Agenda item

City of London Target Operating Model and Budgets

The Superintendent to be heard.

Minutes:

A new Target Operating Model had been developed as part of the City of London Corporation’s Fundamental Review and was being introduced via a phased approach.  The Target Operating Model would significantly change the way that the City Corporation operated, including the merger of the Open Spaces, Built Environment and Consumer Production Departments into a new Department of Environment and would place a focus on frontline services.  This was not anticipated to have any impact of the charitable status of the Commons but would provide the Open Spaces Department with a stronger platform to lobby for necessary resources within the City of London Corporation.

 

There would be a 12% budget cut across many service areas for the 2021/22 financial year which, along with the recent loss of grant income, represented £256k of the total management budget of the Commons.  The budget reduction had been apportioned across individual Commons based on the potential of each site to generate income.   Whilst some cost cutting measures were planned, the main focus would be on income generation such as through letting vacant properties, charitable donations and applying for grant funding.  Future areas where it might be possible to make savings or generate additional income were being reviewed and could include changes to waste removal services or the introduction of charges for commercial activities.  A Member noted that the possibility of opening a café in an existing building at Riddlesdown was being explored and that this would be welcomed by the local community, particularly if it had toilet facilities.  The Member suggested that consideration be given to establishing it alongside a volunteer centre which could incorporate other voluntary and community services.  In response to a query from another Member, the Superintendent confirmed that the possibility of making a café offer available at Farthing Downs had been reviewed in recent years but had not been considered financially viable.

 

RESOLVED, that the update be noted.