by Alan Dean on 1 July, 2017
Uttlesford’s cabinet is to be asked on 10 July to release £200,000 of the remaining balance of money paid into a community pot by developers/homeowners living at Forest Hall Park, Stansted.
I can add little information to this report but would welcome views on how the remaining money should be spent. Please comment on this blog, or on Facebook. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I guess the only question I would ask is whether there are needs of the “persons occupying or to occupy the dwellings within the (Forest Hall Park) Development” (to quote the legal agreement) that should at least be considered when deciding what to do with the remaining £250,000 of the original pot of £1.4 million? A list of ideas was drawn up several years ago that included a walkable and safe footpath down the western edge of the development to Stoney Common to address the overgrown and uneven path that exists. This has not been implemented.
I have a meeting on Tuesday morning, so any responses received by then will be shared with my district and parish council colleages.
UPDATE Wednesday 5th July 2017
The meeting took place on Tuesday morning. There are now the beginnings an understanding with the parish council that more funding needs to be directed at Forest Hall Park than there has been over the past ten years. More news on that by next week, I hope.
In the meantime, here are the financial facts below (and at this PDF) as they will stand if Uttlesford’s cabinet’s paper is agreed on July 13th. Note the very small sums used directly at FHP. I am hoping the cabinet’s agreement with Stansted Parish Council will be better worded in favour of FHP by the time it is agreed next Thursday.
|S106 STANSTED (FOREST HALL PARK) COMMUNITY POT|
|Cabinet date||Proposal||Funding Agreed||Location|
|18/10/2011||Improvements to Recreation Ground, Bentfield Upper Green and Mountfitchet Green play areas||150,000||Stansted (ex-FHP)|
|18/10/2011||Crafton Green complex||500,000||Stansted (ex-FHP)|
|24/10/2013||Crafton Green complex – additional funding||100,000||Stansted (ex-FHP)|
|10/07/2017 *||Crafton Green complex – additional funding||200,000||Stansted (ex-FHP)|
|08/12/2011||Birchanger Wood – footpath refurbishment||35,000||Birchanger|
|08/12/2011||Birchanger Nursery – garden surface renovation||7,000||Birchanger|
|19/01/2012||St Mary’s Church – comfort facilities||90,000||Birchanger|
|19/01/2012||Birchanger Sports and Social Club + Birchanger Bowls Club – repairs / modifications||80,000||Birchanger|
|19/01/2012||Birchanger Village Hall – car park extension, ground levelling, equipment provision||192,295||Birchanger|
|18/10/2011||FH Park – litter / dog waste bins||5,000||Forest Hall Park|
|19/03/2015||Picnic benches for FH Park||2,110||Forest Hall Park|
|* To be agreed.||Grand total allocated by 10/07/17||1,361,405|
|Total legal obligations (original fund total)||1,403,250|
|Balance remaining at 10/07/17||41,845||Corrected for cabinet paper error.|
Thanks for the numerous suggestions for projects sent on this blog, be email and on Facebook. I will be passing them on to all Stansted’s councillors.