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Council Supports Plan to Fund £2 Million Charles Street Development Phase


5:34pm 21st January 2014
(Updated 5:44pm 21st January 2014)

A Council Scrutiny Committee has backed proposals to fund the 2nd phase of the controversial Charles Street Development in Dorchester.

Councillors agreed to support developers Simons second phase of the project at a meeting today (Tuesday 21st January).

It means an estimated £2 million could be coming from West Dorset District Council to help finish off the development.

Developers Simons need the money to continue their work.

A spokesperson for the local authority told Wessex FM the committee's recommendation will now go before the Councils Executive Committee and Full Council before anything is finalised.

The Charles Street development has been the source of much controversy with campaigners saying money could be better spent elsewhere.

District Councillor Alistair Chisholm is firmly against bailing out the developers;

"When will Simons the developers come back, maybe in 6 months’ time and say we need a little bit more money, and then a little more and more. It seems the bucket that holds precious public money has a few holes in it."

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