Village gets developer cash

PUBLISHED: 08:00 21 February 2015

(c) Adam Gault

COMMUNITY buildings in Congresbury are set to benefit from a cash injection thanks to money from developers.

Almost £40,000, made available through section 106 planning agreements, will be shared between a number of causes including the Old School Rooms, Congresbury War Memorial Hall and Congresbury Youth Club. The Recreation Club may also benefit, depending on how the plans for a new village hall develop in the coming months.

The Elliott Medway development in Mill Lane will provide £26,975, split evenly between the memorial hall and Old School Rooms and is recommended by Congresbury Parish Council to also hand £2,000 to the youth club so new sports equipment can be bought.

Section 106 cash worth £10,000 is available from the former Bell Inn site which has also been converted into housing. This could go to the Recreation Club or the proposed new village hall, depending on what the rules state.

Meanwhile the parish council has decided not to jointly submit a planning application for a new village hall.

Ian Sheppard, chairman of the hall committee, wanted the parish council to co-apply for planning permission to reduce the fees incurred - albeit at no cost to the parish council.

Councillors said they were in favour of a new hall for Congresbury but raised concerns about what happens if the project ‘goes belly up’, having to answer questions about the scheme and being seen to objectively scrutinise the project once an application is submitted.

Parish councillor Pete Sewell said: “We are pretty flush with money, but not with resources, so why don’t we make sure this works quickly and effectively and put £2,500 towards it (through a grant) and not co-sign any application?”

Members unanimously decided the parish council should not co-apply for a new hall, however indicated any grant applications from the new village hall committee would be looked upon favourably.

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