South Lakeland District Council re-inforces commitment to creating 1,000 new jobs and affordable rented homes

South Lakeland District Council re-inforces commitment to creating 1,000 new jobs and affordable rented homes

South Lakeland District Council re-inforces commitment to creating 1,000 new jobs and affordable rented homes

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A COMMITMENT to create 1,000 new jobs and 1,000 affordable rented homes within a decade has been re-inforced by South Lakeland District Council.

SLDC Leader Coun Peter Thornton said last night that the authority’s newly-adopted Local Plan had unlocked sites for business and housing to help create growth across the district.

Coun Thornton was speaking at a full meeting of the council as members approved the authority’s annual report for 2013/14. The report reviews activity over the last year and also stresses the council’s vision for the next 12 months.

Coun Thornton said: “Jobs, housing, recycling, town centres and our plans for the fifth year of a Council Tax freeze are the headline achievements, but there are many more.”

He said South Lakeland was at the centre of the recently-launched Strategic Economic Plan for Cumbria, and enabling jobs and growth remained the key priority.

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He said: “Last Friday our team had to choose between attending the opening of Lakeland’s new £10m warehouse in Kendal or the growth hub at Marl International LED Lighting in Ulverston.

“What a choice to have to make. We attended them both and, of course, were hugely impressed.”

He also cited the development sites at Berners, Grange-over-Sands, and the Kendal Auction Mart as outstanding examples of what progress was being made on affordable housing.

Coun Thornton said: “Our Local Plan is helping us move towards our target of 1,000 affordable homes to rent.”

Other highlights from the annual report include: * More than four million waste collections made, 99.5 per cent on time * Successful collection of 98.39 per cent of Council Tax * Preventing 317 households from becoming homeless * Distributing £300,000 for community projects * Orders to tackle irresponsible dog-owners * Approving a new partnership to run the district’s leisure services * More controls on second homes and a reduction in long-term empty properties The report celebrates a highly successful year of events, including the visit in July by Her Majesty the Queen to Kendal, Burneside, and Bowness.

Other major events enjoyed by thousands of residents and visitors, and supported by SLDC, included: The Tour of Britain cycle race; the Comic Art Festival; and the Kendal Mountain Festival.

SLDC teams also worked in partnership with local businesses to stimulate economic growth and boost inward investment. Events held included Google Juice, the Action for Market Towns annual conference, and a South Lakeland Economic Forum.

Coun Thornton added: “Our vision is a South Lakeland where young people can expect to leave school or college, find a local job, and buy or rent a home with the proceeds of that employment.

“A South Lakeland which encourages entrepreneurs and where our elderly people can live rich lives supported by healthcare which suits their needs. We are committed to making this truly the best place to live, work, and explore.”

The report is published just weeks after an independent Quality of Life Survey, involving thousands of households, revealed increasing satisfaction with the way services are run by SLDC.

In the survey 40% of residents (up from 29% in 2012) agreed that SLDC provides value for money and 48% (up from 37%) are satisfied with the way services are run. People were most satisfied with refuse collections (78%).

Around nine-tenths of respondents (88%) also declared themselves satisfied with South Lakeland as a place to live.

The survey is undertaken every two years and is seen as a key indicator of council performance and is used to help determine authority priorities and policies.

The future strategic priorities for SLDC are: providing homes for need, enabling economic growth, improving health and wellbeing, and protecting the environment.

The full report can be viewed at: www.southlakeland.gov.uk

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11:03am Wed 11 Jun 14

Kent123 says...

Same old **** and still too much dog muck!
Same old **** and still too much dog muck! Kent123
  • Score: 8

3:25pm Wed 11 Jun 14

magical trevor says...

Try saying something positive Kent123......instead of your predictable rubbish.
Try saying something positive Kent123......instead of your predictable rubbish. magical trevor
  • Score: -11

4:12pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Spotty Fish says...

Sometimes magical, it's very difficult to feel positive about the things our council do. Don't you think?
Sometimes magical, it's very difficult to feel positive about the things our council do. Don't you think? Spotty Fish
  • Score: 14

8:33pm Wed 11 Jun 14

snuggle-bunny says...

there's a good boy trev mate- dont' bite the hand that feeds you eh. you're right kent, how can you trust an organisation and its leadership that has lost all credibility and confidence of the people who it's supposed to represent. As usual with this organisation, I cant wait for this one
there's a good boy trev mate- dont' bite the hand that feeds you eh. you're right kent, how can you trust an organisation and its leadership that has lost all credibility and confidence of the people who it's supposed to represent. As usual with this organisation, I cant wait for this one snuggle-bunny
  • Score: 13

9:04pm Wed 11 Jun 14

magical trevor says...

Bless your cotton socks Muddle-bunny.....you
r world must be one continuous round of negativity and disappointment.
Bless your cotton socks Muddle-bunny.....you r world must be one continuous round of negativity and disappointment. magical trevor
  • Score: -16

10:14am Thu 12 Jun 14

Little Lee says...

magical trevor wrote:
Try saying something positive Kent123......instead of your predictable rubbish.
If there is anyone on here with predictable rubbish, it is YOU Mad Trev.
[quote][p][bold]magical trevor[/bold] wrote: Try saying something positive Kent123......instead of your predictable rubbish.[/p][/quote]If there is anyone on here with predictable rubbish, it is YOU Mad Trev. Little Lee
  • Score: 10

11:58am Thu 12 Jun 14

Kent123 says...

magical trevor wrote:
Try saying something positive Kent123......instead of your predictable rubbish.
Forget the **** magical trevor, what's your view on SLDC's dog muck campaign?
[quote][p][bold]magical trevor[/bold] wrote: Try saying something positive Kent123......instead of your predictable rubbish.[/p][/quote]Forget the **** magical trevor, what's your view on SLDC's dog muck campaign? Kent123
  • Score: 2

12:02pm Thu 12 Jun 14

magical trevor says...

Sadly lacking in resources and any success in sorting the issue.
Sadly lacking in resources and any success in sorting the issue. magical trevor
  • Score: -3

1:42pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Kent123 says...

I've just realised that my use of the word **** has been censored to read **** which actually makes my use of language look far worse than it was!
I've just realised that my use of the word **** has been censored to read **** which actually makes my use of language look far worse than it was! Kent123
  • Score: 3

1:43pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Kent123 says...

Bull****
Bull**** Kent123
  • Score: 3

8:29am Tue 17 Jun 14

drixhen says...

I live in a so called affordable house and I can assure you that anybody that works and are on a low income they are far from affordable but I suppose these houses are built for the people that dont work at least the landlord will be certain to get the rent .
I live in a so called affordable house and I can assure you that anybody that works and are on a low income they are far from affordable but I suppose these houses are built for the people that dont work at least the landlord will be certain to get the rent . drixhen
  • Score: 2

9:36pm Tue 17 Jun 14

jazzactivist says...

Hmm, yes... affordable housing... Is that housing where the leases are long and the rents genuinely affordable for people earning the median income in the South Lakes area? If the rents are 1/4 to 1/3 of the take home pay of the average of those 1000 new jobs, then we can believe it. Our Council at least does something, but it isn't usually anywhere near what it should do for people who live and work here.
Hmm, yes... affordable housing... Is that housing where the leases are long and the rents genuinely affordable for people earning the median income in the South Lakes area? If the rents are 1/4 to 1/3 of the take home pay of the average of those 1000 new jobs, then we can believe it. Our Council at least does something, but it isn't usually anywhere near what it should do for people who live and work here. jazzactivist
  • Score: -1

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