This report seeks approval following a review of fees and charges for various Environment, Housing and Regeneration, Chief Executive and Resource Directorate services. The report provides details of existing charges and proposed increases for services.
Scott Funnell, Head of Environment Strategy, introduced the report.
Councillor Penneck commented that library charges will remain fixed and expressed gratitude to library staff, particularly Madeline Barratt for her service as Head of Libraries, Heritage and Arts in maintaining quality library provisions.
Referring to the charge of issuing a skip licence (14 day duration), Councillor Shields questioned how much this costs the council. Sue Marwood, Team Leader, Highway Operations explained that the costs of processing a skip application equates to £78.35 based on a straightforward application.
Councillor Dwight raised concerns regarding the justification for the proposed increase to green garden waste if the service was not acceptable. The Assistant Director, Environment Commissioning explained that within the Veolia contract there was a contractual obligation to increase some charges, such as green garden waste, in line with indexation amount and if there are instances where residents experience a level of service which is not acceptable this will be investigated accordingly and subscription extensions applied at no extra cost.
Councillor Shields questioned the quantity of fixed penalty notices issued for fly tipping, Officers responded that they would provide figures outside of committee.
RESOLVED: that the charges for 2019/20 for the following services - Libraries, Heritage & Art Services, Regulatory Services, Sports and Leisure Management, Registration Services, Shared Highways and Transport, Bulky Waste including fridges, Green Garden Waste, Trade Waste, Parks and Cemeteries, Biodiversity and Sutton Life Centre be agreed.