The leader of Leicestershire County Council has vowed that the authority will no longer return unspent cash after it was revealed that nearly £900,000 in contributions were handed back to developers. Councillor Nick Rushton has called for a review into the way section 106 agreements are made. It follows a Freedom of Information request submitted by the Leicester Mercury via the BBC Local Democracy Reporting Service. The request revealed the county council was forced to return cash intended for community projects because the money had not been spent in time. Section 106 contributions are monies handed to local authorities by developers when planning permission is agreed. The contribution is designed to be spent on community projects to offset the impact of local developments. Coun Rushton told the Leicester Mercury: “We returned £0.9 million of the £42 million we received, which is round about 2 per cent. “While it is a small amount overall we don’t want … [Read more...] about Leicestershire County Council pledge not to hand back cash to developers
Leicestershire county council
The leader of Leicestershire County Council has vowed that the authority will no longer return unspent cash to developers after it was revealed that nearly £900,000 in contributions has been handed back. Conservative Councillor Nick Rushton has called for a review into the way section 106 agreements are made. It comes after the Local Democracy Reporting Service submitted a freedom of information request, asking how much of the money had been given back to developers.Section 106 contributions are paid by developers to local authorities when planning permission is agreed, to offset the impact of local developments.Cllr Rushton told the BBC Local Democracy Reporting Service: “We returned £0.9 million of the £42 million we received, which is round about two per cent.“While it is a small amount overall, we don’t want to be returning any money.“Going forward, we will not be giving any money back and will be making sure we get more from … [Read more...] about Leicestershire County Council to examine how to prevent unspent cash being handed back to developers
A report being discussed by cabinet next week says that the majority of the 500,000 or so ash trees in the county could be lost to ash dieback over the next five to 15 years. It says it is ‘prudent to assume that the disease may result in losses of between 75 and 90 per cent of the entire ash population’. Surveys undertaken in 2017 identified ash dieback in a number of younger plantations, landscape plots and self-set saplings, mainly in the north west of the county.There is currently little evidence of the disease affecting mature trees.Councillor Blake Pain, county council cabinet member for the environment, said: “The experts are still working to understand the full picture in the UK, so it’s really important that we take a measured and proportionate response. “We’ll need a robust approach to dealing with ash dieback, including a good understanding of the logistical and financial implications of managing our own stock. “We’ll also need … [Read more...] about More than £5 million has been set aside by Leicestershire County Council to deal with the effects of a disease which affects ash trees.
Reintroducing Leicester-Burton passenger trains would cost up to £175 million, plus up to £4 million per year to run, a Leicestershire County Council report says. The council says it would be unable to attract Government funding for the line, which runs through Coalville and Ashby de la Zouch, as it is poor value for money under Department for Transport criteria - and there’s no realistic prospect that Network Rail or HS2 would fund it. The report says revamping the 45 mph freight line to take passenger trains would cost up to £175 million, depending on the speed, frequency and number of stations. It would also need either annual subsidy of up to £4 million, or major housebuilding, to generate sufficient numbers of passengers. According to the report, the route also cannot be justified in economic terms, generating £340,000 of economic benefit per year for an investment in excess of £100 million. Councillor Peter Osborne, cabinet member for … [Read more...] about Reopening of Ivanhoe Line between Leicester and Burton unlikely to get funding says Leicestershire County Council
Councillors from both left and right on Leicestershire County Council agreed they are concerned about NHS cuts and resulting pressures. There was cross party support for Cllr Amanda Hack's motion calling for concerns about NHS cuts and pressures to be noted. Cllr Hack proposed the motion at a recent full council meeting held at County Hall in Leicester. Councillors put on record their concerns about the lack of a sustainable transformation plan (STP). They also said they are worried about the running of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’s three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs). Mention was made to the ‘lack of democratic accountability in the NHS decision making system’. Cllr Hack spoke about the recent winter crisis as she proposed the motion. She said: “We still see ambulances stacked up outside A&E and winter pressures have seen planned operations cancelled, including cancer patients. “This reportedly cost £10 million and caused extra … [Read more...] about NHS cuts worries at Leicestershire County Council