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Budget Proposals - KEY/28NOV14/01

Cabinet at its meeting of 15 December 2014, received a report as part of the Council’s agreed two stage budget process as outlined in the report considered by Cabinet on 24 November 2014.


The purpose of the report was to enable Cabinet to consider the feedback from consultation undertaken to date with Scrutiny, residents, partner organisations, businesses and other interested parties and to recommend to Council approval of phase one budget proposals.


An addendum document was circulated prior to the meeting of Cabinet which contained revised recommendations and at the meeting, following debate, a further amendment to the recommendation was also agreed.


Cabinet considered the report and RESOLVED:


1.     To have regard to the consultation feedback received to date and statutory advice detailed in the report when determining the phase one budget proposals, noting that consultation remains open and an addendum will be provided prior to the Cabinet meeting and to the council meeting;


2.     To recommend that Council:


i.   Defer some phase one budget proposals to phase two of the budget process to enable Cabinet further time to conclude the specific issues raised on certain budget proposals. The proposals to be deferred being:









  Parks, trees and open spaces







Comprising of the partial deferral of the parks, trees and open spaces, this being:


-  Cutting of parkway verges will be reduced by around 20 per cent, however visibility for traffic will be maintained at all times. This proposal makes a saving of £10,000.

-  Grass cutting will be reduced from ten cuts a year to eight. This proposal makes a saving on £38,500.

-  Shrubs which are ageing or have reached the end of their life will be removed. This proposal makes a saving of £83,000.

-  Four of the city’s seven bowling greens will be closed. Currently there are bowling greens at Bushfield in Orton, Central Park (2), East Community Centre, Itter Park, Ringwood in Bretton, Stanground and Werrington. In addition, six grass tennis courts at Central Park and five at Itter Park will be closed. Clay tennis courts at both parks will remain open. This proposal makes a saving of £36,000.


ii.       Approve the phase one budget proposals, as summarised in appendix 1 to the Cabinet report, subject to the deferral of the proposals as outlined in recommendation (2i), to enable implementation of these budget proposals to commence; and


3.     To note the timetable for the phase two consultation and formal approval of the 2015/16 to 2024/25 Medium Term Financial Strategy as detailed at section 6. Furthermore, budget proposals approved by Council on the 17 December will form part of the medium term financial strategy but will not form part of the second stage of consultation or Council debate on 4 March 2015.




Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure or savings greater than £500,000;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Notice of proposed decision first published: 31/10/2014

Decision due: 15 Dec 2014 by Cabinet

Lead member: Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Growth, Strategic Planning, Housing, Economic Development and Business Engagement

Lead director: Executive Director Corporate Services

Department: Corporate Services

Contact: Steven Pilsworth, Service Director Financial Services Email:; Tel: 01733 384564 Email: Tel: 01733 384564.

Consultation process

Relevant Internal and External Stakeholders


Relevant Scrutiny Committee: Sustainable Growth and Environment Capital

Meeting Open to Public: n/a


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