Stevenage Borough Council in numbers

10 Jan 2017

An action-packed 12 months of celebrations, anniversaries, and milestones made 2016 a year to remember for Stevenage Borough Council and the town’s residents, businesses and visitors.

Stevenage celebrated 70 years of being a New Town in 2016 and to mark the occasion the council held a series of events throughout the year. Around 25,000 visitors enjoyed Stevenage Day and 8,000 people attended the Pearl Izumi Tour in June, 20,000 people watched our annual fireworks display in November and 2,000 came to watch former M People singer Heather Small turn on our Christmas Lights.

Our play team are also celebrating an anniversary and year-long celebrations to mark 50 years of playwork in Stevenage have begun. The play centres are as popular as ever for Stevenage children aged five to 14 as sessional attendances at the town’s three play centres stood at a whopping 55,000 in 2016.

Stevenage people moved into eight new apartments at Archer Road - the first new homes built by Stevenage Borough Council since the 1980s - as part of the Pin Green regeneration project. A further 372 people have taken up tenancies at council homes in Stevenage and the housing repairs team carried out more than 34,500 repairs.

Our refuse and recycling team collected 32,000 tonnes of waste from 36,290 households, we cut 9,338 acres of grass, dealt with around 830 planning applications, carried out more than 270 food hygiene inspections and our Customer Service team answered around 222,000 calls.

Councillor Sharon Taylor, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, said: “What a year 2016 has been – from celebrating Stevenage New Town’s 70th anniversary to marking 50 years of play, the last 12 months will live long in the memory for us at Stevenage Borough Council.

“One of the highlights of the year for me handing over the keys at Archer Road to tenants of first new council homes built since the 1980s. I can’t wait to go back next year when all the homes are completed.

“The hard work of our staff makes these services and activities possible all for around 50p per household per day so I hope our 86,000 residents will agree that we achieve good value in Stevenage.”