An investigation at Reading Borough Council has concluded that £325,000 of section 106 (s106) planning gain money was wrongly allocated over a period of four years.
An independent review was carried out by Wokingham Borough Council after councillors raised concerns about management of s106 funds by the previous administration.
The review found that because no senior manager had overall responsibility for s106, there was "insufficient council-wide co-ordination, strategic control and direction".
My comment: Diverting Section 106 'bungs' away from their intended purpose into Officer and Councillor pet projects is wrong. However, when Section 106 agreements were invented, as a way of legalising planning bungs, it was obvious to everyone then that some Councillors/Officers/Council would misuse them. Therfore, it comes as no surprise when they do.
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