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Fees & Charges 2021-22

Meeting: 01/12/2020 - Communities, Housing and Environment Committee (Item 103)

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The Director of Finance and Business Improvement introduced the report and noted that the Fees & Charges are reviewed annually, in accordance with the Charging Policy as set out in Appendix 2 to the report. The proposed fees & charges and the rationale were outlined in Appendix 1 to the report, with attention drawn to the proposed increase in garden waste services. This increase was proposed because the Council’s charge is lower than the Kent Average.


There were a number of changes in Cemetery and Crematorium fees and charges, based on a careful assessment by the Crematorium Manager of the appropriate level of charge.


The Committee expressed concern over the increases proposed within the Purchase of Exclusive Right of Burial section, notwithstanding that these were proposed because the Council’s fees are under-priced compared to the competition. It was felt that it was imprudent to increase these charges, given the current situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.


An increase in fines for littering was suggested, with the Director of Finance and Business Improvement having explained that the collection of fines was difficult to enforce and would not deliver significant returns.


It was felt that greater information was required before a decision could be taken about the Cemetery and Crematorium fees and charges.


RESOLVED:That consideration of this item be deferred, to enable the officers to report back to the next meeting of the committee with further information relating to the cemetery and crematorium fees and charges proposed.