Money is not parish councils

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I am writing to correct one or two misconceptions which have arisen concerning ‘Section 106’ funding.

Section 106 funding relates to money paid by developers to local planning authorities in order to offset the costs of the external effects of development.

For this reason, members of Great Cornard Parish Council suggested that the residents of Phillips Field Road approach Babergh District Council to request that the Section 106 agreement for the development of the old Guilford Europe site include the repair and making up of Phillips Field Road, as it will be affected by increased use from the new houses. This would be an agreement drawn up between Babergh District Council and the developer in which Great Cornard Parish Council has no involvement.

The funds are held, and are used by Babergh District Council, and, depending on the terms of the Section 106 agreement, this may not even be in the town or parish where the development has taken place. If not used within a specified period it is returned to the developer.

In recent years, the Section 106 contributions from developers specifically for recreation purposes have been earmarked by Babergh District Council for use in the town/parish where the development has taken place. This money remains with Babergh to spend, but, if a town/parish has a recreation project which meets the narrowly drawn provisions of the Section 106 agreement, and if the town/parish can jump the various hurdles involved, an application can be made to Babergh to use some of these funds. Great Cornard Parish Council has been quite successful in drawing on the funds held by Babergh and is actively exploring further ways in which the funds held by Babergh may be used.

To suggest, as per your letters page of 13th February, that Great Cornard Parish Council is “sitting on more than £70,000 in unallocated funds”, and to imply that these funds could be used to repair Phillips Field Road is totally wrong.

Michael Fitt

Council manager

Great Cornard Parish Council