PADDOCK WOOD TOWN COUNCIL
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MINUTES OF A MEETING OF THE PADDOCK WOOD TOWN COUNCILS FINANCE COMMITTEE HELD ON MONDAY 09 JANUARY 2023 AT 7.45 P.M. IN THE DAY CENTRE, COMMERCIAL ROAD, PADDOCK WOOD
Cllrs Present: H. Atkins, R. Atkins, M. Flashman, R. Moon, M. Ridger & C. Williams
Also Present: K. Bell (Locum Clerk), T. Maxwell (RFO) & C. Smith (Estates Manager)
Members of the Public Present: 4
Cllr Flashman opened the meeting and welcomed all present
F27 APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCES: There were none
F28 DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST: There were none
F29.1 Meeting held on 12 December 2022: It was proposed, seconded and:
RESOLVED: To approve the minutes from the meeting as an accurate record of those proceedings. Unanimous
F29.2 Update on Matters Arising from the Previous Meeting: There were none.
F30 BANK AND CASH BALANCES: It was reported that the balances at 31 December 2022 were £1,017,259.71.
F31 FEES and TARIFFS
F31.1 Cemetery Charges: Following a discussion, it was proposed, seconded and:
RESOLVED: That the charges be agreed as per the attached schedule. By Majority
Cllr Moon left the meeting. After a short suspension in proceedings, the meeting continued.
F31.2 Elm Tree: Following a discussion, it was proposed, seconded and:
RESOLVED: That pitch fees would increase by 11.1% i.e., the November 2022 CPI Unanimous
F31.3 Allotments: Following a discussion, it was proposed, seconded and:
RESOLVED: That the matter would be deferred to the Estates Committee who would be asked to make recommendations for consideration. Unanimous
F32 BUDGET: The RFO and Locum Clerks were thanked for preparing thorough and comprehensive budget papers for members consideration. The RFO presented the budget and members considered the following options.
Option A Not opening the Community Centre
Budget requirement £680,456
Option B Opening the Community Centre
Budget requirement £757,956
Following a discussion, it was proposed by Cllr. H. Atkins, seconded by Cllr. R. Atkins and:
RESOLVED: That the Finance Committee did not recommend a budget and the matter went straight to full council for consideration
For 2 Against 3 Motion Failed
It was further proposed by Cllr. Flashman, seconded Cllr. Williams and
RESOLVED: To recommend that council approve Option B with a budgetary requirement of £757,956.
For 3 Against 2 Motion Carried
It was further
RESOLVED: That TWBC would be asked to clarify the Band D equivalents for 2023/2024.
F33 ACQUISITON OF ESTATES VAN: Following a discussion, it was proposed, seconded and:
RESOLVED: That Council would be asked to approve a budget of £15,000 spread over 3 years to purchase a suitable vehicle. It was noted that this decision did not mean that an EV vehicle would not be purchased at some time in the future. Unanimous
F34 Matters for Consideration in Private
F34.1 Scallywags Charges. Deferred pending an examination of the lease.
F35 DATE OF NEXT MEETING: TBC
There being no additional business, the meeting concluded at 8.51 p.m.
These minutes are not verbatim, but a summary of discussions and decisions made at the meeting
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