To consider the report Director of Resources, (copy enclosed).
The Committee considered the report of the Director of Resources presenting year to date spend information on the 2017 / 18 Capital Programme (Appendix A to the report) and the proposed Capital Programme for 2018 / 19.
It was noted that four projects from 2017 / 18 were being carried forward into 2018 / 19 and the remainder of the 2017 / 18 Capital Programme was envisaged to be completed by 31 March 2018.
The project bids for 2018 / 19 were set out in Appendix B to the report and Members’ attention was drawn to the three categories by which the bids had been categorised. It was noted that the 2018 / 19 Capital Programme included a number of projects from 2017 / 18 and Disabled Facilities Grant related expenditure. The proposed indicative 2018 / 19 to 2021 / 22 Capital Programme was set out in Appendix C.
It was noted that recommendation (ii) should refer to 2021 / 22 and not as detailed.
The Director of Customers and Community provided the Committee with an update on the Capital Project – Commemoration of the Fallen from the Maldon District. This update included a revised sketch of the proposed scheme. Members were advised that alternative funding streams had been looked into but there was no certainty at this time if they would come to fruition. A debate ensued regarding this project and in response to questions the Director of Customers and Community provided Members with further information. Some concerns were raised regarding the revised scheme and in response to a suggestion to include a shelter in the scheme Members were informed that this could be investigated.
Following further debate Councillor Miss M R Lewis proposed that the allocated capital for this project be reduced to £25,000 with match funding.
Councillor A S Fluker commented that the Community Services Committee were responsible for the design of the project. He then proposed that the Capital Project – Commemoration of the Fallen from the Maldon District be removed from the budget, referred back to the Community Services Committee and that Officers be requested to go out to the commercial sector.
Councillor B S Beale declared a non-pecuniary interest in this item of business as his father had been killed in the war. He commented on Members’ discussion regarding the funding for this project and highlighted the importance of what the memorial would be commemorating.
Councillor Miss Lewis withdrew her earlier proposition and seconded that of Councillor Fluker.
The Chairman then put the proposal in the name of Councillor Fluker to the vote and upon a vote being taken this was agreed. Councillor Beale requested that his vote against this proposal be recorded.
In response to a question regarding the CCTV updated, the Director of Customers and Community advised that this was a phased programme of works to upgrade CCTV a result of which could lead to further cost savings.
(i) That the contents of the Quarter Three 2017 / 18 Capital outturn table be noted;
(ii) That the Capital Project – Commemoration of the Fallen from the Maldon District be removed from the Capital Programme and referred back to the Community Services Committee;
(iii) That the Capital Programme for 2018 / 19 to 2021 / 22, as amended above, attached at APPENDICES 3 and 4 to these Minutes, be approved.