Final budget proposals from Torbay’s Elected Mayor, Gordon Oliver, have been published. The budget includes proposals for service change, income generation and efficiencies in 2019/2020.

The budget proposals comes after a public consultation and recommendations from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. There have been severel changes to the mayors proposals since the draft publication.

Recommendations have been made to:

  • Funding the reactive maintenance lined to the routine inspections of playgrounds at existing levels.
  • Keep the registration service in its current locations
  • Maintain the capacity of the Senior Leadership Team at existing levels.

Recommendations have also been made to delay the following implementations for 6 months:

  • Illuminations – to give enough time to raise sponsorship or finding alternative funding sources for illuminations in Torbay.
  • Contract Savings in Natural Environment: to explore if alternative arrangements can be found with local communities and communicate clearly as to exact the impact of the reductions is.
  • Reduction to grant funding for the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust, enabling marketing testing of the works and further negotiations with the Trust.

Recommendations have been made to amend the following:

  • Highways – Increase the reduction in this budget and offset it with the current year’s underspend.

Although Torbay’s Elected Mayor can make proposals the final budget will be decided on the 7th February 2019.

If there are any objections then a decision will be deferred until the 21st February 2019, which will see the final budget decided upon.

Further details surrounding the budget proposals put forward by the Mayor Can be seen here.

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