Committee considered the proposed budgets for Environment 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.
were informed that the funding on the previously approved budget
items by the Committee, set out in the table at paragraph 4.4 of
the report, had been approved by Policy and Resources at its
meeting on 16th November 2021.
addition to this proposal the Chair had received the following new
items for consideration:
Centre Street Scene enhancement - £80,000 to continue with
the City Delivery Fund proposal for an Enhancement Team (Driver, 1
operative and vehicle) once funding from reserves ends. This will ensure that the improvements are
maintained to cover the Queen’s Jubilee year;
Biodiversity – Upskilling the Environmental
Operations team to enable them to best manage biodiversity issues -
£10,000 for more training for the existing team and also to
develop a key individual for greater knowledge, including
recognised qualifications; and
landscaping - £47,000 to cover shortfall in
funding against the tender received.
The initial report was for a broad allocation and the scope has
rationale for each of the items was summarised in the
addition to the above one off proposals the Chair had received
proposals which have an ongoing revenue implication and would have
a direct impact on the Council’s budget to be set at Council
on 22nd February 2022, if approved at Policy and
Resources on 8th February.
The proposals were as follows:
Place Working – Street Scene - £50,000
the current funding from reserves ends in March 2022. To maintain the existing standards it is proposed
to continue the resource levels permanently; and
St John’s Cemetery, re -opening of the toilets
and staff facilities - £14,000 annual cost of cleaning and
these proposals were the subject of a separate report on the
agenda. It was noted that the St
John’s Cemetery item was now not to be taken forward as
discussed in the previous item on the agenda.
addition to this, the Chair had received two 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. The proposals were as follows:
Cut and collect mower - £38,000 purchase of a
mower to support wild flowering in verges and grassed areas;
EV charging points in car parks - £200,000 to
develop a programme of additional charging points at suitable
locations in the Council’s car parks.
rationale for each of the items was summarised in ...
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