Issue - meetings
Buckshole Reservoir Safety Improvements - Update Part 1
Meeting: 16/06/2021 - Cabinet (Item 346)
Cabinet recommends the report for Full Council to:
Authorise the capital and revenue budgets for this project to be increased as detailed in the associated part 2 report on this agenda.
The Assistant Director Environment and Place submitted the reportto update councillors on progress with this mandatory project to improve the safety of the reservoir and dam (as required by Reservoirs Act 1975 and subsequent guidance), including the results of the tender process highlighting the shortfall in the approved programme budget, and seeking approval to increase the budget to enable the project to proceed.
Under rule 13.3 the recommendations of the report were agreed without being called for discussion.
RESOLVED: Recommendation to authorise the capital and revenue budgets for this project to be increased (as detailed in the associated part 2 report on this agenda) to full council for approval.
Reasons for Recommendations
1. The original estimates for the costs of the project were carefully developed by specialists before approval by cabinet on 6th January 2020. They included a 10% contingency sum and were also adjusted to take account of potential inflation between Autumn 2019 and Summer 2021, when the works were likely to be carried out. However, the tenders obtained through the East Sussex Procurement Hub in 2021 are significantly higher than the original estimates. There are well understood reasons for this, and these are set out in this report. They include
the need to amend the specification to secure planning approval, and the significant financial impact of the pandemic and EU-exit on the UK construction and civil engineering sectors.
2. It is essential that this project goes ahead as the works are mandatory, and necessary to reduce the risk to life and property associated with a failure of the reservoir infrastructure. In addition, the council would be the subject of enforcement action by the Environment Agency were it not to comply with the guidance and complete the works as required by spring 2022
Meeting: 07/06/2021 - Cabinet (Item 12.)