Prioritising Resources to Deliver Better Outcomes - 2021/22 to 2025/26
- Meeting of Council Budget, Cabinet, Tuesday, 16th February, 2021 2.00 pm (Item 796.)
- View the background to item 796.
Report of Executive Director (Finance and Resources) attached
The Cabinet considered a report of the Executive Director (Finance and Resources) presenting the General Fund Revenue Budget for 2021/22. This item was considered by all three Scrutiny Committees.
During consideration of the report, the Executive Councillor for Transport, Capital and Inward Investment explained that revised parking proposals had been prepared after consultation with businesses and residents as set out as follows:
1. 6pm to 10pm charging on the central Seafront is to be withdrawn but enforcement is still to continue for illegal parking eg on double lines;
2. The £24 up to 14 hours charge to be amended to £18 and this is now for 7 hours to 10 hours given the 6pm to 10pm relaxation;
3. Zone 1A On Street. This currently goes up to 4 hours and then moves to 14 hours. It is proposed to change this in line with car parks so therefore introducing in Zone 1A on street parking a standardized 5 hour and 6 hour charge and then the 7 hour to 10 hour charge;
4. That from the central sea-front Business feedback to equalize the charging zones for Western Esplanade and Thorpe Bay Esplanade (Warwick Rd to Maplin Way - seafront) by including Thorpe Bay Esplanade into Zone 1A;
5. That the 50% hotel and guesthouse discount scheme remains, which will benefit tourists who stay overnight in our hotels and guesthouses. This will mean for those staying guests, of hotels and guesthouses who sign up to the scheme, a parking charge in a Zone 1A hotel area of £9 per day and in a Zone 1B hotel area of £6 per day.
It was noted that the Council’s S151 Officer had reviewed all these proposed changes and had advised that the revised recommended budget for 2021/22, remained robust and deliverable. In addition, the proposed additional £1m income generation for parking charges overall was still achievable.
The S151 Officer had indicated that there was some increased risk with the level of income to be generated with these proposed changes and also due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19 and the changes in parking demand on our overall income generation assumptions. The S151 Officer therefore advised that in line with the arrangements for the Southend Pass that quarterly reviews should also now be undertaken for the overall car parking income budget throughout 2021/22.
Reasons for Recommendations
To comply with statutory requirements and relevant Local Authority codes of practice. Also, to ensure the budgets align to and enable the delivery of the Council’s ambition and desired outcomes or to enhance the Council’s infrastructure.
The Local Government Act requires billing authorities to complete and approve their budgets and set a Council tax before 11th March immediately prior to the start of the financial year on 1st April.
Note: This is a Council Budget Function, not eligible for call in by virtue of Budget and Policy Framework Procedure Rule 1.1(b).
Cabinet Member: Cllr Gilbert
- Report of Exec Director (Finance and Resources), item 796. PDF 888 KB
- Appendix 1 - MTFS 2021-22 to 2025-26 (Draft), item 796. PDF 3 MB
- Appendix 1 Annex 1 FINAL, item 796. PDF 376 KB
- Appendix 1 Annex 2 FINAL, item 796. PDF 463 KB
- Appendix 2 - S151 Statement 2021-22 - final, item 796. PDF 160 KB
- Appendix 3 - Appropriations to and from GF Earmarked Reserves FINAL, item 796. PDF 69 KB
- Appendix 4a FINAL, item 796. PDF 438 KB
- Appendix 4b FINAL, item 796. PDF 491 KB
- Appendix 4c FINAL, item 796. PDF 464 KB
- Appendix 5 - Revenue Investment, item 796. PDF 110 KB
- Appendix 6 - 2021-22 Savings FINAL, item 796. PDF 467 KB
- Appendix 7 - Budget Transformation FINAL, item 796. PDF 426 KB
- Appendix 8 - Proposed increases or new charges, item 796. PDF 408 KB
- Appendix 9 - Dedicated Schools Grant Budget 202122, item 796. PDF 115 KB
- Appendix 10 - Capital Investment Strategy 2021-22 to 2025-26, item 796. PDF 274 KB
- Appendix 10 Annex 1 - Capital Investment Policy, item 796. PDF 80 KB
- Appendix 11 - Proposed capital investment - 21-22 to 25-26, item 796. PDF 291 KB
- Appendix 12 - Other Requested Changes to Approved Capital Investment Programme, item 796. PDF 142 KB
- Appendix 13 - Amended Capital Investment Programme 2021-22 to 2025-26, item 796. PDF 431 KB
- Appendix 14 - Minimum Revenue Provision Policy 2021_2022, item 796. PDF 59 KB
- Appendix 15 - Prudential Indicators 2021_22, item 796. PDF 166 KB
- Appendix 16 - Equality Analysis, item 796. PDF 267 KB
- Appendix 8 amended - Proposed increases or new charges, item 796. PDF 315 KB