Item which the Chairman has decided is urgent by virtue of the reason to allow the schemes to proceed


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Appendix 1 to the report set out the details of the financial progress on the above Programme as at 31st August 2014.  For all schemes where it was evident that the full year’s budget would not be spent during the year, the relevant officers were required to provide an explanation for the shortfall and this should be taken to the earliest available meeting of the Cabinet. 


In addition to the above, Appendix 2 provided non-financial information on capital construction schemes with a budget of over £100,000 and where a budget shown in Appendix 1 was more than £100,000, but is made up of several schemes that individually were less than £100,000, these schemes were not included in Appendix 2.


Of those schemes reported these related to Development Service Services and related to the following:


·                S106 Paget Road to Penarth Portway Woodland Path – following the completion of the required consultation process it had been agreed that up to £40,000 of the Penarth Heights S106 monies could be used to re-establish the footpath link between Paget Road and Penarth Marina.  Cabinet had been requested to approve the inclusion of this scheme in its Capital Programme.

·                Barry Island Light Art Commission – the Arts Council of Wales had approved a grant in the amount of £50,000 for an artist designed lighting scheme in the ceiling of Eastern Shelter, Barry Island.  Cabinet would also be requested to approve the inclusion of this scheme in its Capital Programme.


In regard to variances between actual spend to date and profiled spend to date, the following was reported:


·                Disabled Facilities Grants – there was a variance between profiled budget and actual spend due to the profiled budget being based on historical patterns of spend, however, changes to processes within the service in 2014/15 had led to a more consistent pattern of approvals and spend throughout the financial year.

·                Local Road Network Improvements – this scheme had been subject to delay during the current financial year, however £200,000 had been committed during September and a full spend was still projected in the current financial year.

·                WHQS Works – there was likely to be a variance in the WHQS expenditure as the extent of the works required in a property was not known until the works commenced.  In addition, less had been spent than was projected for Rewire schemes, Kitchen Replacements, Bathroom works and schemes in Non Traditional Properties.  More had been spent than was projected for Central Heating works and General Improvement schemes, the total budget accordingly was unaffected.  The allocation of the WHQS budget would be reviewed as part of the forthcoming Housing Business Plan. 


Having regard to the above and related issues, it was


RECOMMENDED – T H A T the inclusion of the undermentioned schemes be endorsed and referred to the Cabinet for approval:


·                S106 Paget Road to Penarth Portway Woodland Path – increase the Capital Programme by £40,000 funded by Penarth Heights S106 monies

·                Barry Island Light Art Commission – increase the Capital Programme by £50,000 Grant Funding from Arts Council Wales to fund this scheme.


Reason for recommendation


To allow schemes to proceed in the current or future financial years.”





Attached as Appendix – Report to Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources): 15th October 2014