Stevenage Borough Council: Value for money?

Stevenage Borough Council have moved to increase rent rates

Stevenage Borough Council have moved to increase rent rates - Credit: Archant

Thousands of pest control issues and repairs have been dealt with by Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) over the past year, but do you think the local authority provides value for money?

In 2013, SBC’s environmental health team carried out more than 3,000 visits for pest control issues – including an infestation of cockroaches at the Maharajah Indian restaurant in Stevenage High Street.

Last year more than 28,000 repairs were carried out, from replacing roofs to fixing steps and paths.

The council’s complaints and compliments team resolved more than 1,100 customer complaints, while only handling 150 compliments from residents all year.

In November, 25,000 people turned out for the annual fireworks display at Fairlands Valley Park, while about 30,000 people attended Stevenage Day at the King George V Playing Fields in June.

SBC bought 39 homes to add to its housing stock, while 68 homes were sold under the Right to Buy scheme.

Councillor Sharon Taylor, leader of SBC, said: “2013 was a busy year for the council, from holding 24 park events to carrying out 28,000 repairs.

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“Considering the council gets an average of £188.52 council tax per household, I hope residents will agree we achieve good value for the people of Stevenage.

“But it’s not just council staff who have busy, the people of Stevenage have also played their part by collectively recycling more than 4,700 tonnes of waste and sending more than 6,000 tonnes for composting.

“It’s the hard work of people within the town that makes Stevenage what it is, and I’m looking forward to seeing what 2014 will bring.”

* Do you think SBC achieves good value for money? Email editorial@thecomet.net or write to The Comet, Bank House, Primett Road, Stevenage, SG1 3EE.

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