Decision details

Medium Term Financial Strategy, Budget and Council Tax 2020/21

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


A)   That the actions and feedback from The Scrutiny Committee as set out in Appendix 1 to report CAB3228 be noted.


B)   That Cabinet recommend that Council:


1.            Approve the medium term financial strategyas set out in report CAB3211.


2.            Agree the General Fund Budget for 2020/21, updated forecast for 2019/20, and the summary as shown in Appendix A of report CAB3211.


3.            Support the investment proposals set out in section 17 of report CAB3211, including:

a.    £50,000 per annum to fund additional parking enforcement officers;

b.    An annual provision of £350,000 to the parking reserve to fund additional park and ride initiatives and support investment in other transport and public transport related services;

c.    £247,000 to implement a full survey of all council trees and fund associated remedial works (net impact of £84,000 on the general fund, with the remaining costs met from Winchester Town Account and the Housing Revenue Account for trees within the control of those budgets);

d.    One off provision of £105,000 to support feasibility studies and building survey work for the central Winchester regeneration project;

e.    That £750,000, funded from the transitional reserve, be approved to fund the implementation of the Carbon Neutrality Action Plan with further details of specific proposals to be reported to Cabinet in June 2020;

f.     That one-off provision of £500,000, funded from the transitional reserve be made to support the transformation proposals set out in the medium term financial strategy, with specific proposals to be reported to cabinet later in 2020.


4.            Approve the savings proposals set out in section 18 of report CAB3211, including:

a.    The implementation of an enhanced garden waste service from February 2021, with further details on the proposal including the charging arrangements being reported to Cabinet in June 2020;

b.    The closure of public conveniences at Middlebrook St and Worthy Lane, Winchester.


5.            Approve the proposals for changes to parking charges, as set out in section 19 of report CAB3211:

a.    Parking charges (with the exception of (Park and Ride charges) be increased by 3% (rounded to the nearest 10p);

b.    That a “flat rate” charge of £2 be introduced on Sundays in all “central” car parks, the access to which all fall within the City’s Air Quality Management Area. These include:

                            i.  The Brooks

                          ii.  Middlebrook St

                         iii.  Colebrook St

                         iv.  Friarsgate

                          v.  Guildhall Yard

                         vi.  Jewry St

                        vii.  Cossack Lane

                      viii.  Upper Brook St

                         ix.  St Peters St

                          x.  Tower St

                         xi.  Gladstone St

c.    That weekday charging period for the “central” Air Quality Management Area car parks be extended to 7pm for a pilot 6 month period;

d.    That daily Park and Ride charges be increased by 50p;

e.    That discounted parking charges for weekly and monthly season tickets at Cattle market and Worthy lane car parks be removed;

f.     That a revised Parking Investment programme be brought back to Cabinet by September 2020 with detailed proposals for additional investment in transport related services;

g.    That all parking related changes set out above, be implemented with effect from July or as soon as practicable thereafter;

h.    That, subject to contract, park and ride bus services be extended in the evenings and introduced on Sundays from the St Catherines Park and Ride site.


6.            Confirm the policy as previously agreed by the Council on 14 July 1999 (min 186 refers) to treat all expenses of the Council as General Expenses other than those specifically identified and itemised in the Winchester Town Account.  In consequence of which the sum of £1,006,776 be treated as Special Expenses under Section 35 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 in respect of the Winchester Town area, Appendix D.


7.            Approve the Council Tax for the Special Expenses in the Winchester Town area at Band D for 2020/21 be increased in line with the Town Forum recommendation.


8.            Approve the total deficit balance on the Council Tax Collection Fund calculated in January 2020 of £144,278, £18,676 for this Council


9.            Approve that the level of Council Tax at Band D for City Council services for 2020/21 be increased by 3% to £143.09.



Wards Affected: (All Wards);

Contact: Darren Kennedy, Principal Management Accountant Email:

Report author: Darren Kennedy

Publication date: 12/02/2020

Date of decision: 12/02/2020

Decided at meeting: 12/02/2020 - Cabinet

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