Play equipment for a town centre, outdoor play and learning space, extension of a hall for community use and a defibrillator – just some of the recent projects awarded funding through Elmbridge’s Community Infrastructure Fund.
The Community Infrastructure Fund (CIL) allows Elmbridge Borough Council to raise funds through borough development to help pay for the physical infrastructure needed to mitigate the impacts of new development. The bulk of the money raised goes towards strategic borough wide schemes such as highway schemes, permanent school expansions or flood works. However, as part of the process, the council also allocates a portion of these funds to be spent locally on smaller infrastructure schemes that are required in the communities where development took place.
The council has formed area committees known as Local Spending Boards where local Councillors decide on how these local CIL funds will be allocated. In the case of Claygate, the local proportion of CIL funds will be passed directly to the Parish Council.
The definition of infrastructure is broad and includes:
- roads and other transport infrastructure
- flood defences
- schools and other educational facilities
- medical facilities
- sporting and recreational facilities
- open spaces
Cllr Karen Randolph, Portfolio Holder for Planning Services is a keen advocate of the CIL process and is delighted that local groups have benefitted from the funding: “In this latest round of CIL funding, it was great to see such a diversity of projects being supported by the council. Working in partnership with schools, charities and other non-profit organisations CIL can provide vital funding to help improve the lives of the people of Elmbridge.”
A sample of some of the projects supported through the local CIL funding are listed below:
- Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets building for the future
- St James Church of England Primary School toilet and cloakroom upgrade
- Cardinal Newman Catholic Primary school hall extension
- Patient participation group defibrillator
- Hinchley Wood Primary School playground upgrade
- Chatterbus ticketing machine upgrade
“The CIL funding has made such a big difference and we are hugely appreciative of the support given to us. We are now progressing the training centre project, which will provide an important place for young people across the community”, says Mrs Cramp, Chairman, Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets
The next application period for CIL funding, for 2020-2021, is anticipated to open in February 2020, with the boards being held in June and early July 2020. Please visit the community infrastructure levy webpage for more information.