The council’s capital programme is an estimated £7.6m under budget according to a report set to go to its Cabinet tonight (Thursday June 4).
According to Horsham District Council’s figures spending on capital projects was £5.2m in 2014/15 against a revised budget of £12.8m.
Unused budgets for capital schemes in progress will be carried forward to 2015/16 totalling £7.2m, while the council’s revenue budget for the year added up to a £911,000 underspend.
Major capital schemes budgeted for 2014/15 included:
- £1.15m towards new build of Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre
Only £51,372 was spent on ‘preparatory work’. It was suggested late last year that the facility could be kept and remodelled rather than being demolished and replaced.
- £1.128m towards replacing some of the vehicle fleet
But just £194,793 was spent and the replacement scheme was reduced significantly and the budget will be moved to 2015/16.
- £1.08m was earmarked for the office move
Just £442,255 was spent, but the figure is the total budget for the entire project and major items will occur in 2015/16.
- £996,000 was budgeted for redevelopment of Hop Oast’s waste depot
But £11,088 was spent as the works have been ‘reprofiled’ into future years.
- £909,510 was flagged for community and culture projects
Only £340,778 was spent and a number of projects have slipped into next year
- £617,697 was budgeted for car parks fabric and equipment
Just £29,474 was spent on completing preliminary work with the major spend due in 2015/16.
- £358,171 was earmarked for town centre improvements
But £141,436 has been spent so far, with the project progressing into the next financial year.
Meanwhile the £911,000 underspend in the revenue budget is mostly made up of departmental underspends, additional income, and the review of the Housing Benefit Subsidy having less impact than expected.
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