The Conservative Council has failed to collect millions of pounds from developers since 2012.
The money, known as the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), has been payable to the council on large developments. The current council administration has admitted that up to 300 developments have not been charged or not sufficiently charged. £6 million has been paid while only £0.8m has been spent as part of the “village” planning process.
However what has come as unpleasant surprise is the revelation that some projects now recognised as needing to pay CIL have not so far been charged. Some of that money may be lost for good.
Cllr Gareth Roberts said,“This failure to collect money from developers, on behalf of residents by the council, calls into question their financial competency, especially at a time when there is so much financial pressure on the council”.