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Matter which the Chairman has decided is urgent to ensure Members have the views of Scrutiny Committee in a timely manner

 

Agenda Item No.

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

CABINET: 17TH DECEMBER, 2012

 

REFERENCE FROM SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (CORPORATE RESOURCES): 11TH DECEMBER, 2012

 

“           INITIAL CAPITAL PROGRAMME PROPOSALS 2013/14 (MD) –

 

Appendix A detailed financial progress on the Capital Programme as at 30th September 2012.  Paragraphs 3 to 13 of the report gave details as to various changes in the 2012/13 Capital Programme as outlined in recommendation (2) below, the exception of the inclusion of a £42k. budget in the Capital Programme to fund the purchase of a second mini bus for the Council’s community transport initiative (approved by the Managing Director under delegated authority). 

 

Paragraphs 14 to 18 of the report detailed those variances between actual spend to date and profiled spend where schemes had a value of over £500k. and showed a variance of 20% or more:

 

·                     Penarth Pier – delay in letting the works contract although it was anticipated that full spend would be achieved by year end

·                     Barry Island Footbridge – an initial delay in commencing work on site but anticipated that full spend would be achieved by the end of the financial year

·                     Dyffryn Gardens Refurbishment and National Trust Contribution – delays in the process had been incurred but it was anticipated that a full spend of both budgets would be achieved before the end of the financial year

·                     Leisure Centres Refurbishment – works had now commenced and it was anticipated that a full spend would be achieved by the end of the financial year.

 

As regards 2013/14 Capital Programme, the 2013/14 capital settlement represented a 10% cut in funding over last year’s allocation but no further cut had been identified for 2014/15. 

 

Appendix B to the report set out the proposed Capital Programme for 2013/14 to 2017/18.  It was considered likely that further austerity measures could be introduced between 2015/16 and 2017/18 and, as such, a 10% cut each year had been assumed in Appendix B.  As part of a Budget Review covering the period 2013/14 to 2017/18, the Council would have to look to mitigate the deteriorating situation insofar as it is able by reappraising all schemes and looking to progress only those which were deemed to be a key corporate priority while also seeking to gain assurances that such schemes were delivered on time and within budget.

 

Committee were advised of the decisions of other Scrutiny Committees to the Initial Revenue Budget Proposals, namely:

 

  • Social Care and Health – 3rd December – the Committee asked that Corporate Resources be informed of its concern that the cumulative effect of the substantial nature of the cuts proposed in the report may negatively impact on the provision of services.
  • Economy and Environment – 4th December – noted report.
  • Housing and Public Protection – 6th December – endorsed.
  • Lifelong Learning – 10th December -  agreed report.

 

RECOMMENDED –

 

(1)       T H A T the initial capital budget proposals for 2013/14 be noted together with the comments of all other Scrutiny Committees be submitted to Cabinet.

 

(2)       T H A T the following changes to the 2012/13 Capital Programme be noted:

 

·                     Sub-standard bridges - reduce the 2012/13 budget to nil and carry forward £250k. into 2013/14 and bring £250k. from the 2014/15 budget into 2013/14. This will require Council approval.

·                     B4265 Toucan Crossing - include a £140k budget (funded by a £100k. contribution from the Ministry of Defence and a £40k. virement from the Highway Safety Schemes capital budget).

·                     Traffic Calming Measures, Durell Street, Llantwit Major - include a budget of £11k. (funded from a S106 contribution)

·                     Pont y Werin Cycleway - increase the budget by £25k. (funded from WG grant)

·                     A48 Bus Stop Improvements - increase the budget by £25k. (funded from WG grant)

·                     Railway Walk, Penarth - include a budget of £15k. (funded from WG grant)

·                     Highways Making Better Use Study: Barry Docks Roundabout A4050 / A4231 - include a budget of £10k. (funded from WG grant)

·                     St. Pauls Church - reduce the budget to nil and carry forward £250k. into 2013/14. This will require Council approval.

·                     Disabled Facility Grants - reduce the budget to £1m.

·                     Coronation Street Green Space Improvements - include a budget of £31k. (funded from WG grant).

 

Reasons for recommendations

 

(1)       To allow full consultation on the future Capital Programme.

 

(2)       To amend the Capital Programme.”

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