Following another Surrey funding crisis. Surrey has proposed reducing the number of cuts each year from the present ten a year down to seven a year. Elmbridge provides this service on behalf of Surrey and the cabinet had to decide between the following options.
- Carry out reduced level of cutting to the revised Surrey client specification (within the level of funding offered by Surrey);
- Maintain the existing frequency (which would incur an additional cost to the borough of £3,597 a year for the remainder of the contract, in addition to the funding provided by Surrey);
- Increase the frequency to twelve (which would require a growth item in the highway verges budget of £28,534 a year for the remainder of the contract); or
- Hand back to Surrey.
The cabinet discussed the four options in respect of the Surreyservices and mindful of the current budget position, agreed that option 2 above should be supported. It was noted that this option would incur an additional cost to the borough of £3,597 a year for the remainder of the contract.
The new administration has still to contend with the appalling state of the grass cutting contract inherited from the previous administration.