Communities benefit from thousands of pounds in funding from Community Infrastructure Levy

Friday, 26 February, 2021

Communities across the borough of Havant will benefit from thousands of pounds in funding from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

It was agreed at a recent Havant Borough Council Full Council meeting that 12 of the projects who had bid for funding through the CIL Neighbourhood Portion bidding process, held in the summer of 2020, would receive funds.

Developers pay the levy when they build in the borough enabling the council to invest in infrastructure projects such as schools, transport links, open spaces and recreational facilities.   The ‘neighbourhood portion’ makes up 15% of the money collected. Each year groups and organisations can bid for a share to fund projects to benefit the local community.

Councillor Leah Turner, Cabinet Lead for Coastal Communities at Havant Borough Council, said: “Since introducing CIL in 2015 many local communities across the borough have benefitted from millions of pounds of investment in hundreds of projects.

“This year was no exception and we are contributing funding to a dozen projects across the borough, which will improve the lives of residents.”

The council agreed £438,330 of CIL funding in February 2021 to support the following projects:

  • Age Concern Hayling Island building renovations - £6,000
  • Surgery fit out upgrade Emsworth Surgery Patient Participation Group - £12,200
  • Enhanced access for people with disabilities at 3rd Hayling Scout Group - £8,000
  • YMCA Emsworth, Redlands Grange - £200,000
  • Acorn Community Centre extension - Wecock Community Association -£87,880
  • Elstead Gardens to Ladybridge Road path (PAWARA) - £11,950
  • Artificial cricket pitch at Bidbury Mead, Bedhampton Mariners Cricket Club - £5,460
  • Citizens Advice Centre and Help Hub - £55,000
  • HAMESH Men’s Shed relocation and expansion - £15,000
  • Energy efficiency improvements at The Spring Arts Centre - £32,050
  • Refurbishment of conservatory and lounge at Domestic Abuse Refuge - £2,720
  • Widbrook Utd - Bartons Green store room - £2,050

Find out more about how the council collects and allocates funds from developers.