Auditors pass county services verdict

Buckinghamshire County Council's environment services have been rated as "good" by Audit Commission inspectors.

A Best Value report published this week gives the service two stars out of three and says that it has promising prospects for improvement. It adds that the local authority is working well with partners to tackle the impact of regional growth and notes that the rise in traffic levels has been restrained through a range of measures.

The inspectors found that the council is aware of key priorities in the county. One of these is "delivering regional housing growth supported by infrastructure improvements", they point out. This agenda is driven by "clear political direction and good professional leadership to support enthusiastic and capable front-line staff".

However, the report notes that Buckinghamshire does not have an overarching strategy to tackle broader sustainability issues.

Audit Commission senior manager Andy Burns said: "The council's environment services have clear aims and work well with partner organisations to achieve them. Planning and waste services are also working to ensure that the council is well placed to respond to the demands of future growth."

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