Council ordered to repay £150,000 in European funding

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Mansfield District Council has failed in a High Court challenge to an order that it must repay more than £150,000 in European funding for a regeneration of the area around Mansfield Woodhouse train station.

A High Court judge in London agreed with the Government’s stance that the council had breached EU requirements by failing to open up the tender process to contractors on the continent ahead of granting contracts to A&S Enterprises.

As a result, Mr Justice Foskett backed the decision of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to “claw back” 25 per cent of the total funding granted by the European Regional Development Fund for the two related projects as part of the Station Gateway Public Realm Improvement Works.

 

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