On target and beyond
Boston Borough Council measures its performance each quarter and the good news for the second quarter - July, August and September - is that improvements were made in all areas but one.
Planning performance measures have exceeded targets;
The number of empty properties returned into occupation was 60 against a target of 30;
Benefit and council tax support processing times were better than target;
98 per cent of food businesses are broadly compliant with hygiene legislation (rated 3,4 or 5) against a target of 95 per cent;
Swim sessions at the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex were up to 83,946 against a target of 77,500;
There was a 42.8 per cent reduction in the council's carbon footprint compared to a target of 28 per cent;
The council's staff sickness absence was better than target.
Household waste collected per household - now sent to generate electricity at the Energy From Waste plant near Lincoln - is on target.
The only negative was a fall in the amount of recycling - down to 45.9 per cent against a target of 47.73 per cent. This was at the same point as last year and was due to contamination of some recycling bins. One had used hypodermic needles hidden in it. These issues have been addressed.