Draft Budget 2021/22 and Quarter 3 2020/21 Outturn for Spalding Special Expenses
consider the Spalding Special Expenses Draft Budget 2021/22
report the Forecast Outturn for
Quarter 3 2020/21 (report of the Executive Director
Commercialisation (S151 Officer) enclosed).
Consideration was given to the report of the
Executive Director Commercialisation (S151) which provided
information on the Spalding Special Expenses Draft Budget 2021/22
and report the Forecast Outturn for Quarter 3 2020/21.
The following issues were raised:
- Member raised concerns regarding
Spalding Cemetery. It was proposed that
the Council be put on notice to enable drawing down on reserves
with a view to a comprehensive plan of a list works which needed to
be completed to improve conditions around the Cemetery. Members
also highlighted and welcomed the support from the residents in
helping to look after the grounds at the Cemetery.
- Members also debated and agreed that
more needed to be done in improving the Christmas lights and town
centre to attract more people into the area with a further look at
entertainment and festivities for Christmas 2021.
- Councillor Newton requested a
breakdown of the Spalding Special Contributions. The Strategic
Finance and Compliance Manager confirmed that this information
would be forwarded to Councillor Newton following the meeting.
- Members enquired about
re-establishing a sub-group to focus on future Christmas
celebrations for Spalding. The Chairman
agreed to meet with Councillor Taylor and Councillor Drury to
discuss the possibility of forming a sub-group.
- The Chairman enquired how financing
around Christmas decorations would be sustained and whether any
S106 funds accrued which would come directly to Spalding could
assist in the re-supply of funds. The
Chairman also requested future updates to the Forum around outturn
and variations to remind the Forum of how the budget was being
- The Place Manager invited the
Chairman to attend future meetings of the Town Improvement Plan
Steering Group to ensure the views of the Forum were
- Members debated whether the
contingency fund which was in place to assist with the cutting of
grass verges had been removed. The
Portfolio Holder for Finance, Strategy and Partnerships informed
the Forum that the contingency fund was previously separate but had
now been worked into the costings so there was no need for a
contingency for the cutting of the grass verges. The Strategic
Finance and Compliance Manager was requested to check this
information and update Councillor McLean. Members debated whether
having a contingency fund could be considered by the Forum. The
Chairman advised that members could raise the issue at the next
meeting following the AGM to enable Cabinet to factor a contingency
into the Spalding Special Expenses in the future.
- In relation to allotments members
enquired whether Officers were anticipating more vacant plots and
if consideration could be given to advertising any vacancies in the
local press. The Place Manager advised
the Forum that consideration could be given to local advertising if
this would help generate interest. The Chairman advised that there
was an upcoming Portfolio Holder meeting in which this could be
Members enquired where responsibility laid in
relation to the upkeep of the war memorials. The Place Manager informed the Forum that the
funds for the upkeep of the war memorials was in the general budget
under Ayscoughfee Gardens. As the
memorials had listed status, specialist cleaning and maintenance
would need to be considered.