£700k boost for community projects

New play spaces and an outdoor gym are among the community projects set to benefit from nearly £700,000 developer contribution funding.

The funding, known as the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Neighbourhood Portion, was launched last year. Since then over £2million has been allocated towards projects in the local area. 

The latest round of the CIL Neighbourhood Portion scheme will provide much-needed support to 19 worthwhile projects that deliver benefits in areas where development has taken place.

Projects receiving a funding boost include restoration of Selkirk Close Play Park in Merley, funding towards a new pre-school at Bishop Aldhelm’s Primary School in Branksome, the installation of an outdoor gym at Bearwood Primary School for use by students and the wider community, and environmental enhancements at Alexandra Park in Parkstone.

The Council invited community groups and businesses to submit bids for funding for projects that will help shape the development of their neighbourhood and improve the day-to-day life of local people.

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said: "The enthusiasm from local people has been really pleasing and has clearly been reflected in the quality of the bids. We received submissions for a variety of projects with different levels of financial support required and it was a difficult job to prioritise and agree which schemes would receive funding. We are delighted to be supporting these projects which will bring genuine benefit to the people of Poole.”

Cllr Potter, Portfolio Holder for Planning, Regeneration and Transportation said: “I am delighted that the Council is able to provide further support for delivering community projects through its CIL Neighbourhood Portion scheme. This brings the total to over £2million given to local communities in the last 18 months. I would like to thank all applicants for their bids in the third bidding round and look forward to seeing the funded projects be delivered over the coming months”.

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