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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 23/11/2004
Draft Capital Programme 2005/2006



Summary & Purpose
The report puts forward proposals for the draft 2005/2006 Three-Year Capital Programme in respect of the General Fund services within the remit of this Committee. The views of the Committee are sought, particularly regarding schemes within the draft 2005/2006 Programme.

Quality of Life Implications
Natural Resource Use
Pollution Prevention and Control
Biodiversity and Nature
Local Environment
Social Inclusion
Safe Communities
Local Economy
Natural
Resource Use
Pollution
Prevention and Control
Biodiversity
and Nature
Local
Environment
Social
Inclusion
Safe, Healthy
and Active
Communities
Local
Economy
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive
Positive



E-Government implications:

The draft Programme contains proposals for implementing E-Government.

Resource and legal implications:

There are no specific legal implications as a result of this report. Resource implications are contained throughout the report.

Introduction

1. Each year, the Council reviews its three-year Capital Programme and in particular agrees the provisions to be included within the Budget for the year ahead. The overall parameters for the Capital Programme are set out within the Council’s Financial Strategy. Proposals from officers for 2005/2006 are attached for consideration by Members. The Planning Portfolio is shown at Annexe 1, the Environment Portfolio and an explanatory note at Annexe 2 and the Leisure Portfolio is shown at Annexe 3 with an explanatory note. These will be the subject of initial consideration by the Executive on 7th December 2004, further consideration during January and final confirmation by Council on 22nd February 2005.

Draft 2005/2006 Capital Programme

2. The draft 2005/2006 Capital Programme is based on the three-year Capital Programme as agreed within the existing Financial Strategy. It also includes any slippage from 2004/2005 where this seems likely to occur. Further schemes, which are additional to the existing three-year capital programme but in accordance with Waverley’s Capital Strategy, have been included with the draft Programme.

3. The Information Technology programme is in accordance with Waverley’s statement under the Implementing Electronic Government Initiative. Waverley has been awarded grants of 200,000 in 2002/2003 and 2003/2004 and 350,000 in 2004/2005 to facilitate the implementation of this initiative. However, the maximum grant available for 2005/2006 will be 150,000.

4. Initial proposals for the 2005/2006 Capital Programme amounted to 5 million. Since the Finance Seminar, the Chief Officer Group has given careful consideration to the proposals and the total Programme presented to the Overview and Scrutiny Committees has been reduced to 3.9 million. However the resources identified within the Financial Strategy amount to only 2.7million. Therefore, there will be a need for selection of priority schemes to be progressed in 2005/2006. The Committee is requested to indicate any relative priorities it would wish to see attached to specific schemes.

Three-Year Capital Programme

5. The new three-year Capital Programme includes the year 2007/2008 and schemes proposed for that year accord with Waverley’s Capital Strategy. At this stage, proposals for 2006/2007 and 2007/2008 are considerably in excess of resources currently allocated within Waverley’s Financial Strategy. Although there is scope for additional resources to become available in future years, there are likely to be further competing demands on these including the possible need to finance an affordable homes programme.

6. Currently, the Capital Programme includes an overall annual provision of 300,000 for Matched-Funding schemes. The continuation of the annual provision at this level beyond 2006/7 would be subject to additional resources being allocated for this purpose.

Recommendation

It is recommended that the Committee inform the Executive of its views on the draft Capital Programme for the services within its remit, including any relative priorities it would wish to see attached to specific schemes.
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Background Papers (DoF)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.
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Contact Officer: Mr B.C. Long Telephone: 01483 523253
E-mail: blong@waverley.gov.uk
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