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Three Rivers District Council Among the Best in Hertfordshire

06th May 2004

Three Rivers District Council Among the Best in Hertfordshire

Three Rivers District Council has been rated "Good" by an independent Audit Commission report released today (Thursday, 6 May).

The Audit Commission says that Three Rivers District Council is "well managed with sound finances, able and committed councillors, a hard working and well organised staff and mostly good quality services." The Audit Commission, an independent government body, rated the performance of ten Hertfordshire district councils as excellent, good, fair, weak or poor as part of the Government's Comprehensive Performance Assessment.

The Audit Commission report confirmed that the Council concentrates resources on the front-line services that residents care most about - like waste and recycling, community safety and planning.

Steven Halls, chief executive of Three Rivers District Council, said: "We are delighted with the result as this independent Audit Commission report has endorsed the services we provide. The Audit Commission has said we are a good, well-managed council and this will reassure residents. If you live in Three Rivers, you live in an area where all the essential local services like waste collection, recycling and planning are good and improving, despite the restraints of budgets and resources.

"We apply the same financial controls, the same budgetary discipline and the same emphasis on priorities used in the best private sector companies. However, the Audit Commission has said we would benefit from a long-term strategic plan - a five-year plan - to map out the future shape of the organisation and we are working on this now."

More information from the Audit Commission website www.audit-commission.gov.uk/cpa