A snapshot of Gwynedd Council's work over the last year

Date: 23/10/2020

The Gwynedd Council Performance Report for 2019/20 has been published, and the Council is proud that the document confirms that the Council continues to carry out good work on behalf of the county’s residents, despite the financial difficulties, and the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The full report for the financial year 2019/20 is available on the Councils’ website: www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/Performance and a paper copy is available by contacting the Council on 01766 771000 and officers will arrange to send a copy through the post.

Members of the public may read a copy at their local library. However, due to the national Covid-19 firebreak restrictions, the county’s libraries will unfortunately be closed between 23 October and 9 November. Those wishing to make an appointment to read either a paper copy or a digital copy at their local library after it has reopened should go to www.gwynedd.llyw.cymru/library to arrange this.

Some of the highlights of this year’s report are:

  • The Environment: Gwynedd Council continues to commit to protecting our environment and avoid creating problems for generations to come. Particularly, the Council has reached and surpassed the statutory target of recycling 64% of waste, with 64.74% of the waste from Gwynedd homes being recycled, re-used or composted.
  • Homes for local people: During the previous year, the Council has established a new Housing and Property Department which will be prioritising this work; through the Housing for Gwynedd’s People Strategy 2019-24, the Council has committed to increase the supply of affordable housing and the housing opportunities for people in Gwynedd
  • Care: Over the last year, new dementia care units have opened at Nefyn and Bangor, as well as a new respite centre for adults with disabilities at Pwllheli. This is a part of a scheme which has been in place for a few years to develop specialist provision in our care homes.
  • Education: The completion of a substantial investment in educational resource was seen in the Bala and Penllyn area with the opening of Ysgol Godre’r Berwyn School in September 2019.
  • Work: Gwynedd Council provides practical support to help train local people, and invest in public services for the future, by offering apprenticeship schemes in various disciplines. During the last year, 17 apprentices joined the Council’s workforce, including in engineering and in the care services.

Councillor Dyfrig Siencyn, Gwynedd Council Leader, said:

“I’m extremely proud of this report that gives us a snapshot of the Council’s work over the last year – it shows the hard work and efforts which has gone into making a real difference to lives of local people; and also it highlights where we can learn and change how we do things for the future and benefit of our communities.

“The continuous challenge for us in local government is that our budgets continue to shrink however demand for services increases. But despite this, thanks to secure financial management and the staff’s commendable work, I’m confident that we can continue to meet to our community’s needs.

“We can’t think back about the last year without referring to the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on Gwynedd. The efforts from the Councils’ staff not only to maintain normal services but also to react to the situation and create new services has been heroic.

“Looking at this report which encapsulates the Council’s work over the last 12 months, I thank our staff for all their hard work – and this in difficult circumstances at times. I look forward to see the authority building on these strong foundations in the year to come.”