East Cambs Council sets out how community benefit funds spent - ranging from buying a see saw to dog bins to helping fund by pass

East Cambridgeshire District Council says that under the former section 106 method formula for colle

East Cambridgeshire District Council says that under the former section 106 method formula for collecting payments, the council holds a total of £3,382,493.49. - Credit: Archant

Councillors will hear how £6 million collected in section 106 (community benefit) and CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) payments is being held ready for spending on local projects.

East Cambridgeshire District Council says that under the former section 106 method formula for collecting payments, the council holds a total of £3,382,493.49 with £66,669.46 of that being paid from last April to January of this year.

During the same period the council spent £963,006.23 from contributions secured by section 106 agreements.

Under CIL arrangements – and since its implementation on February 1, 2013- the council has received £2,909.550.80 from liable developments.

A report to the corporate governance and finance committee says that in accordance with regulations, 15 per cent of this – ie £436,432.62- has been or is being transferred to the relevant parish council.


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Section 106 income last year included £31,000 from Sainsbury and section 106 expenditure included:

£4,963.33 for a see saw at Little Downham

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£1,262.72 for riverside improvements in Ely

£6,734.61 for a replacement door and window at Prickwillow Village Hall

£10,000 for improvements at Wicken Methodist Church

£648.19 for Oates Lane parking restrictions, Sutton

£1.210.70 for dog bins in Ely

£3,159 for surfacing of Jubilee Gardens, Ely

£3,000 for surfacing of Fisherman’s car park, Ely

£1,453.21 for goalposts at Streatham

£10,289.60 for floodlights at Ely City football club

£1,137.14 for defibrillators at Littleport

£542,436.00 for refurbishment of Walter Gidney Pavilion, Soham

£1,000 for new village sign, Prickwillow

£730.00 for replacement external security lighting, Prickwillow Village Hall

£30,000 towards junction improvements, west Fend Road, Ely

Under CIL contributions the council reveals £782,101.18 is going to the district leisure centre, £332,563.24 to Littleport schools, £332,563.24 to Ely southern by pass

* The Community Infrastructure Levy is a planning charge as a tool for local authorities to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area. It came into force on April 6, 2010 through the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010.

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