A recent independent review says Tendring District Council (TDC) is “ambitious” and “punching above its weight”, the Council’s leader revealed tonight.
TDC Leader Neil Stock used his annual State of Tendring speech at this evening’s full council meeting to share the results of a recent Local Government Association (LGA) Peer Review.
Earlier in the month an LGA team, made up of a chief executive, senior directors and a senior councillor from other authorities, carried out a four-day visit to TDC to give a stock take on how it is doing. It is not a formal inspection, but a useful way of sharing best practice and running ideas by peers in local government.
In its feedback, the LGA Peer Review team described TDC as “ambitious”, “punching above its weight in Essex”, and said: “You are actually better than the story you are telling. TDC is having a significant and positive impact right across its District.”
The report also backed TDC’s priorities, robust finances and approach to tackling key issues. Areas for improvement included better communication with staff, bringing the four areas of transformation together, and more project management.
During his State of Tendring speech, Cllr Stock said it was reassuring to hear TDC was doing the right things and doing them well.
“The report is extremely clear that Tendring is a council working hard, delivering well for its residents, and delivering strong community leadership.
“Overall the team felt Members and Officers work well together, that our priorities are clear and that we are tackling the key issues. We have robust finances, a sound approach to growth and our transformation agenda is addressing the right issues.
“They made sound recommendations which we readily accept, and I am confident they will strengthen and enhance our approach.
“However, in the face of such positivity we should not forget that Tendring does have challenges and areas of significant deprivation, not least in health. We continue to tackle these issues, which form a key part of our priorities for the year ahead.”