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Town council seek repayment of thousands of pounds following Tesco agreement




Swaffham Town Council has been reimbursed more than £100,000 following an agreement with a retailer but a further £50,000 still needs to be claimed.

Breckland Council will pay £117,623 to the town council after a Section 106 agreement had previously been agreed with the Tesco Milngate store in the town.

Town clerk Richard Bishop said Breckland are reimbursing the council for money already paid out of the Town Centre Project last year.

Swaffham councillors discussed the Tesco Milngate reimbursement during a council meeting last week
Swaffham councillors discussed the Tesco Milngate reimbursement during a council meeting last week

However, the town council now has until the end of December for the remaining claim of £53,608 from Tesco.

Mr Bishop said: “There is clear support from Breckland Council for an extension on delivery to June 30 2020, that would still have to be agreed by Tesco/Millngate and there are other alternatives for the council to explore to mitigate any perceived loss.

“It’s a loss that would now not leave the council out of pocket, although it could at worst leave an unfunded project like the planned public toilet refurbishment.”

Last week town councillors discussed the likelihood of receiving funds to “mitigate the potential loss of money already spent by the council”.

Residents4Residents councillor Ian Pilcher said: “If they do call it in and there is any blockage we would have to seek consultation.”

Swaffham mayor Jill Skinner said: “The deadline for this is December 31 so we haven’t got long.” Section 106 is a legal agreement between an applicant seeking planning permission and the local planning authority.


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