Village’s £500,000 starts to be spent

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AROUND £500,000 remains to be spent on projects in Sutton Bridge from the power station cash given in 2005 – and district councillors have agreed changes to the rules in the way it has to be spent.

Some £400,000 is in a reserve to be spent on a marina project and at last Tuesday’s South Holland District Council cabinet meeting, councillors agreed to allocate £29,855 to Sutton Bridge Community Centre to complete a day nursery with places for up to 50 children.

Members also agreed to put £61,765 to one side so Sutton Bridge Parish Council can nominate deserving community projects.

Portfolio holder for economic development Coun Howard Johnson told the cabinet that if the marina project falls by the wayside, the council will ensure the money is spent in Sutton Bridge rather than returned to the power station.

A report to the cabinet says the day nursery could create up to five new jobs.

It also says the parish council has a number of community projects that the remaining funds would support, including creating new burial space and improving sporting facilities.

The cabinet agreed to give Coun Johnson delegated powers to distribute any future unspent funding to locally approved projects.

Coun Johnson told the meeting: “We want to see the money spent in Sutton Bridge before it is returned to the power station.”

The original power station payment was £1million but that had earned more than £145,720 by September this year.

According to district council figures, Sutton Bridge Community Centre has received three major payments so far – £418,846, £31,000 and £30,000.

Sums listed as allocated to the parish council are £50,000, £30,000 and £70,000.

Deputy council leader Coun Nick Worth told the cabinet he had visited the community centre the day before the meeting and was very impressed.

He said: “It is something Sutton Bridge can be genuinely proud of.”