Councillors also looked at the council’s annual budget. The chairman asked if there were any questions. Cllr Martin McGowan-Scanlon said he had concerns over some of the data in the budget, particularly an amount of £150,000 that had been allocated to an unspecified project.
He said: “We are custodians of the taxpayer’s money and I think we do well to remember that and not attempt to spend it simply because it’s there. I can’t support the budget in this current form.”
Cllr Simon Rushton said he had researched the budget and felt the data didn’t support Cllr McGowan-Scanlon’s claims.
Councillors had a general discussion about last year’s budget and the level of general and earmarked reserves. The Responsible Financial Officer clarified the process of having earmarked reserves.