Cash must go back to fund

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COUNCILLORS in Sutton Bridge are looking for safeguards in the event of the village’s yet to be built marina being sold off.

The parish council is dead set against £830,000 of public money being put into the project and disputes the county council’s claim that it will generate £200,000 a year in economic spin-offs for the district.

Some £400,000 has been earmarked from Section 106 power station money – a fund administered by South Holland District Council – and the parish council has already protested about that.

At Tuesday’s parish council meeting, outgoing chairman Christopher Brandon-King said Sutton Bridge needed to be sure the Section 106 money would return to the Sutton Bridge Development Fund in the event of the marina being sold off by the county council at any future date.

Members agreed a proposition from vice-chairman John Grimwood that £400,000 or 48 per cent of the sale proceeds – whichever is greater – should return to the development fund should the marina be sold.

Later in the meeting, Coun Brandon-King said South Holland District Council and Lincolnshire County Council appeared to believe the parish council was fully behind the marina and felt letters should go out to “disabuse them of that view”.

The parish council has previously called on the district and county councils to take a fresh look at the business case for the marina before anything more is done.