Agenda item

Street Naming and Property Numbering Charges Review

Decision:

Resolved that

 

(a)      a one-off increase in the current charging levels for addressing properties and naming new streets, as set out in the report, be agreed; and

 

(b)      authority be delegated to the Strategic Director and Deputy Chief Executive to increase the charges in April each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

Minutes:

(Link to Council Priorities: All)

 

The Portfolio Holder for Planning Services introduced the report which outlined a proposal to review the Street Naming and Numbering charges level.

 

The Cabinet was advised that charging for discretionary services in connection with Street Naming and Numbering had been introduced on 3 October 2016.  The total revenue generated for the period 3 October 2016 to 3 October 2017 was £28,149.

 

Whilst it had been proposed that the introduction of charges would aim to recover the costs incurred by the Council to provide the statutory function, the Portfolio Holder reported that the current level at which the charges had been set did not recoup the cost of the officer time spent in delivering the service. Whilst the charges for residents to change or add a name to their house would not be increased, it was proposed to increase the charges for the service provided for developers.  Members acknowledged that the increase in charges was not designed to be profit making but to be set at a level to recover costs.

 

The Cabinet noted that comparisons with other local authorities had been undertaken when setting the proposed current level of charges.

 

The Portfolio Holder advised that it was proposed that a one-off increase be applied to the current charging level for street naming and numbering following a development which resulted in the creation of new properties, the details of which were outlined in the report.  If agreed, this new charging schedule would be implemented from 3 September 2018.

 

In addition, it was also proposed that authority be given to officers to increase the charges by the Consumer Price Index in April of each year, commencing from April 2019.

 

The Leader invited Councillor A. Davis, Group Leader of the Liberal Democrat Political Group to address the meeting.  Councillor Davis commented that he was intrigued as to why the charges would be increased by the Consumer Price Index and not linked to labour costs.  The GIS / LLPG Manager advised that this Index had been agreed following discussions with the Head of Finance.  The Strategic Director and Deputy Chief Executive further commented that, when other fees and charges were looked at annually, the Consumer Price Index was used as it reflected the inflation most people experience and therefore it was appropriate to use the same principle for the street naming and numbering charges.

 

Resolved that

 

(a)      a one-off increase in the current charging levels for addressing properties and naming new streets, as set out in the report, be agreed; and

 

(b)      authority be delegated to the Strategic Director and Deputy Chief Executive to increase the charges in April each year in line with the Consumer Price Index.

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