To review capital bids for the committee’s areas of responsibility.
It was noted that the capital bid for a Development Manager had been withdrawn because it had been accounted for in the current year’s Capital Budget.
There was discussion about the scope of the projects, including whether each could be modified, and the degree of consultation to be held ward councillors. There was also discussion about whether the values attributed to each bid represented value for money, although further information was needed to assist these considerations. Some projects would also be supported by grant funding and the proposed budgets needed to incorporate a degree of contingency to allow for survey findings and any remedial works (such as the decontamination of land).
The Committee agreed that all of the proposed capital expenditure projects be considered at the meeting on 7 February 2022, subject to there being additional information provided on:
1. The associated ongoing revenue costs for each item.
2. Any external funding bids linked to proposed capital expenditure (where applicable).
3. How bid amounts had been calculated.