At the Council meeting on 14th September 2016 a question was asked about the funding of a war memorial that is to be erected in Mackworth
As Cllr Rawson, stumbled over the answer to the question, Cllr Pegg started “air drawing” from his chair in the Chamber the numbers “106”.
(This referred to s.106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 which obligates developers to pay money to local authorities to cover the cost of new roads, facilities etc that result from building a new estate – commonly called “section 106 money”)
“Cllr Pegg’s telling me of the hard work he’s done in order to attract the funding..it’s actually from section 106..so I’d like to pay tribute to Cllr Pegg, and the other Mackworth councillors who worked so hard to deliver this ….”
Followed by a smiling Banwait and a round of applause from the other Labour members.
Anyone who is familiar with section 106 will know that this is negotiated between the local Authority and the Developer/Applicant – in this case, Derby College.
I asked under Freedom of Information:
“Was Cllr Pegg, personally, responsible for securing this money from the developer or was it standard terms.
“Cllr Pegg was not personally responsible for this. The money was secured through negotiation by Officers with Derby College’s agents. The policy basis for securing the contribution was the Council’s Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document which states that public art contributions can be secured for residential developments of over 100 dwellings.”
And to cap it all, the s.106 agreement was signed 20th October 2010 – 18 months before Pegg was first elected as a Councillor! Perhaps he should have checked this before he took the applause.
Did he really think that no one would follow this up?
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