Badly mismanaged

YOUR excellent leader on 'clause 106' money, (September 13), has substantiated what many residents of North Somerset have known for years

YOUR excellent leader on 'clause 106' money, (September 13), has substantiated what many residents of North Somerset have known for years: the development of the region has been badly mismanaged for decades. While most other councils have whole departments devoted to the appropriation of funds via clause 106, North Somerset has chosen to sideline this worthwhile use of administration as 'too costly'. In other parts of the country monies raised from Clause 106 transactions has built by-passes, rail links, flyovers, bus shelters, leisure centres, creches, volunteer centres, swimming pools, etc., so why not here in North Somerset? Why has the development of the region, and in particular the benefits of public/community works, been put in such jeopardy?What did the community get when developers walked away with Knightstone, the Tropicana, Locking Airport (for peanuts I might add) etc? Let's also not forget the return on residential developments runs at around 35 per cent so the developers do very well out of what were once public assets.While the interest on the unused money was creating revenue to put smiles of the faces of faceless accountants, the residents of North Somerset are going without and the consequences of such mismanagement have severely reduced the standard of living for many.How convenient then that this oversight should be discovered by the very people that created it and that it should be raised by the very Tories who have sat on the same executive committees for decades? There's a bad smell in the halls of North Somerset Council and it's time someone got the disinfectant out.JIM BARTLETT - St Ives Road, Weston


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