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Cost of running Bournemouth's Lower Gardens more than doubles
THE amount of council subsidy required by Bournemouth’s Lower Gardens Trust has more than doubled in a year, the accounts show.
The Trust is always subsidised by the council but the latest accounts reveal that it required £498,474 in 2012/13 – more than double the £238,706 it needed in 2011/12.
It is due to an increase in spending, in particular on public toilets which rose from £78,245 in 2011/12 to £215,010 in 2012/13.
Income from visitors was also down, with mini-golf, trampolines, refreshments and deck chair hire all generating less money.
The Trust has only recently submitted its accounts for 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13 to the Charities Commission – a delay which resulted in the trust being named and shamed as a “double defaulter.”
A report for the next meeting of the Lower Central Gardens Trust Board sheds new light on the reasons for the delay, revealing that an agency worker brought in to prepare the accounts left before completing the 2010/11 accounts and no former handover was arranged.
Reminders from the Charities Commission were then sent to the former Head of Accountancy who subsequently left with no handover.
However, the accounts for all three years were submitted by an extended deadline of September 30 and details of the latest financial position are provided in a report that went before councillors and other board members on Thursday.
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