Decision details

To approve the re-profiling of the HCCI budgets

Decision Maker: Corporate Director – Economy & Environment

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No

Purpose:

1) The 7 October 2021 Cabinet Member decision (see above) set out the outline budgets for the Hereford City Centre Improvements.
2) Within the above decision it set out clearly the budgets as they were very high level due to the limited time to develop the elements.
3) As the schemes have reached detailed design stage a number of budget pressures have been identified. A number of elements of the HCCI programme have also identified savings.
4) The purpose of this decision is to re-profile the HCCI budgets and align the funding where it is required ensuring that the LEP grant spend for 22/23 is capable of being achieved as previously agreed. This does not change the overall project budget of £6m, it varies the spend on some elements within the programme of works.
5) The matter was discussed at Cabinet Briefing of 14 July 2022. Cabinet members agreed to the principles of the budget movements designed to achieve the aims of the Cabinet Member and wider Cabinet.
6) The realigned budgets are set out in appendix 1.
7) City Greening budget is reduced by nearly £65k however, the scheme can be adjusted by reducing the scope accordingly.
8) Hostile Vehicle Mitigation budget is reduced by £288k but is mitigated by the consideration that there is low risk and existing streetscape items can be utilised to achieve the desired effect of speed reduction.
9) Both planter schemes and the Market & Event Infrastructure have completed and commitments met, budget is reduced to match the spend incurred to deliver the project.
10) The total scheme budget for St Owen St is increased by to take into account additional construction costs from the initial scheme ie upgrading the scheme to be LTN1/20 compliant, replacing the Bath St junction traffic signals
11) Resurfacing of St Owen St is separate to the cycle contraflow scheme and is being carried out coincidentally to prevent the need to carry out further maintenance works and disrupt business in the coming years. Without this additional funding, the deteriorating street would require resurfacing in the next 5-10 years.
12) The total scheme budget for Widemarsh St is increased by £594.5k in line with guidance provided by Cabinet at a briefing of 14 July 2022 to uplift the road surface in line with the pavement, replace kerbing and introduce Acco drains (or similar). £275k of this increase is funded through the LTP budget.
13) The cycle shelter element has also been adjusted to account for the construction of a solid concrete base foundation and introduction of lighting to ensure a safe and secure location.
14) The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has formally been consulted for their decision regarding the variation and have agreed at their meeting of 27.09.22.
15) It should be noted that it is unlikely that any further revisions to the budget will be agreed by Marches LEP.
16) There is a minor increase in cost for High Town existing enhancements to match the spend to deliver the works.

Contact: Susan White, Senior Project Manager Email: Susan.White2@herefordshire.gov.uk Tel: 01432 260070.

Publication date: 15/11/2022

Date of decision: 06/10/2022

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