Com­mu­nity fund boost

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Kent Business Update -

Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil se­cured £18.5m in fund­ing from de­vel­op­ers for 15 com­mu­nity projects last year. It ne­go­ti­ated con­tri­bu­tions, known as sec­tion 106 agree­ments, from land own­ers to pay for ser­vices, ameni­ties and in­fra­struc­ture needs aris­ing from the de­vel­op­ments. The projects to re­ceive fund­ing in­cluded Willes­bor­ough Dykes cy­cle and foot­path be­tween Park Farm and Asda, im­prove­ments to play fa­cil­i­ties at the Stour Cen­tre, and the open space at Rep­ton Park. Coun­cil leader Gerry Clark­son said: “I be­lieve we lead the way in ne­go­ti­at­ing sec­tion 106 agree­ments, and re­ally make them work for com­mu­ni­ties. You only need to look at the fa­cil­i­ties al­ready de­liv­ered and those that are forth­com­ing to see how we make them work for res­i­dents.”

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