Agenda item

EXPENDITURE FROM RESERVES

To consider approving expenditure from reserves as set out below:

 

(a)        Bus shelters

 

To consider the recommendation below made by the Planning and Transport Committee on 21 October 2020:

 

RECOMMENDED to the Policy and Finance Committee that a total of up to £12,000 be drawn down from Earmarked Reserve 920/9056 – Highway Schemes (£29,080) and a further £12,000 to be drawn down from General Reserves for the supply and installation of up to 4 number “Bay Standard Shelters with quarter end panels” to be used in West Street as occasioned by the TRO for the High Street;  As Town Council assets, the shelters to remain located within the parish to ensure ongoing benefit to residents.

 

(b)        Railings

 

To consider the recommendation below made by the Planning and Transport Committee on 21 October 2020:

 

RECOMMENDED to the Policy and Finance Committee that up to £2,000 be drawn down from Earmarked Reserve 920/9056 – Highways Schemes – for railings to surround the flower bed outside Taylors Estate Agents on North Street.

(this land is owned by Central Bedfordshire Council so will be subject to their consent)

 

(c)        Laptop computers

 

To consider approval of expenditure in the amount of £1,258 from earmarked reserve 9060/920 (I.T./Mod.gov, £5000 available) for the purchase of two laptops for staff use, due to home working and distancing requirements arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Minutes:

(a)           The Committee received and considered the recommendation made by the Planning and Transport Committee on 21 October 2020 for the supply and installation of bus shelters in West Street.  The amount to be drawn down from General reserves for the supply and installation of up to 4 bus shelters had been amended from £12,000 to £16,000 with the installation of the first two shelters taking place in the week beginning 16 November and the other two shelters in the week beginning 23 November.

 

A question was raised regarding the size of the shelters and how many they could accommodate during the current coronavirus restrictions.  Highways had advised these shelters would be fit for purpose and once purchased would be Town Council assets to use or relocate as they see fit when the situation arose.

 

Councillor Owen spoke on behalf of the Liberal Democrat Group to reiterate this decision should have been made much earlier in the year.  The bus shelters in the High Street had been disused since the 16 June and after discussions with Central Bedfordshire Council and a time period of 8 weeks nothing had been decided.  At the 24 August Council meeting a motion was presented by the Liberal Democrat Group to request the Town Clerk discussed the provision of bus shelters and benches with Central Bedfordshire Council but the motion was not carried.  A further question was raised at the Council meeting on 28 September 2020 whether any update had been received regarding the bus shelters, but no further installation updates had been received.  The Liberal Democrats felt the people of the town deserved an apology for the confusion and delay in supplying bus shelters in West Street.

 

A further question was raised as to whether the shelters contained real-time display and it was confirmed this was ready for operation. 

 

On voting the recommendation was carried unanimously.

 

RESOLVED that a total of up to £12,000 be drawn down from earmarked Reserve 920/90565 – Highway Schemes (£29,080) and a further £16,000 to be drawn down from General reserves for the supply and installation of up to 4 number ‘Bay Standard Shelters with quarter end panels’ to be used in West Street as occasioned by the TRO for the High Street, as Town Council assets, the shelters to remain located within the parish to ensure ongoing benefit to residents.

 

(b)          The Committee received and considered the recommendation from Planning and Transport Committee on 21 October 2020  that up to £4,000 be drawn down from Earmarked Reserve 920/9056 – Highways Schemes – for railings to surround the flower beds outside Taylors Estate Agents on North Street and on the opposite side.

 

After discussion members agreed these railings should be installed on highway safety grounds, both on the side of Taylors Estate Agents and also on the opposite side to stop people stepping out onto the road.

 

RESOLVED that a total of £4,000 be drawn down from Earmarked Reserve 920/9056 – Highways Schemes – for railings to surround the flower beds outside Taylors Estate Agents on North Street and on the opposite side (subject to permission from Central Bedfordshire Council).

 

(c)          The Committee received and considered a proposal to purchase laptops for staff use, due to home working and distancing requirements arising from the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

RESOLVED that a total of £1,258 from earmarked reserve 9060/920 (IT/Mod.Gov) be drawn down for the purchase of two laptops for staff use, due to home working and distancing requirements.

 

 

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