13:49 Tuesday 12 February 2013

Council without a scheme misses cash


Roy Bell Roy Bell

A PARISH council missed out on cash for developments as it didn’t have a scheme in mind, a member has been told.

More than £50,000 has been pumped into South Derbyshire following the completion of a housing development in Hartshorne – however a parish councillor has questioned why members were not asked to comment on the distribution of the cash.

Fourteen homes have now been built on the site of the former Chesterfield Arms, in Repton Road, Hartshorne – now known as Adam’s Close.

As part of the planning conditions the applicants donated more than £50,000 in Section 106 money – funding which helps to mitigate against the negative impact of the proposals on the surrounding community.

Councillor Colin Dobson, a member of Hartshorne Parish Council, told the meeting on Monday that more than £7,000 of the money had been donated to medical facilities, £39,000 for recreation and more than £6,000 for tree planting in the National Forest.

He said: “Shouldn’t that money come to the parish council so we can comment on where it should be distributed?

“We have not had a view on it.”

Richard Smith, parish council clerk, said: “It is for South Derbyshire District Council to distribute. We haven’t got any schemes therefore we don’t get any money. If the parish council had a scheme then we could submit an application but we can’t just say ‘lets think of something’.”

But Councillor Dobson added: “At least we should have been consulted.”

Councillor Pat Murray, who represents the village on Derbyshire County Council, added: “That money goes into the district council pot and is distributed over the district, including across all doctors’ surgeries.”

Some of the recreation cash will be donated to Hartshorne Cricket Club to build a new pavilion, and Councillor Roy Bell, parish council chairman, said: “We weren’t told about the money but at least some of the money is coming to the village with the cricket club.”

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