Report of the Chamberlain.
The Committee noted a report of the Chamberlain on the Resetting of Departmental Budgets 2020/21. The Chamberlain highlighted that the overspend in the Epping Forest Budget had been reduced through effective mitigation by the Epping Forest Management Team. The Chairman commented that the value for money of the City of London Corporation managed open spaces had been demonstrated over the period effected by COVID and that the City of London Corporation were investing millions into their management. The Committee observed the huge increase of visitors to the Open Spaces and noted the vital contribution of staff at these sites.
Responding to a Committee member’s comment the Chairman agreed that he and the Deputy Chairman were keen to look at more proactive communications on the matter of budgets in future. In addition, the Chairman agreed with a Member’s suggestion that commitments be made to volunteers at the various open spaces as their contribution had been vital in the period effected by COVID.
RESOLVED- That the report be noted.