Council leader should apologise for loss of taxpayers £1.3million cash

More than £1.3million in taxpayers cash was ‘lost’ to unsound plans to build a ‘super-sized’ garden city on the outskirts of Stanway.

The proposals outlined in the now “unsound” local plan would have seen the largest new town built in the UK since Milton Keynes, emerging near the Stanway border.

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Last year a government inspector found the hugely unpopular emerging local plan proposals “unsound” and the scheme was axed, costing Colchester residents more than £1million.

During a Colchester Council cabinet meeting in September 2020, cabinet members agreed to effectively write off an additional £350,000 of taxpayers money to North Essex Garden Communities Limited.

Residents across Wivenhoe, Colchester and Stanway have now been burdened with this hefty bill at a time of financial uncertainty for many.

I’m not going to apologise” – Council boss refuses opportunity

The Council leader was given the opportunity by campaigner Jeremy Hagon during a Council meeting held on Wednesday 24th February, to apologise to residents across the borough “admitting his failure to lead a fiscally responsible council.”

Unfortunately, the opportunity was turned down, with Council Leader Cllr Cory (Lib Dem) saying, “I’m not going to apologise”, ahead of a vote to increase council tax across the Borough.