Request to spend Asda cash rebuked

A request to use money from a planning agreement with Asda on improvements in Heanor was rebuked by a county councillor.

When planning permission was granted to build the Asda store in Langley Mill, Amber Valley Borough Council negotiated £50,000 to improve shop fronts in the area.

Local businesses need to apply for the money, but a recent report by the borough council states interest in the scheme has dwindled - and with £30,000 still to spend from the fund, it has suggested Heanor shops be given the opportunity to bid for the cash.

However, Cllr Kevin Parkinson says the money should stay in Langley Mill.