The Company now spends in the region of £350,000 each year on recurrent expenditure and estate improvements, including the maintenance of roads, footpaths, verges and trees, together with traffic control costs, administration and legal, insurance and audit expenditure.
Estate improvements include an ongoing programme of patching, resurfacing (and sometimes reconstruction) of roads, and of improvements to pavements, street lighting and drainage.
The major source of income to fund these expenses is the Estate Charge payable by each individual property and levied, in arrears for the previous year, at the beginning of each January.
The Estate Charge is calculated by multiplying a ‘frontage’ (in feet) by an amount per foot. The ‘frontage’ may either be an actual measured frontage onto the road, calculated to the nearest foot; or it may be a notional frontage that has been negotiated between the Company and the developer or subsequent owner, and agreed within the assignable contract Deeds.
Some of the autonomous Span estates on the Cator Estate are charged
per estate, and they pass on the BCER Ltd Estate Charge within a charge levied on the residents concerned. The Estate Charge is a legally collectable debt and the details are contained within the Deeds of each individual property.
An annual budget and forecast is published each year in the Newsletter, and detailed, audited accounts are presented to the AGM, where
questions and comments are welcome.
2014 Audited Accounts
The 2014 annual report and financial statements were adopted by shareholders at the annual general meeting held on Thursday 30th June 2015.
Copies of the annual report and financial statements are available on request form the BCER office.