Uckfield Weald Hall figures continue to slip

Income for the Weald Hall continues to fall short of what was expected.

The gap between actual income and budget widened further in January.

The shortfall was first highlighted by a councillor at last month’s meeting of Uckfield Town Council’s environment and leisure committee, which has responsibility for the hall, part of the Civic Centre facilities.

Income down on budget hopes

Then, the committee was told the Weald Hall had accrued an income of £11,310 until the end of December against a budget of £31,000.

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A month later, actual income has reached £12,370 for the year to date against a budget of £33,000.

The actual income for each month were as follows:

2018

  • April: £557
  • May: £328
  • June: £640
  • July: £149
  • August: £340
  • September: £736
  • October: £2,780
  • November: £2,893
  • December: £2,887

2019

January: £1,675

Budgeted income for February is £4,000 and £5,000 for the last month of the financial year (March).

The latest figures were reported to the environment and leisure committee which met on Tuesday, February 26.

Confidential discussion

They passed without discussion by councillors in the public part of the meeting.

There was, however, an item for discussion under confidential business (in private) entitled: To consider a report on the marketing programme.

The council promotes events at the Civic Centre and Weald Hall.

Google analysis

Elsewhere in the documentation for the meeting, details of discussions on January 28 were given when members of the committee, under confidential business, discussed a report on the Civic Centre’s events and marketing programme.

The report showed that the Civic Centre Working Group was due to meet on February 20.

It also showed the January meeting asked for a further breakdown of the Google Analytic report for “both websites” to determine which localities were “looking at our websites”.

Google Analytics is a programme which gives information about the number of visitors to websites, the areas they come from, the time they stay on the web page and what they have looked at.

Luxfords worry

The disparity between income and budget for the Weald Hall follows  the last meeting of the council’s general purposes committee, when mounting losses at Luxfords restaurant, also part of the Civic Centre operation, were questioned by a councillor.

• The Weald Hall is the largest room in the Civic Centre and is situated on the ground floor.

It is used for concerts, plays, dinners and also hosts fairs. It has a maximum capacity of 275 people.

See also:

Ridgewood Village Hall grants hope for extension

New hall and pavilion plan at Hadlow Down

Then and now: Uckfield in 2018 and 2019 

Town council tweaks grants system

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