Council hands back developer’s cash after failing to spend it

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COUNCILLORS have had to hand back around £250,000 earmarked for improvements to Chichester Canal – because the money wasn’t spent in time.

The cash had been given to Chichester District Council under a legal agreement as part of the Chichester Gate development. Chairman of the Stockbridge Residents’ Association, Alan Green, said the situation with the developer’s money was appalling and there was no reason for it not to be spent.

Cllr Alan Chaplin added: ‘This is very regrettable.’