City council nearly half a million over budget

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SALISBURY City Council is set to run almost half a million pounds over budget this year.

A large part of the predicted £467,211 overspend is due to two major projects taking longer to complete than planned – the Market Place and crematorium refurbishments.

The final figures will not be known until the end of the financial year, but the latest predictions have almost tripled since the previous report in November, when officers predicted an overspend of about £160,000.

A report to the city council’s policy and resources committee on Monday night showed the predicted drop in income from the Charter Market due to the refurbishment now looks as if it will be £96,220.

The Wiltshire Council project took longer than expected so had a greater impact on the income to the city council from rent paid by stallholders as the city council gave the market traders a 25 per cent discount during the work.

The work was expected to finish last September but was not completed until last month.

Deputy clerk Annie Child said the market is now picking up again and traders are coming back.

Much needed work to refurbish the city’s crematorium and replace its cremators to bring it in line with EU regulations on mercury abatement was also delayed after English Heritage listed the building at the last minute.

The move meant the council had to go through the process of getting planning permission again, delaying the start of the work so that it had to take place during the crematorium’s busier time of year.

The council also has to pay about £30,000 in CAMEO (Crematoria Abatement of Mercury Emissions Organisation) fines for non-abated cremation that took place last year. In total, the predicted loss of income from the crematorium has now risen to £280,417.

Ms Child said: “Since the new crematorium opened things are picking up already and all the funeral directors and mourners are delighted with the new facilities. “It’s unfortunate that both these things happened in the same year but things are improving now.”

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4:34pm Wed 5 Mar 14

tnediser says...

There seem to be a lot of surplus materials from the market refurbishment still in the Central Car Park compound. Perhaps someone over ordered? If these were to be returned or sold this would help the deficit!!
There seem to be a lot of surplus materials from the market refurbishment still in the Central Car Park compound. Perhaps someone over ordered? If these were to be returned or sold this would help the deficit!! tnediser
  • Score: 2

7:48pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Friend of the People says...

I take it that the Conservatives are in charge there. Where are they going to get the required extra money from.? What is the state of the reserves? What is the stance of the opposition?
I take it that the Conservatives are in charge there. Where are they going to get the required extra money from.? What is the state of the reserves? What is the stance of the opposition? Friend of the People
  • Score: -1

9:40pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Hils11 says...

What do you mean not completed until last month? It is still not completed workmen and barriers still there when I walked through the market place today!
What do you mean not completed until last month? It is still not completed workmen and barriers still there when I walked through the market place today! Hils11
  • Score: 5

10:46am Thu 6 Mar 14

Richard Clewer says...

The work today on the Market is snagging dealing with some pooling of water and making sure the drainage works.

The surplus stock is there to make sure we have both a stock pile of material for any repairs (Utility Companies can require access to lay cables in law and we need a stockpile to respond to that if it happens). A typical stockpile should be atleast 10% of the material required for the inital works. The material will be moved to the depot shortly.

The City Council has no overall political control. At the choice of leader last year it was a Lib/Lab/Green/Indepe
ndent selection. The budget was carried through by a Conservative/Green/I
ndependent vote. The budget included an increase in the City Council Precept which will put the Council Finances on a Stable footing for the next few years atleast. The other groups opposed the budget as passed.

While talking about the Market Place there have been some comments about the Toilets not being re-furbished. It was never part of the plan to re-furbish the toilets. The above ground element was re-clad. We also did some work to put in a waterproof course (it was found that there was no waterproof course on the old toilets).
The work today on the Market is snagging dealing with some pooling of water and making sure the drainage works. The surplus stock is there to make sure we have both a stock pile of material for any repairs (Utility Companies can require access to lay cables in law and we need a stockpile to respond to that if it happens). A typical stockpile should be atleast 10% of the material required for the inital works. The material will be moved to the depot shortly. The City Council has no overall political control. At the choice of leader last year it was a Lib/Lab/Green/Indepe ndent selection. The budget was carried through by a Conservative/Green/I ndependent vote. The budget included an increase in the City Council Precept which will put the Council Finances on a Stable footing for the next few years atleast. The other groups opposed the budget as passed. While talking about the Market Place there have been some comments about the Toilets not being re-furbished. It was never part of the plan to re-furbish the toilets. The above ground element was re-clad. We also did some work to put in a waterproof course (it was found that there was no waterproof course on the old toilets). Richard Clewer
  • Score: 3

9:53pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Morello says...

I'll get in first this time to remind them they're a Parish Council. 'nuf said.
I'll get in first this time to remind them they're a Parish Council. 'nuf said. Morello
  • Score: 2

8:34am Sat 8 Mar 14

karlmarx says...

Yes, we are aware that our council tax is going up and, the reasons why now.
Yes, we are aware that our council tax is going up and, the reasons why now. karlmarx
  • Score: 4

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