the
key services centres and had commissioned the use of mobile phone
data, which showed where people had travel from to the town
- Progress on the Gypsy traveller transit site – it was
reported that work was ongoing to progress the discharge of
planning conditions. An application had been submitted to Homes
England for additional funding toward development costs which had
been successful. The Council was
awaiting the Homes England contract, and if agreed, could progress
to the construction stage and start tendering for the
- Community Asset Transfer framework – it was stated that
consultation had been carried out and a call for site with Parish
Councils. The uptake had not been as
significant as anticipated.
The Committee congratulated
officers on their hard work during the year and the positive
results across the department.
That the performance of the
Growth and Enterprise Department be noted.