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Fees & Charges 2022/23

Meeting: 15/12/2021 - Cabinet (Item 57)

57 Fees & Charges 2022/23

This report focuses on the proposed fees and charges for 2022/23 which will contribute towards meeting the council’s 2022/23 budget objectives and Medium Term Financial Strategy.

 

The Council’s Fees and Charges Policy was revised and agreed by Cabinet on 15 November 2017 (Report C/17/54).

 

Supporting documents:

Minutes:

The report focussed on the proposed fees and charges for 2022/23 which will contribute towards meeting the council’s 2022/23 budget objectives and Medium Term Financial Strategy.

 

The Council’s Fees and Charges Policy was revised and agreed by Cabinet on 15 November 2017 (Report C/17/54).

 

Councillor Prater sought clarification under the Discretionary Fees and Charges 2022/23 with regard to Town Centre Commercial Booking, in that there is a need to be explicit that this charge is not applicable to charities.  He proposed an amendment in that Hythe Swimming Pool Off Peak charge is reinstated as he thought it was unreasonable for swimmers at off peak times to be charged at the standard rate. 

 

Officers provided members with usage figures for Hythe Swimming Pool pre and post pandemic and commented that there would only be a small impact to income if off peak charges remained for 2022/23. 

 

Councillor Prater turned to parking charges at Castle Road and Wilberforce Road in Sandgate and proposed that the increase in charges for up to two hours is reduced to £1.20.  This proposal was not seconded. 

 

Proposed by Councillor Tim Prater

Seconded by Councillor Lesley Whybrow; and

 

Resolved: 

That the off-peak fee for swimming at Hythe Swimming Pool is reinstated under Discretionary Fees and Charges 2022/23. 

 

(Voting: For 6; Against 0; Abstentions 3)

 

Proposed by Councillor David Monk

Seconded by Councillor Mrs Jenny Hollingsbee; and

 

Resolved:

1.         To receive and note report C/21/55.

2.         To approve:

(i) The 2022/23 fees and charges which are set at the discretion of the council for the General Fund and Housing Revenue Account, as outlined in Appendix 2;

(ii) The parking charges in Appendix 3;

(iii) The statutory charges subject to discretionary charges in Appendix 4.

 

(Voting: For 8; Against 0; Abstentions 1)

 

Reason for Decision:

Cabinet agreed the recommendations set out because the fees and charges are essential to support the delivery of the MTFS and Budget Strategy.