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Democracy returns to The Gambia: new President meets Marlborough link delegation

Written by Dr Nick Maurice on .

Democracy returns to The Gambia: new President meets Marlborough link delegation

Dr Nick Maurice has been back to Marlborough's long-standing link village of Gunjur in The Gambia to see the return of 'democracy, peace and harmony'.  As the leader of an opposition coalition, Adama Barrow was elected President in elections on December 1.   After six weeks of tension and the threat

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Swindon press headline: "Housing developers to help fund social projects" - that's how Section 106 should work

Written by Tony Millett on .

Swindon press headline:

It's a news story for the Swindon press: "Housing developers to help fund social projects" - putting Section 106 payments into the headlines.  What is more this development will include affordable homes.

There was disbelief, condemnation and anger in Marlborough at the waiving altogether of the agreed £334,625:51 Section

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Marlborough’s hidden poverty problem to be discussed by Area Board

Written by Peter Davison on .

Marlborough’s hidden poverty problem to be discussed by Area Board

With its public school, posh shops and car parks dominated by high-end motors, it’s hard to imagine that Marlborough has a poverty problem.

But with families in rural isolation, few employment opportunities within walking distance and little public transport availability, hard-to-heat old houses, and the bottom rung of the property

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Marlborough's loss of affordable housing money was just the edge of a multi-million pound hole in housing policy

Written by Tony Millett on .

Marlborough's loss of affordable housing money was just the edge of a multi-million pound hole in housing policy

Has the government been serious about supporting the construction of affordable homes using Section 106 money paid by developers building normal residential housing?  Marlborough's recent experience and the past record of the Exeter-based consultancy, which boasts the name of "S106 Management", would suggest that it has not been very serious

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