Whilst Hertsmere Borough Council proudly announce that a developer who failed to pay the Community Infrastructure Levy on his Bushey Heath development has paid up on the eve of a court hearing, they still sit on millions of CiL money.
The funds, which are levied on planning applications, are meant to be destined for much needed local infrastructure projects and can be awarded to local schools, surgeries, clubs and community organisations. But instead, most of the money remains unspent.
WD Developments and Construction Ltd finally paid the £25k that was owed, and Hertsmere are pursuing other debtors.
Hertsmere Labour Leader Cllr Jeremy Newmark said:
“Whilst it is important that these funds are recovered, they must be awarded to community projects and not simply held in the Council coffers.”