Conservative councillors have welcomed the external investigation into Reading Borough Council’s management of cash contributions by developers.
The report is to be discussed at the new audit and governance committee tomorrow.
When the Tories and Liberal Democrats ran the council in coalition until the election in May, they called for an independent investigation by Wokingham Borough Council into the management of Section 106 contributions.
Section 106 contributions are given to the council by developers to deal with the impact on the local community surrounding each development. Under last year’s Conservative-led administration a new single system of properly recording and tracking the contributions was introduced.
Section 106 agreements are nothing more than legalised bungs to councils so the developer gets the planning permission they want. In addition they are too easily diverted into councillor preferred pet projects rather than their original purpose.
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