Report by Chief Operating Officer
46.1 The Cabinet considered a report by the Chief Operating Officer.
46.2 It was RESOLVED to:
1. approve the Conservators’ Core budget for 2022/23 and the potential contribution of up to a maximum of £122,980; and
2. approve the annual grant for 2022/23 from the Ashdown Forest Trust Fund.
46.3 The amended budget for 2022/23 presents a deficit of £122,980 including the impact of the decision to implement car parking charges being approved by the Board of Conservators on 31 January 2022. There remain uncertainties and opportunities for income generation in excess of modelled car parking income and from the Ashdown Forest Foundation, which together with management action during the year, could have a positive impact on the overall budget. The Board and Chief Executive Officer are working with Council officers and are committed to delivering an improved financial position for 2022/23, providing quarterly update reports, including updated budgets that support a sustainable Medium-Term Financial Plan by Summer 2022, that will support the strategic objectives of the Conservators of Ashdown Forest.