One of our newer but very enthusiastic, pro-active councillors is working on a proposed project of a small outdoor amphitheatre. The estimated cost is £10,000. The Clerk has recently sent an email asking for proposed projects to be considered in next years budget with only 10 days notice. The project proposal was submitted but rejected by the clerk as a budget consideration as it it needs a public consultation and permission of the landowners (the county council), all of which is correct.
The councillor is very disheartened as he has done a lot of work. He does not understand why we cannot put the money aside for the project as that could then be used for something else if this project cannot happen for any reason. This sounds very reasonable to me and I want to check if this is in fact possible? The clerk has previously mis-informed me on a couple of things, whether due to her lack of knowledge or deliberately it's hard to say.
Also, when is the final date that the budget and precept request can be submitted? (Wales)
I have addressed the lack of notice by asking the Clerk to produce an Annual Timetable of council activities - when the precept comes in, when the audit takes place, when the budget is supposed to be submitted etc etc. I think this will be very useful to all councillors, especially new ones.