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To receive any apologies for absence.
It was noted that apologies for absence had been received from Councillors T A Bartlett and D P Murphy.
Declarations of Interest PDF 55 KB
To receive any declarations of interest from Members in respect of business to be transacted on the agenda.
There were no declarations of interest.
Record of Decisions PDF 178 KB
The decisions of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 6 February 2023 numbered CAB 80 to CAB 90 (inclusive) are attached.
It was agreed that the decisions of the meeting held on 6 February 2023, as detailed in decision numbers CAB 80 to CAB 90, be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
Council Budget 2023/24 and Medium-Term Financial Plan 2023/24-2026/27 PDF 2 MB
To consider the report of the Strategic Director (Finance and Housing) (to follow).
Responsibility: Portfolio Holder for Finance, Governance, Digital and Climate Change
(a) It was agreed:
(i) That the Overview and Scrutiny Committee’s endorsement of CAB 86, made at its meeting held on 20 February 2023 (Minute No 84), be acknowledged.
(ii) That, subject to Council approving the 2023/24 budget, the grants to other organisations, as set out in Annex 9, be approved as follows:
Grants to Concessionary Rentals 2023/24 - £30,005
Various grants towards rentals/lease charges:
Sandwich Tennis Club - £50
Aylesham Parish Council - £75
Dover Bowling Club - £225
Victoria Park Bowling Club - £225
Deal & Walmer Angling Club - £325
Capel-le-Ferne Parish Council - £450
Dover Rugby Football Club - £1,225
Dover Rugby Football Club - £1,750
Dover Athletic Football Club - £2,500
Dover Athletic Football Club - £8,000
Dover Citizens’ Advice Bureau - £11,800
Cross Links - £3,250
Financial Assistance Payments to Other Outside Bodies:
Your Leisure - £110,390
(Budget for Tides Leisure Centre, increased by 10%)
Pegasus Playscheme - £1,500
Provision of a playscheme for children with disabilities
Age Concern - £1,500
Provision of area office services
Kent County Council - £3,000
Contribution to Sports Partnership
Gazen Salts Nature Reserve - £4,500
To assist in managing and maintaining the reserve
Sandwich Town Cricket Club - £19,552
To assist the club in defraying its expenditure in managing, maintaining and improving the recreation grounds at The Butts and Gazen Salts.
Dover Outreach Centre - £10,000
Grant towards the Winter Shelter costs
Dover Rugby Club - £12,600
For grounds maintenance at Crabble Athletic Ground
Victoria Bowls - £1,000
Contribution towards running expenses
Dover Bowling Club - £1,000
Grant towards grounds maintenance at Dover Bowling Green
Dover Citizens’ Advice Bureau - £107,000
£97,000 core funding grant including £10,000 from Housing Revenue Account, plus £8,500 full service charge contribution and £1,500 for other potential services
Neighbourhood Forums - £22,500
Grant to support voluntary and community organisations
Deal Town Council - £5,000
Astor Theatre grant
Action with Communities in Rural Kent - £3,500
Contribution to rural housing
(iii) That the various Cabinet recommendations produced at the end of the sections within the budget and Medium-Term Financial Plan (MTFP) and summarised in Annex 10 to Appendix 1 of the report be approved.
(b) It was agreed that it be recommended to Council:
(i) That the General Fund Revenue Budget, the Capital and Special Projects Programmes, the Housing Revenue Account Budget, the Council Tax Resolution and the content of the MTFP be approved.
(ii) That the Strategic Director (Finance and Housing), in consultation with the Portfolio Holder for Finance, Governance, Digital and Climate Change, be authorised to draw on the Earmarked Smoothing Reserve to meet in-year variations in the budget.
(iii) That a Council Tax increase of 2.98% for Dover District Council purposes be approved, resulting in an increase on Band D properties of £6.03 per year and an annual Dover District Council Council Tax of £208.17.
(iv) That it be noted that it is the view of the Strategic Director (Finance and Housing) (Section 151 Officer) that, having due regard to the circumstances ... view the full minutes text for item 33.