A Freedom of Information Act request by City & East Liberal Democrats shows that Labour-run Newham Council is sitting on £13 million of unspent developer contributions. The full results can be viewed here.
Under planning laws, developers have to contribute to a fund for councils to invest in the community. The contributions are considered a substitute for developers building proper levels of social housing in regeneration projects.
Newham has had extensive ‘regeneration’ in recent years, with social tenants being forced to leave their communities.
Labour should be spending the developer contributions to strengthen the community. Instead, the money is just sitting there.
Lib Dems: We must invest in the community
The Lib Dems are calling on the council to invest in community projects.
Elaine Bagshaw, Lib Dem candidate for City & East in the May GLA election commented:
“The fact that there is unspent, unallocated money is simply not good enough. The £13 million should be spent on strengthening community; from schools to skate parks and cycle lanes to parking. I've been speaking to local residents about this issue and they have fantastic ideas about how we can build a stronger community. Perhaps the local Labour Council could listen to their ideas if they've run out?”