Penarth Town Council’s financial accounts for the year from April 2017 to March 31st 2018 – just published – show that in that 12 month period, the council donated council-tax payers’ cash to the following causes:-
- The Plassey Square Big Lunch £250
- Friends of St Peters £100
- Penarth Scouts £100
- Tabernacle Food Bank £500
There is also an unspecified “donation” to the “Vale of Glamorgan” – ( it’s not clear who or what was the beneficiary) – of £3,600.
Of these 5 donations, only the payment to Penarth Scouts was discussed in council meetings. The council says Section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972 enables it to incur expenditure for “certain purposes not otherwise authorised, provided that such expenditure is, and of direct benefit to, the area” . The maximum the council could have spent (but didn’t) in the year 2017-18 is “£7.57 per elector” which would have entitled the council to make payments to such causes up to a notional maximum of £130,309 .
The accounts also show that during the 2017/18 financial year Penarth Town Council spent a total of £2,280 on advertising and publicity.
The old – defective – Town Clock (which was replaced last month and has now been placed in storage at Penarth Cemetery) is shown in the accounts as being an “asset” valued at £10,912 .
The Council’s HQ at West House is valued as an asset worth £1,706,563 – with West House Cottage (at the rear) being valued at £164,522.
Like most businesses, the council has its share of reluctant debtors – who delay paying invoices. As at March 31st 2018 the council was owed a total of £21,484 of which £11,378 had been outstanding for over 3 months.