Town Councillors Recommend Two Projects For Funding From New Estate Builder’s Contribution

When Barratt build their 162-home estate alongside Wincombe Lane, they will need to make a £144,000 contribution to local infrastructure. It is known as a ‘section 106’ payment.

Last Tuesday, a Shaftesbury Town Council committee discussed what that money could be spent on.

Cllr Alex Chase wanted to consult younger residents through the proposed youth council. But councillors had to make a quick decision because Dorset Council needs schemes identified by the end of July. Listen to our report and hear why youth club improvements, netball and tennis facilities were not supported. And councillors didn’t want to negotiate reducing Shaftesbury Town Council’s share of the section 106 payment if Dorset Council allows access to St Mary’s School facilities.

Shaftesbury skate park

Instead, the committee recommended using the money to enhance the skate park and Wincombe Recreation Ground. The full Council will have the final say.