Council praised in independent review
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- Last Updated: 21 February 2017
Ryedale District Council has been praised in a report from the Local Government Association (LGA), which looked at how well the Council works to support its local area.
A ‘peer review’ took place at the end of October, which looked in detail at the Council’s long-term ambitions, its work to support business and housing growth and the way it delivers services for the community. The review involved staff from across the organisation, councillors and a number of representatives from other organisations and key partners who work alongside the Council.
The findings of the review have now been published and the report can be found below.
The report described the Council as, ‘a small but ambitious council with committed staff who are focused on delivering the best possible service to meet local needs, in partnership with others where possible in order to improve capacity. Staff are proud to work for the council, and have an excellent understanding of the local context. There is a commitment to seek housing and economic growth and an understanding that this needs to be done sensitively, and in partnership with others.'
The review identified the success of the Council’s planning service, describing it as an example for others to follow. In particular the way in which the service supports developers and communities throughout the planning process - from pre-application advice through to decisions.
The review also highlighted how the Council has worked effectively with others across Yorkshire, to ensure that the issues, concerns and opportunities for Ryedale are considered at the highest levels.
The review praised a new way of working the Council has been piloting for services in Helmsley, which focuses on council staff and councillors working more closely together to deliver services in ways that are tailored to meet the needs of individual areas. This new community-based approach is due to be rolled out across the rest of the district from April 2017.
Find out more in the full report available to download below, together with the information we submitted as part of the review.