Facilities in Leigh Park Community Centre to get a facelift

Friday, 10 May, 2019

Havant Borough Council is contributing more than £12,000 from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for the refurbishment of Leigh Park Community Centre.

The overall cost of the project will be a total of £21,960 with half of the amount being funded by the CIL.

Communities First Wessex, who manage the centre in Dunsbury Way, have match funded the cost of the works that will see the function bar area, kitchen and garden renovated.

CIL is a charge by local authorities to collect funds from new developments. It can be used to fund facilities ranging from strategic projects such as improvements to roads and schools across the borough to local infrastructure and community projects.

Once complete the community centres function bar area will be decorated and the commercial kitchen will have new stainless-steel worktops.  The garden will welcome new fencing and ground work making it a fully accessible multi-functional family friendly outdoor space for the local community.

Simon Jenkins, Director of Regeneration and Place at Havant Borough Council said: “This project is a great example of how funding from new developments in the borough can be used to benefit the local community. 

“Other projects that have already benefitted include a replacement kitchen for Age UK, and a new lobby at the Station Theatre both on Hayling Island, improvements to accessibility at St Faiths Church, Havant and studies to consider extending Hayling Sports Centre and the Acorn Centre, Wecock.

“Whilst these are large projects, CIL funding can also be used for smaller items and I would urge residents to come forward to their local neighbour group or councillor to put forward their suggestions.”

For residents interested in improving their area the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) will be open for nominations for infrastructure projects or suggested schemes from Friday 28 June.

Nominations can be made through neighbourhood groups and councillors for a range of local projects that will benefit the community.  Those who want to nominate a project for CIL funding need to be prepared to match fund their project with 50% of the overall cost. Groups have until Friday 9 August to submit their bids.

More information on the bidding process and eligibility.

More information about the approved CIL spending.