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Issue - meetings

Budget 2011/12

Meeting: 22/02/2011 - Council (Item 85)

85 Wiltshire Council's Business Plan and 2011/12 Budget

To consider the Leader’s motion on the Business Plan and Financial Plan for 2011-15 and the Budget and council tax levels for 2011/12 following the recommendations of Cabinet  from its meeting on 15 February 2011.


Report of the Chief Executive is attached.


The report of the Special meeting of the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Select Committees held on 10 February to discuss the Business Plan, Financial Plan and budget proposals will be circulated.


The following reports are attached:

(some of these reports were previously circulated with the Financial Plan, these have been reproduced in this Summons for ease of reference)

Supporting documents:


Declarations of interest


Cllr Dalton declared a personal and prejudicial interest in this item in so far as it related to the setting of garage rents as referred to in the proposals concerning the Housing Revenue Account by virtue of the fact that he held a garage tenancy. Cllr Dalton left the meeting during consideration of that element of the budget.


The following Councillors declared personal interests by virtue of their membership of the undermentioned Housing Associations:


  • Selwood Housing Association - Cllrs Rod Eaton, Graham Payne, Jon Hubbard and Ernie Clark.


  • Sarsen Housing Association - Cllr Nigel Carter


  • Westleigh Housing Association - Cllr Allison Bucknell


  • Jephson Housing Association – Cllr Peter Fuller



Cllr Tony Trotman declared a personal interest in the leisure review proposals by virtue of his professional capacity.


Cllr Richard Beattie declared a personal interest by virtue of his membership of the Visit Wiltshire Partnership.


Cllrs Steve Oldrieve and Howard Marshall declared an interest by virtue of their respective wives being employed by the Council.


CllrJulie Swabey, declared a personal interest by virtue of being related to an officer of the Council.




Public Participation


Mr Kevin Wells on behalf of the Board of Directors of the Calne Leisure Centre sought reassurance over continued funding of the Leisure Centre by the Council to ensure its continued success. Cllr Stuart Wheeler, Cabinet member for Leisure, Sport and Culture confirmed that subject to the budget being approved at this meeting as presented, funding for Calne Leisure Centre would be continued.




The Chairman invited Council to consider the Business Plan and Financial Plan for 2011-15 and to agree the Council’s Budget and the Council Tax levels for 2011-12. He reminded Council that it had a legal obligation to set a budget.


The Chairman explained how he intended to manage the debate on the budget item as summarised by the previously circulated paper on the Budget Process.


The Chairman drew Councillors’ attention to the various budget papers which had been previously circulated, including the Council’s Business Plan and Financial Plan as revised.  He also referred to the following budget reports as previously considered and recommended by Cabinet as circulated on the:


  • Capital programme 2011-12 to 2014-2015
  • Housing Revenue Account Budget and Rent Setting 2011-12
  • Schools Budget Proposals 2011-12
  • Fees and Charges 2011-2012
  • Council Tax Resolution 2011-2012


All as recommended by Cabinet at its meeting on 15 February 2011.


  • Treasury Management Strategy 2011-12


As recommended by Cabinet at its meeting on 25 January 2011.


The Chairman also drew attention to the report of the Joint Overview and Scrutiny Select Committee held on 10 February 2011.


The Chairman explained the order in which he would invite Councillors to speak on the budget and the time allowed for group leaders and other members of the Council.


The Chairman invited Cllr Scott, Leader of the Council to present her budget speech which was circulated at the meeting and attached as Appendix B to these minutes.


The Leader explained that in her opinion, the proposed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 85




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