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Long Sutton parish council chairman John Clarey says parishes must work together to make attaining Section 106 funding easier

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Parishes must work together to make community funding easier to attain, according to a councillor.

John Clarey, chairman of Long Sutton Parish Council, has been left frustrated during drawn-out attempts to secure Section 106 money for the town.

He says efforts have been ongoing for nearly two years. The funding is usually provided by developers and house builders to go towards community and social infrastructure, and was brought in under the 1990 Planning Act.

Long Sutton Parish Council chairman John Clarey
Long Sutton Parish Council chairman John Clarey

“In all honesty, hardly any Section 106 funding goes out to villages. There’s very little,” Coun Clarey said.

“I think what we badly need is for all parishes to get together and really lobby the district council for this.

“As individuals we’re not strong enough, but if we put a strong voice together it would benefit in the long run. It would be a big project to get them all together.”

Coun Clarey says Long Sutton Parish Council has a number of potential plans in place should it manage to obtain some funding.

Resurfacing the road leading to Long Sutton Cemetery would be a priority, as would installing more seats around town to cater for older residents of the town.

He would also like to put new surfacing on the car park at the town’s football field.

“It gets well used, and every two or three years we spend a few grand on it. It’s all parish council precept that’s doing it, and it would be nice to get some 106 for that sort of thing,” he said.

Earlier this week, Broadgate Homes chief executive Ian Canham said that the ‘flawed’ Section 106 system might be better than an alternative, with Levelling Up secretary Michael Gove reportedly looking at asking developers to pay into an infrastructure fund instead.

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