Day: 20 July 2016

One project a year? Shropshire Council sets risible target for its councillors’ performance

To be an effective councillor you need to read the paperwork and there is a lot of it. I have been reading the small print for Thursday’s full council meeting. That includes Shropshire Council’s draft Corporate Plan. I have comments to make on the details of this plan but one detail of the report stands out by an uncomfortable mile. Among a portfolio of targets spread over four pages, the Corporate Plan states that elected councillors need only complete one project within their communities each year. This is risible. Measures should either be warning indicators, triggering action if they are too high or low, or targets designed to improve performance. One councillor completing one project with their community a year is hardly stretching. It’s a real yawn.

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