Saturday, 21 July 2018

Council going into business

SONNING Common Parish Council has been given more power to spend its money.

It can now run commercial enterprises after agreeing to use the general power of competence under the Localism Act.

Council chairman Douglas Kedge told a council meeting that this was a “terrific bonus”. He said: “There may be things coming up where previously we were limited because we could only spend a certain amount per resident but now we can spend whatever we wish.”

Parish clerk Philip Collings added: “If we wanted to do something like buy a pub, shop or coffee shop or run a writing competition or anything commercial this would allow us to do so.”

• An article in last week’s Henley Standard headlined “Budget increased to fund skate park” said Sonning Common Parish Council had increased its budget to £201,782 to help pay for the new skate park at Bishopswood Sports Ground.

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