Funding bids Invited for Local Projects

The following Press Release has been issued by Elmbridge Council:

Application process now open for annual funding to help improve the lives of Elmbridge residents

We are now accepting applications for annual local Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding. The application period is Thursday 13 February to Sunday 29 March, with the applications being reviewed in June and early July.

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.  As part of the process, we annually allocate a portion of CIL funds to be spent locally on smaller infrastructure schemes that are required in the communities where development took place. Settlement area committees known as Local Infrastructure Spending Boards have been formed 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. Successful local CIL applications have included projects such as capital improvements to state schools to better enable them to meet the needs of an increasing school population, improvements to community facilities, footpath works and countryside access improvements.

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:

“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. I would highly recommend local groups to review the criteria and submit an application for funding.”

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 CIC 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.” Mrs Cramp, Chairman, Sunbury and Walton Sea Cadets