Voting record

 Council, Tuesday 1st March, 2022 7.00 pm

Item: Hertford Theatre Capital Project - Update on capital scheme budget and financing

Hertford Theatre Capital Project:

Recorded Vote status:Carried

Councillor Alexander Curtis For

Item: Budget 2022/23 and Medium Term Financial Plan 2022-25

Liberal Democrat Amendment 1:

Recorded Vote status:Rejected

1)    In the section on Revenue Budget Proposed Savings and Charges for Residents’ Parking Zones (RPZs), We propose that the new charges should be £60 for the first permit and £110 for the second one, whilst a Full Consultation is  held with all the residents who presently live in these Zones, to ask them if they would consent to a less-costly scheme –(an RPZ-lite) which could possibly be brought in in 2 years’ time when the present contract ends.    

We understand the wish to recover the full cost of the services which the Council runs, but this parking Zone Scheme is enormously expensive and it has been heavily subsidised for many years. We think that very few people knew the size of the subsidy, and the dramatic increase in proposed charges has come as a huge shock. Residents are being asked to pay £72 when they previously paid only £41, and £144 instead of £82. These increases are way above the rate of inflation and we consider them to be unreasonable. So, we are proposing smaller increases, which would still reduce the Council’s subsidy, but by a smaller amount. We propose that the charges should be £60 and £110. The deficit to the Council’s Revenue would be funded from general reserves.

Therefore the Budget be amended as follows:

a)      Appendix A MTFP be deleted and replaced with an amended Appendix A

b)     Appendix B Savings Proposals, the page on RPZ permit costs be deleted and replaced with the pages attached as Annex 2 to the amendment; and

c)      Appendix G Fees and Charges, the page on parking be deleted and replaced with the page attached as Annex 3 to this amendment.


Councillor Alexander Curtis Against

Councillor Snowdon amendment:

Recorded Vote status:Carried

Insert into Budget 2022/23 and Medium Term Financial Plan as recommendation F.

That Council agrees the following:

This Council notes:

·        That at the 15th December 2021 Full Council meeting, Council backed the Fees and Charges policy which gave rise to the new RPZ policy

·        That as a general principle non-statutory services should be provided on a full cost recovery basis.

This council believes:

·        That costs for non-statutory services should be as low as possible

·        That those who don’t use non-statutory services should not be asked to cross-subsidise those that do

·        The charging policy provides for full cost recovery. This council will endeavour to reduce the cost base of its services, so that full cost recovery charges are as low as possible

·        That full cost recovery charges can go down in future years as well as up

This council resolves:

·        That the principle of the Fees and Charging policy is that any future reductions in the cost base (or increases in the revenue from the scheme) will feed through to lower RPZ permit costs

·        To ask the Audit and Governance Committee to investigate the cost base of the RPZ scheme

·        To invite resident groups in RPZ scheme areas who no longer wish to have an RPZ to approach the council to look at further options.



Councillor Alexander Curtis For