That the schedule of fees and charges, as set out in Appendix A to the report, be approved to be effective from the dates listed on the schedule.
The Executive considered a report containing a schedule of proposed fees and charges for Council services.
The Executive Member for Economic Development and Finance informed the meeting that the fees and charges were being brought to the Executive earlier than in previous years and this was to enable the majority of them to be enacted sooner thereby increasing revenue which would assist with the Council’s budgetary pressures.
The Executive Member for Environment welcomed bringing the fees and charges at an earlier stage as it allowed for seasonal charges eg fishing licenses to come in at an appropriate time. With regard to fees and charges related to country parks it was noted that extensive benchmarking had been undertaken which had resulted in some prices being decreased, which it was hoped would bring in additional income. Councillor Ross advised that although season tickets had gone up many of them still represented one visit a week over the year so it was believed that they were still good value. In addition it was being considered whether quarterly season tickets could be made available to those people who were seasonal in their use of the country parks.
RESOLVED: That the schedule of fees and charges, as set out in Appendix A to the report, be approved to be effective from the dates listed on the schedule.