Councillors Gardiner, Coan, Dalzell, Gray, Lowe and Wood
A Keppel-Green (Town Clerk)
A23/015 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Apologies were received from Cllr Banks and Watson (personal business).
A23/016 DECLARATIONS OF MEMBERS’ INTERESTS
Cllrs Gardiner, Gray and Woods declared a personal interest in A23/029 on the grounds of being customers of tenants.
A23/017 PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
No members of the public were present.
A23/018 CONFIRMATION OF PREVIOUS MINUTES
It was RESOLVED to confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 26th June.
A23/019 REVIEW OF YEAR-TO-DATE INCOME AND EXPENDITURE
The financial position year to date was noted.
A23/020 REVIEW OF PUBLIC TOILET USAGE
The committee reviewed public toilet usage figures since the introduction of contactless payments and the increased usage fee, noting that there had been no reduction in usage to date.
A23/021 PURCHASE OF TIPPING TRAILER
It was requested that an item be tabled at a future meeting on the disposal of green waste.
It was RESOLVED to recommend to Full Council that it authorise the purchase of a tipping trailer from the capital receipts reserve.
A23/022 COUNCIL OFFICES CYCLE PARKING
It was RESOLVED that the Town Clerk explore additional locations for the installation of a cycle shelter in the grounds of the Council Offices, including at the front of the building and the land between the drive and library gardens; that the requirements for listed building consent and planning permission be further explored and that the next report include illustrations of options.
A23/023 STRATEGIC PLAN
Progress on delivery of agreed actions was noted.
A23/024COMMITTEE SERVICE FEES 2024/25
It was RESOLVED to approve the fees as set out in report A-23-07.
A23/025 COMMITTEE BUDGET 2024/25
It was RESOLVED to approve the draft budget as presented.
A23/026 QUESTIONS TO THE TOWN CLERK
The Town Clerk responded to questions advising the council’s budget process commences in late July and is not an inconsiderable task and that the Planning and Facilities Officer was exploring the installation of the Macmillan garden at the cemetery, seeking support from contractors to help with the landscaping.
A23/027 OUTSTANDING MATTERS LOG
The log was noted.
A23/028 DATE OF THE NEXT MEETING
To note that the next scheduled meeting will be held on 13th November.
A23/029 COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES RENT REVIEW 2023
It was RESOLVED to to exclude the public and press on the grounds that publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted.
It was RESOLVED to limit the 2023 rent reviews to a maximum increase of 5%.