Nottingham

Resignation call after Mansfield District Council error

Labour councillors are calling for the resignation of Mansfield's deputy mayor after a clerical error cost the council almost £400,000.

The money was given to the district council by developers Bloor Homes in a section 106 agreement but the authority did not spend it within the time limit.

The Labour group will urge councillor Roger Sutcliffe to step down over the error at a full council meeting later.

Mr Sutcliffe, from the Independent Forum, was not available for comment.

Bloor Homes agreed to fund community schemes after it was granted permission to build 30 homes on Atkins Lane in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, in 2004.

'Catastrophic failure'

The deadline for spending the money was August 2009 but an error was made when inputting the information into the council's database and the funds were given a deadline of August 2011.

The district council confirmed it had now paid back the original sum of £340,000 with interest.

Labour leader, Councillor Martin Lee, said: "This was a catastrophic failure on the part of the council to utilise much needed funds for community improvements in the Oakham area.

"Under the constitution the portfolio holder for resources is fully responsible for financial decision making and internal and external auditing.

"This error happened on his watch and the buck stops with him."

The money was due to be spent on improvements to Quarry Lane Nature Reserve, work on the 190-year-old listed viaduct in Mansfield and improvements to the Hermitage Lane Nature Reserve including paths and fencing.

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