Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.
The Committee received a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services which set the context for the review of the Charging Policy for Car Parking and Stores on the Barbican Estate.
In response to a question about the difference in charges between stores within car parks and buildings, given that stores within buildings are at 93% occupancy, the Assistant Director advised that the 8% increase had been recommended by the Car Park Charges Working Party. The Barbican Residential Committee (BRC) on 28th June would receive a copy of the minutes of this meeting, with these comments recorded. The Chairman also asked if it would be possible for the RCC to receive the accounts schedule, which had been considered by the Working Party.
In response to a further question about the number of new bays compared to surrenders, the officer advised that this data represented just one period and was monitored very closely. Members noted that officers also asked for the reason for surrenders, but it was rarely forthcoming. The Assistant Director confirmed that, whilst the Department was being asked to make 12% savings, in line with other City Corporation Departments, it would not apply to areas covered by the service charge. However, officers were working with the residents’ Leaseholder Service Charge Working Party; looking at ways to achieve value for money and capping the upward trend.
RESOLVED, that – the report be noted.