The Council continues to improve all aspects of asset management. Data is captured each year and used to inform all manner of land and property decisions made by the Council. Building on work by external consultants, the Council is developing a way forward that will see significant regeneration in Dudley Town Centre whilst ensuring that its offices support excellent service delivery.
Over the last 5 years the Council has reduced the backlog of repairs on its property by £15 million. The proportion of its property that falls within the Government’s definition of “good” now stands at 70% with less than 1% falling within the “poor” category.
The commercial portfolio is reviewed periodically to ensure that its ownership continues to provide a worthwhile contribution to the socio/economic well being of the area. Other than in special circumstances, those properties that do not are considered for disposal. Those properties that make up this part of the portfolio continue to perform well.
The Council has fought to protect the amount of money it spends on repairs and maintenance over a period where other Councils may have reduced theirs. Excluding budgets delegated to schools, on average the Council spends approximately £4,415 on each property is owns whilst the cost of utilities, (gas, electric, water etc) stands at £6.74 per square metre.
In relation to compliance to the Disability Discrimination Act the Council has made considerable progress. The proportion of buildings that now comply with the Act has doubled over the last twelve months to 17% and that will rise to 30% by the end of 2005.