This report seeks to gain approval following a review of fees and charges for various Environment, Housing and Regeneration services. The report provides details of existing charges and proposed increases for services.
Scott Funnell, Head of Environment Commissioning, presented the report.
Following the presentation, Members questioned how the Council compared with other boroughs in relation to burial charges. Officers confirmed that the Council is competitive and charges were slightly lower than Merton and Croydon Councils.
Members also enquired as to how many licences the Council had issued for performing animals and zoos. Warren Shadbolt, Executive Head of Safer and Stronger Communities, confirmed the council has to publish all licences issued and would confirm any specific number after the meeting.
Members asked why the Council was incurring increased costs in postage relating to the new European passport return service. Officers confirmed that this was because there was still a legal need to send physical copies to applicants.
With regards to Shared Highways and Transport charges, Members asked how prices in Sutton compared to Kingston. Officers confirmed they would confirm comparative prices after discussions with Kingston Council.
One member commented that their Local Committee allocated funds to Little League football, yet the report detailed increased charges for the Little League pitches. Officers confirmed that the Environment, Housing and Regeneration service needed to ensure fees and charges covered the costs to maintain local pitches, adding that it is at the discretion of each Local Committee as to whether or not to subsidise.
3.1 The increased charges for the following services be approved- Commercial Waste, Bulky Waste, Parks (including Biodiversity), Cemeteries, Highways and Transport, Regulatory Services, Sports and Leisure Management, Registration Service, Libraries, as set out in Appendices A - J, and the Life Centre.
In accordance with Procedure Rule 15.4 Councillor McManus requested that his abstention from the vote be recorded.