BRIGHTLINGSEA TOWN COUNCIL

FINANCE COMMITTEE

 

Minutes of the Meeting held at the Parish Hall, Victoria Place, Brightlingsea

on Thursday 11th January 2018 at 7.30 pm

 

Present:

Councillors

G Steady (Chairman)

I Block (Vice Chairman)

J Chapman, D Dixon, J Howard, J Russell and B Smith

 

Also in Attendance:

Councillors M Barry, K Yallop

Plus: Mr Dave Atkinson

Tracey Pulford – Town Clerk/RFO

 

F.138   APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE: None received.

                                                                               

F.139   CONFIRMATION OF THE MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON THE 23RD NOVEMBER 2017, RECEIVED BY COUNCIL ON THE 14TH DECEMBER 2017:

 

The Minutes were accepted as a true record of the meeting,

 

F.140   DECLARATION OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS:

 

Members were reminded of the requirement to disclose any interest in relation to items on the agenda, when these are discussed.

 

F.141               STATEMENT FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF THE FINANCE COMMITTEE – COUNCILLOR STEADY:

 

The Chairman readout the following statement:-

 

“All members have had a copy of the revised budgets for 2017/2018 and proposed budget for 2018/2019, which shows an increase of 5% for a Band D Property, which equates  to an increase of £2.82 per year from £56.59 to £59.41.

 

It is worth noting that out of the 6 bodies who are funded by Council Tax, the Town Precept is the second lowest .

 

As stated previously, we are working on robust plans to improve services and facilities in our town.  The ethos of formulating our budgets is not to include schemes that cannot be delivered, thereby tying up finance which could be used elsewhere.  Our budgets are underpinned by healthy reserves, access to loan facilities at very low rates from Public Works and Loan Board, funding via TDC budgets and grants from external organisations.

 

2018/2019 will be a challenging year, which will need us, as a Town Council, to be adaptable to meet any challenges.”

 


 

F.142               SWIMMING POOL BUSINESS PLAN PRESENTATION BY COUNCILLOR BARRY AND MR DAVE ATKINSON:

                                        

A copy of the Outline Proposal for the Brightlingsea Lido had been circulated to all members. Councillor Barry gave a summary of this Proposal. He stated that the pool would need £50,000 to get it fully operational this year, and has a pledge from Tendring District Council that they would give £20,000 from the decommissioning money. He stated that grants would then be looked at to improve access for all users. An initial budget of £30,000 is needed towards operational costs, manager, lifeguards etc.

 

Councillor Russell stated that on the basis that this document had only been received this evening, the document is taken to full council for recommendation/approval/adoption and for all councillors to receive a copy. Agreed.

 

Councillor Block commented that he had initial reservations but now he was very impressed with all the hard work that Councillor Barry had put in, with all his associates.

 

Recommendation: On the basis that the Outline Proposal for the Brightlingsea Lido has only been received this evening, the document is taken to full council for recommendation/approval/adoption and for all councillors to receive a copy

 

            Councillor Barry and Mr Atkinson left the meeting at 20.12pm.

 

F.143   BRIGHTLINGSEA MUSEUM:

 

The Clerk informed briefed members that this item had been carried over from the last meeting. A copy of the Museums Accounts for the year ended 31.10.16 had been circulated to all members. A discussion took place.

 

It was then agreed that a letter is written to the museum stating that the Council supports the Museum, asking them to provide the council with their development plans, and once the building is up and running the Council would like to be involved with a project and offer some sort of financial donation at that time, and to carry on with the on-going financial support.

 

Recommendation: A letter is written to the museum stating that the Council supports the Museum, asking them to provide the council with their development plans, and once the building is up and running the Council would like to be involved with a project and offer some sort of financial donation at that time, and to carry on with the on-going financial support.

 

 

Councillor Yallop declared an interest in the following item:-

 

F.144   BOAT SHOW/REGATTA INSURANCE:

 

Councillor Smith reported that at the last Boat Show/Regatta meeting, they had requested that the Town Council pays for the insurance for the event, as in previous years. A discussion took place. Councillor Russell then proposed that the Council includes the Boat Show and Regatta as a Standing Annual Grant for £100.00, and takes this amount off the Discretionary Grants. Seconded by Councillor J Chapman. Agreed.

 

Recommendation: The Council includes the Boat Show and Regatta as a Standing Annual Grant for £100.00, and takes this amount off the Discretionary Grants.

 

F.145   BUDGETS 2017/2018 AND 2018/2019:

 

The Chairman briefed members on the budgets for 2017/18 and 2018/19. A discussion took place.

 

The following amendments were to be made to the budgets:-

Grants – Boat Show and Regatta to be included in the Standing Annual Grants, and the amount of £100.00 taken off the total of £2,407.00. Agreed.

 

Councillor Steady then proposed that the Council accepts the budgets, as listed, which gives a Precept amount of £166,104, LCTS Scheme Grant from Tendring District Council of £9,323.00. This equates to a Tax Base of £2,795.80 and gives a Band D equivalent of £59.41. Seconded by Councillor Block. Agreed.

 

            Recommendation: The Council accepts the budgets, as listed, which gives a Precept amount of £166,104, LCTS Scheme Grant from Tendring District Council of £9,323.00. This equates to a Tax Base of £2,795.80 and gives a Band D equivalent of £59.41.

 

Councillor Russell then gave thanks to the Clerk, Chairman and Vice Chairman for all their work put into making the budgets balance.

 

F.146   PROPERTY UPDATE:

 

A copy of an e-mail from Fisher Jones Greenwood Solicitors, dated 11.1.18, had been circulated to all members. This gave an up-to-date situation on the current property issues they are dealing with.

 

F.147   CLOSE OF MEETING:

 

There being no further business, the meeting closed at 20.49 pm.

 

 

 

Received by Council on: 18.1.18                      Approved by Committee on:

 

Signed  by Chairman                                        Signed by Chairman