We are all aware of the impact of growth and progress on an area and we can often become frustrated by busier roads and longer wait times for an appointment with our GPs but the Community Infrastructure Levy or CIL can help. Created by the Government in 2010, it allows Councils like Elmbridge, to raise funds from some new forms of development, to help fund infrastructure demands of new housing development in an area.
In the last few years this funding has contributed to the following projects, to name but a few;
The newly opened Broadwater Path in Walton-on-Thames which allows greater access to the Elmbridge countryside
The expansion of both Manby Lodge Infant School in Weybridge and Ashley C of E Primary School in Walton-on-Thames (in partnership with Surrey County Council)
Increased cycle parking facilities at Hinchley Wood Station has allowed more cyclists to park safely at the station.
The walking path around Coronation Recreation Ground allowing residents an all-weather route to local schools and Hersham Station.
Now is the time for local organisations to consider applying for Community Infrastructure Levy funding. The window of opportunity is 20 November to 19 January 2018 and we would encourage all local organisations who are in a position to help improve local physical infrastructure, to submit an application form.
Councillor Karen Randolph, Portfolio Holder for Planning at Elmbridge Borough Council is an strong supporter of the Community Infrastructure Levy and is very keen for local organisations to submit their proposals;
“In the last four years, the Community Infrastructure Levy has allowed us to improve the lives of the residents of Elmbridge in a wide variety of ways from helping school expansion to improved walking and cycling access around the Borough. If you are a local organisation that can help improve the physical infrastructure of the Borough, please visit our website to access the application form.”
The Community Infrastructure Levy application process is open from 20 November to 19 January 2018.