Revealed: More Developer Money for Junction Upgrade

April 28, 2016 12:20 PM

Cllr Joe NaittaLegal documents show that a developer has already signed a Section 106 agreement - part of the planning conditions to approve the development - promising £250,000 to pay for traffic lights to be installed at the Blagreaves Lane/Stenson Road junction. This is in addition to the Primula Way developer who hasn't yet signed his Section 106 agreement.

Yet in February Labour's Council Cabinet approved £300,000 of taxpayers' money to pay for the traffic lights. The paperwork even showed that no S106 money was being used.

Commenting, Councillor Joe Naitta said, "This is crazy. Why is Labour spending a large amount of taxpayers' money, when the developer is legally obliged to pay? Yet Labour keep on telling us that the Council is skint. But they seem to be able to find money when they want to!"

Update on Developer Money for Parks

As reported previously, Lib Dem Councilllors from LIttleover and Blagreaves wards, along with the 3 Littleover Ward councillors and Friends of Littleover Parks, are working with Council officers to decide how the £333,000 housing developer money is to be spent.

One of the priorities is to open up the track from Oaklands Avenue to the Millennium Wood and lay a tarmac footway/cycleway. Even after a lot of searching, no owner of the track has been found, but the Council will still have to do a compulsory purchase order.

On the ground, Friends of Littleover Parks have started to clear the overgrown track at the Millennium Wood end.

Other work includes improvements to Heatherton Pond, Clemson's Park, Millennium Wood and Sunnydale Park.