Boston Borough Council’s latest examination of its performance shows improvement in a number of important areas.

Achievement targets are set and the latest quarter report shows these were met or exceeded in areas of time spent dealing with planning applications, housing completions, empty properties returned to occupation, benefit and council tax support processing times, food business compliance, swim sessions at the Geoff Moulder Leisure Complex, car parking permit income, time taken to respond to Freedom of Information requests, staff sickness absence and time taken for switchboard to answer calls.

In the case of housing completions, the target had been 310, but 429 had been achieved.

Council Leader, Cllr Michael Cooper, said: “We are bucking the national trend which nationally has been flat lining.”

The target for empty properties returned to occupation had been 60, but 91 had been achieved. And 99 per cent of food businesses in the borough now meet compliance standards.

The council recorded the lowest contamination rate of recycled material collected in the county and increased its number of commercial waste customers by 20 per cent.

Cllr Martin Griggs said: “It is nice to see how many compliments from the public that staff have received, especially those involved in refuse collections.”

Council Leader, Cllr Michael Cooper said he thought it was the highest number of compliments received since 2007/8