SPENDING of more than £1 million on security and tenant payments at the controversial Park Hill flats in Sheffield is set to be approved today.
A meeting of Sheffield Council’s cabinet will decide the costs as the scheme to revamp the development progresses.
The money is part of £2.5 million Town Hall chiefs set aside last year after the Government’s Homes and Community Agency withdrew funding.
Opposition councillors have criticised the authority over the £1.1 million allocation, saying developers Urban Splash are not picking up any extra costs and it had been promised the development would come at no price to the council.
Coun Simon Clement-Jones, shadow cabinet member for finance, said public services should be protected instead.
He added: “Although we can’t reverse the original decision to approve this project, we should be protecting taxpayers from picking up the bill.
“With ever more public money pouring into this black hole, it’s becoming clearer that Labour have lost grip of the situation.”
But Labour leaders pointed out the money had been budgeted for since 2011 and these were not new costs.
Coun Harry Harpham said: “These costs are not for Urban Splash to spend on the redevelopment but for other costs on the Park Hill site, such as security and home loss payments which we are legally required to pay to tenants.
“This was due to be paid from a Government grant but Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats in government have cut this funding and left the council to pick up the costs.”
A report to the meeting said the £1,129 ‘variation’ would be funded from income included in this year’s capital programme.