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Capital Programme 2024-2028

Meeting: 08/02/2024 - Executive (Item 581)

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Decision:

RESOLVED

 

KEY DECISION

That the Executive recommended to Full Council:

 

a)    the General Fund Capital Programme 2024-28 and HRA Capital Programme 2024-28.

 

b)    that Council delegate authority to the Executive Member for Finance and Transformation in consultation with the Executive Director of Finance and Performance (Section 151 Officer) to agree any necessary variations to the capital budget prior to 1st April 2024.

 

 

That the Executive noted:

 

a)    the Development Pool 2024-28 and that schemes within the pool will be subject to further approval prior to inclusion in the programme.

 

Reason for Recommendations: To ensure that the Council complies with its Constitution and legislative requirements in setting the budget for North Northamptonshire Council for 2024-25.

 

Alternative Options Considered - any comments from the consultation have been considered as part of this process.

 

Minutes:

The Chair invited Mr Michael Blissett to address the Executive. Mr Blissett spoke to object to a budget line within the Capital Programme 2024-28 regarding a proposed temporary stopping site for travellers at Junction 3 of the A14 Rothwell. Mr Blissett raised concerns regarding the initial and ongoing costs of the project, the assertion that the site would remain unused for extended periods of time and suggested that the topic had not been sufficiently considered by the Council’s scrutiny function when referred to them following call-in of the initial approval decision. Mr Blissett suggested a number of alternative sites for the development, stating that these would offer a significant cost reduction over the proposal. Mr Blissett concluded by suggesting there was no government requirement for such a site and that the proposal did not offer best value for money.

 

The Chair thanked Mr Blissett for his attendance before inviting Mr Dave Thorley to address the Executive. Mr Thorley also spoke to reference the proposed stopping site and suggested that the site would cost a significant sum that could negatively impact other areas of the Council’s budget and service offer as well as stating that such a site would have implications for the police.

 

The Chair thanked Mr Thorley for his comments before inviting Cllr Jim Hakewill to speak. Cllr Hakewill also spoke in relation to the proposed stopping site and raised concerns at the potential loss of green space, noting that it was not too late to remove the funding line from the Capital Programme. It was suggested that that proposal was likely to consume capital and revenue funds outside of best value criteria that could be directed to mitigate pressures on demand-led services. Cllr Hakewill stated that it was not in the public interest to proceed with the proposal and that 25 pages of comments relating to the site concerned had not been provided to either the Executive of the Scrutiny Management Board as part of their considerations.

 

The Chair then invited Cllr Dorothy Maxwell to address the Executive. Cllr Maxwell referred to village hall grants as well as rural street lighting, SEND capacity and the number of new houses being built by the Council.

 

The Chair thanked Cllr Maxwell for her contribution before inviting Cllr Buckingham to speak on this item. Cllr Buckingham referred to the Corby Towns Fund spend being less than originally stated across its various individual projects.

 

The Chair thanked Cllr Buckingham for her attendance and invited Cllr Joseph Smyth to address the Executive. Cllr Smyth spoke to object to the proposed traveller stopping site in terms of value for money considerations and the strong opposition of Rothwell Town Council. Cllr Smyth queried why the proposal was continuing when the site was unlikely to be utilised regularly and suggested that a lack of proper consultation had been undertaken as well as referencing the destruction of a green space. Cllr Smyth concluded by noting that the Council’s budget was overspent and requested that the project be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 581