Budget consultation 2022/23 - additional information

Q2.  The revenue budget provides £717k ongoing, annual investment in the following priority areas, are you supportive of these investments?

Investment

Additional Information

£28k investment in asset management staffing

Additional resources for the Asset Management service, which is responsible for maintaining Council owned assets and infrastructure. This additional funding will address workload pressures and issues within the service

£44k loss of rental income arising from the sale of assets to generate capital receipts

Loss of ongoing rental income arising from the sale of assets (primarily agricultural holdings). The sale of assets will generate an estimated £3.3m in capital receipts to support the Council’s capital spending plans.

£32k Climate Change Officer

Provision of ongoing funding to support the appointment of a full time climate change officer following the expiry of the existing fixed term contract. The current budget provides for 0.5 post, however this base budget will uplift the provision to the equivalent of 1 FTE. 

 

The post will be responsible for:

  • Delivering a more sustainable future with the aim of achieving the Council’s net zero carbon pledge by 2030 and ecological emergency action plan.

 

  • Lead on the delivery of the Council’s Climate Change Action Plan.

 

  • Manage and deliver a range of projects and programmes to align businesses, public sector organisations and others working in the borough to reduce their carbon emissions and become carbon neutral by 2030.

 

  • Drive climate change mitigation activity across all of the Council.

 

  • Develop a range of activities that provide support and guidance on reducing CO2 emissions across the organisation and the wider borough of Scarborough.

 

  • Represent the Council at local, regional and national level in respect of climate change activity, policy development and influencing.

 

This post is key to enable the Council to move forwards with its aspirations around climate change and deliver the actions set out in the climate change strategy.

£60k Communications Staffing

Additional resources for the communications and marketing team to explain the work of the council, its investment and regeneration projects and to promote the borough as a destination for visitors and investors.

£40k Community Safety Officer

Additional resources for the Community Safety team, which is responsible for responding to resident concerns about anti-social behaviour, crime, substance misuse and vulnerable people. The increased resource supports a proactive and visible response, building relationships with residents and businesses to improve trust and confidence. To support the wider regeneration objectives of the council by enabling more resource to be focused on the town centre areas.

£63k Investment to take forward the cultural strategy

Creation of a Cultural Strategy Officer to assist in taking forward the Cultural Strategy, which was approved by Full Council in November 2021 (report ref 21/166) and can be found here for reference

£30k Business and Destination Development and Liaison Officer

The Business and Destination Development & Liaison Officer is an existing post, currently funded from one-off resources. The provision of baseline funding will allow activities to be continued over the longer term. The post will be responsible for:

 

  • Supporting the development and delivery of destination management plans working closely with key stakeholders and businesses to ensure the towns provide a safe, clean and welcoming environment for visitors and residents.

 

  • Communicating a range of new, improved and expanded business support services to visitor economy and retail sector businesses and ensuring that they are connected and well informed through the development of effective engagement and communication plans

 

  • Referring businesses to the support packages on offer through the York and North Yorkshire Growth Hub as well as the recovery packages on offer by the Council and other key partners.

 

  • Working closely with the Town Team and other bodies in communicating key projects and encouraging two way communication and engagement

£420k capacity funding which will be allocated to progress priority areas as they arise, including the revue budget implications of progressing Towns Fund projects

This budget will be allocated within year to progress priority areas as they arise. Areas may include the revenue budget implications of progressing priority Towns Fund schemes and schemes identified in the recently adopted Masterplans and Blueprints for Scarborough and Whitby, and the emerging Filey Masterplan.

 

Further details on the adopted masterplans can be found here