The ways of providing and withholding rewards are many and various...
SECTION 106 FUNDING:
There is the question of how developers get planning applications through:
Futures Forum: 'Planning gain' - the replacement for S106 cash from developers - the Community Infrastructure Levy - but is it still 'bribery' by a different name?
The Leader of the District Council has recently stated that
Development as you know is the major source of funding for socially desirable projects via S106 or a unilateral undertaking.
... with a comment that
The logic of Cllr Diviani’s disingenuous reply is that “socially desirable” projects can only be afforded at the cost of covering the District in concrete.
There has been a lot of pressure on independents of late:
Futures Forum: "Independents, Independents, Independents."
Futures Forum: Independent Councillors - independent voices
The question has arisen whether the District Council has been deliberately withholding funding from Ottery St Mary -because they have two independent Councillors:
Leader of Council Paul Diviani replies to Councillor Claire Wright – you need development to keep car parking charges from rising! | Sidmouth Independent News
Meanwhile, there is the issue of how far a leading District Councillor exercised influence:
EDDC, Brown and EDBF: the position so far ….. | Sidmouth Independent News
Byzantium | Sidmouth Independent News