considered the proposed budgets for Place and Economic Development
Services for 2022/23. The Committee reviewed the priorities within
each service and the initiatives proposed in the Income and
Efficiency plan, and reviewed the City Plan allocations. The
Committee also considered the draft Capital Programme to 2026/27.
The Corporate Director – Finance and Resources presented the
report and responded to questions from Committee Members.
Members were informed
that the funding on previously approved budget items by the
Committee, set out in the table at paragraph 4.6 of the report, had
been approved by Policy and Resources at its meeting on
16th November 20201. With
regard to the Skills Officer post, the post holder had submitted
notice and it has been recommended that the allocation be broadened
to ‘Economic Regenerations Officer(s)’ to allow
flexibility over the use of the funding.
In addition to these
proposals the Chair had received the following new items for
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations - £20,000
additional funding for activities to celebrate the Queen’s
Jubilee in June;
Drink Spiking - £10,000 support for the initiative led by the
BID to reduce the incidence of drink spiking; and
Cultural Strategy - £50,000 implementation fund.
The rationale for each
of the items were summarised in the report.
In addition to this
the Chair had received three further proposals which were
potentially of a capital nature and would need to be built into
capital programmes. Members of the
Committee were informed that there would be a further report on
each item setting out the full design and business case and
financial implications during the year. Where these are in relation to pay
provision, they should form part of the wider Strategic Play Area
Assessment that is underway. The
proposals were as follows:
BMX/Pump Track - £60,000 provision of a new BMX and skate
park in the St Peter’s area;
Land off Cotswold Way – 100,000 to bring an unused strip of
land into use for the local community with play facilities and
environmental enhancements and
Power Park play equipment - £12,000 proposal received from St
Peter’s Parish Council for additional play equipment.
Following a debate of
the capital items some Members, although in support of the
proposals, thought they were premature as the Strategic Play Area
Assessment has yet to be carried out and a report is scheduled to
come before the Committee. Other
Members spoke in support of the proposals and although in agreement
with the need to look at the wider play area strategy, felt it
should not be used to hold back the investments of the
Upon being put to the
vote, all the proposals were agreed.
RESOLVED: That the Committee agree to:
1. note the proposed budgets
for the various services identified for 2022/23;
2. note the priorities within
3. note the services’
Capital Programme and future projects;
4. recommend the
Policy and Resources Committee to agree the following new budget
Queen’s Platinum Jubilee ...
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