Stevenage Borough Council in numbers

09 Jan 2015

2014 was an eventful year for Stevenage Borough Council. From sowing millions of poppy seeds in the town to celebrating 30 sporting heroes, council staff provided many services and activities for residents, businesses and visitors to Stevenage. 

Throughout the year, the council’s housing repairs team carried out more than 24,000 repairs, from installing showers to fixing fences. And as part of the council’s decent homes programme, more than 840 homes received new heating, electrics, kitchens, bathrooms or doors. Our Planning team dealt with 550 planning applications, our bin men emptied 2.6 million refuse and recycling bins, more than 9,500 residents interacted with us online and our Welfare Reform team helped more than 600 families understand the changes to the benefits system. The BBC spent almost 100 hours filming our housing staff on the job for the TV programme, The Housing Enforcers featuring Matt Allwright, which was watched by 1.3 million people when it was aired in the autumn.

To mark the centenary of the start of the First World War we sowed 30 million poppy seeds on roadside verges, used 1,275 flowers to form giant poppies on roundabouts, planted 400 trees to create a memorial woodland, and hung 70 giant poppies in the trees on the Bowling Green. We also helped identify and mark 14 First World War graves in the town, and welcomed more than 2,500 people to our Remembrance Day events. In July, more than 1,000 people watched 250 members of the Royal Anglian Regiment march throughout the town centre.

Summer 2014 saw Stevenage Museum celebrate its 60th anniversary. During the year, it hosted 22,000 visitors at more than 150 events, exhibitions and displays. In June, around 25,000 visitors enjoyed Stevenage Day, 15,000 people watched our annual fireworks display in November, and more than 4,500 people took part in events that were held in the town’s parks and green spaces throughout the last 12 months. 

During 2014 the three play centres across the town offered around 3,500 hours’ worth of free activity for Stevenage children aged five to 14, with an average of 53 children attending each day. This year also saw the Pin Green play centre hold four Saturday breakfast club sessions with more than 40 dads attending with their children.

Stevenage Borough Council Leader, Councillor Sharon Taylor OBE, said “The last 12 months have been a busy time for the council, and residents and visitors to Stevenage have also played their part, from all those who have taken part in our consultations, the hundreds of volunteers, like our Green Space Volunteers who help us keep the town looking good, and the thousands that have attended our events in the town.

“It’s the hard work and dedication from residents and council staff that help make Stevenage the great town it is, and considering the council gets an average of 50p per household per day, I hope residents will agree that we achieve good value for the people of our town.”