District council in firing line

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SUTTON Bridge Parish Council chairman Christopher Brandon-King claims South Holland District Council “appears” to have acted beyond its legal authority by adding £150,000 of the Section 106 power station fund to the £250,000 already allocated for the marina.

The chairman wants to know “when, why and on whose authority” the two sums were “lumped together”.

At Tuesday’s parish council meeting, Coun Brandon-King gave details of meetings with council officials and claimed the district council drew more than £24,000 from the fund to pay for an economic development capital project post between 2007-2009, although he said it will be repaid.

A district council spokesman said: “These are serious allegations. They were raised with the council prior to the meeting and we have subsequently placed the matter in the hands of our solicitors.

“We are unable to comment further at this time.”