Council sitting on 'staggering sums' of developers' money, it's claimed

WILTSHIRE Council is sitting on “quite staggering sums” of money intended to be spent on better facilities for Salisbury, the city’s area board chairman has said.

The cash comes from developers who make what are known as Section 106 agreements to contribute to community facilities when they are given planning permission.

Some of this money comes with a proviso that it is spent in or near a particular development to provide infrastructure such as school places or road improvements, but some is available for use over a wider area.

And there are deadlines attached. If it is not spent in time, it has to be returned to the builders.

Currently, £279,000 is awaiting allocation to projects involving open spaces and recreation in the city parish, Thursday’s board meeting was told.

A chunk of this was once earmarked for an East Harnham community centre, but the scheme was abandoned because Rowbarrow residents did not want it built on a green open space in front of their homes.

Chairman Ricky Rogers asked: “Can we get our hands on some of this money and spend it rather than it being locked away? Is there any flexibility within the rules?”

He told the Journal: “The whole process needs to be made easier and quicker. Sometimes these schemes are taking six years to materialise.”

Cllr Mary Douglas said the money should be spent on repairing the city’s pavements, adding: “Every member of the public would love it.”

Other members suggested building an outdoor swimming pool, or signposting and upgrading public footpaths.

Cllr Brian Dalton said the council should “get itself together”and stipulate that community facilities are built at the same time as any new housing developments.

The board agreed to meet city council representatives to set a joint list of priorities for spending the |money.

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9:15am Wed 16 Jul 14

rattajack says...

another get together to "TALK" that.s all the ever seem to do!!
another get together to "TALK" that.s all the ever seem to do!! rattajack
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6:42pm Wed 16 Jul 14

karlmarx says...

"And there are deadlines attached. If it is not spent in time, it has to be returned to the builders."

Mmmm

For a council that is short of funds, see cuts, they are taking their time.
"And there are deadlines attached. If it is not spent in time, it has to be returned to the builders." Mmmm For a council that is short of funds, see cuts, they are taking their time. karlmarx
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7:59pm Wed 16 Jul 14

HappyChappie15 says...

It would be interesting to see a breakdown of these outstanding Section 106 agreements. To what developments were they attached, what was supposed to be provided by the developers, why they were not provided and what monitoring has been undertaken. Is there actually any provision for amending the original Section 106 agreements such as using the developers monies for purposes other than those originally agreed? And how much money has been returned to developers as a result of non-implementation of Section 106 agreements over past years?
It would be interesting to see a breakdown of these outstanding Section 106 agreements. To what developments were they attached, what was supposed to be provided by the developers, why they were not provided and what monitoring has been undertaken. Is there actually any provision for amending the original Section 106 agreements such as using the developers monies for purposes other than those originally agreed? And how much money has been returned to developers as a result of non-implementation of Section 106 agreements over past years? HappyChappie15
  • Score: 10

8:57pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Richard Clewer says...

It is also worth noting that section 106 money is supposed to be allocated and spent by Parish Councils. In Salisbury it is the job of the City Council to allocate and spend it. I think we need to hear their plans before we decide how to spend their money.
It is also worth noting that section 106 money is supposed to be allocated and spent by Parish Councils. In Salisbury it is the job of the City Council to allocate and spend it. I think we need to hear their plans before we decide how to spend their money. Richard Clewer
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12:01am Thu 17 Jul 14

karlmarx says...

" I think we need to hear their plans before we decide how to spend their money."

The word that dominates this sentence is 'we'.
" I think we need to hear their plans before we decide how to spend their money." The word that dominates this sentence is 'we'. karlmarx
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12:08am Thu 17 Jul 14

karlmarx says...

karlmarx wrote:
" I think we need to hear their plans before we decide how to spend their money."

The word that dominates this sentence is 'we'.
CONTRIBUTING less to commemorate the start of the First World War and deferring spending on public toilets and parks and open spaces are some of the ways Salisbury City councillors hope to save in the next financial year.
The committee also voted to defer spending on public toilets in the city for a year “without immediate detriment to public services”, and to defer additional spending, aside from that already earmarked, on parks and open spaces.
[quote][p][bold]karlmarx[/bold] wrote: " I think we need to hear their plans before we decide how to spend their money." The word that dominates this sentence is 'we'.[/p][/quote]CONTRIBUTING less to commemorate the start of the First World War and deferring spending on public toilets and parks and open spaces are some of the ways Salisbury City councillors hope to save in the next financial year. The committee also voted to defer spending on public toilets in the city for a year “without immediate detriment to public services”, and to defer additional spending, aside from that already earmarked, on parks and open spaces. karlmarx
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9:18am Thu 17 Jul 14

the optimist says...

Richard Clewer wrote:
It is also worth noting that section 106 money is supposed to be allocated and spent by Parish Councils. In Salisbury it is the job of the City Council to allocate and spend it. I think we need to hear their plans before we decide how to spend their money.
Asking the city Council to spend it would result in yet more talk shops costing lots of money and the city will get very little in improvement with the money left over from the talk shops.

This money was given to the community and they should be asked what they want. A simple advert in a paper, properly worded, would do the trick in very little time. Replies could be made by email, phone or a comment collection box at City Hall.
[quote][p][bold]Richard Clewer[/bold] wrote: It is also worth noting that section 106 money is supposed to be allocated and spent by Parish Councils. In Salisbury it is the job of the City Council to allocate and spend it. I think we need to hear their plans before we decide how to spend their money.[/p][/quote]Asking the city Council to spend it would result in yet more talk shops costing lots of money and the city will get very little in improvement with the money left over from the talk shops. This money was given to the community and they should be asked what they want. A simple advert in a paper, properly worded, would do the trick in very little time. Replies could be made by email, phone or a comment collection box at City Hall. the optimist
  • Score: 11
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