Final bids on S106 cash still under wraps

Spalding Water Taxi was one of the first projects to be supported by Springfields Section 106 money.
Spalding Water Taxi was one of the first projects to be supported by Springfields Section 106 money.
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Councillors are still considering applications for the remaining £59,500 Springfields Section 106 funding available to benefit Spalding town centre.

Residents had until November 14 last year to apply for the cash to South Holland District Council.

But so far no details about any new bids have been released, in spite of projects needing to completed by March 31.

The S106 funding from Springfields development was £900,000. The bulk of the funds have been spent on projects including the Spalding Water Taxi, a £74,000 contribution to the salary costs of the new town centre spread over three years, incorporating a £13,000 events budget, Chain Bridge Ford and promotional work for Springfields and the town centre, such as the filming of a TV advert which took place last year.

New bids are being assessed on a number of criteria, including evidence of need, value for money, environmental benefits and the amount of match funding put in by applicants.

At the time these were announced, a spokesperson for SHDC said: “This is yet another opportunity for groups or organisations who would like to get involved in something really positive for Spalding town centre.

“The first round of Springfields S106 monies funded a number of initiatives to enhance and promote our town centre and we hope that this further funding will build on those projects already being delivered.”

On Friday, a SHDC spokesman said: “We are still considering the applications received for the remaining Springfields S106 funds.

“Once all applications have been fully considered a report will go to a panel of councillors for the allocation decisions to be made.”