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West Berkshire Council to boost local infrastructure spending by £500,000

Community bidding process to be approved on October 15th

At its next public meeting on Thursday, October 15th, West Berkshire Council's Executive is set to approve an amendment to the proposals for future Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) spending to enable more local infrastructure projects to be delivered.

The Council has seen an increase in the funds it receives through CIL. To enable more of these CIL funds to be spent locally on infrastructure schemes in line with the CIL principles, a top slice of £500k is being set aside for community groups, including, but not restricted to, town and parish councils, to use on local schemes.

According to the proposed amendment, a bidding process will be put in place to encourage communities to come forward and set out opportunities for the CIL to be spent on local infrastructure. The funds are on top of the 15% (or 25% if there is a neighbourhood plan) community infrastructure levy that already goes to parish and town Councils.

Councillor Ross Mackinnon, Executive Portfolio Holder for Finance and Economic Development, West Berkshire, commented:

"It is vitally important for us to continue to spend the Community Infrastructure Levy to provide a wide range of infrastructure that supports the specific needs of the communities across the district. By setting aside £500k to be bid for by local communities, we want to encourage more local schemes that support our residents and help keep West Berkshire a great place to live, work and learn.

"We have seen through the response to Covid-19 the superb work from our local communities to support one another. I am really excited to see what new schemes might come forward to deliver welcome infrastructure."

 

Notes to editors

The Executive is the main decision-making body of the Council. The Executive meets in public usually every six weeks, with the event now taking place via Zoom due to Covid-19. The agenda for the October 15th event is located on the Council's decision-making section of the website here. The report containing the proposals for future Community Infrastructure Levy spending is attached to agenda item #7, with the proposed amendment starting on page 7.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a levy charged on most new developments within an authority area. The money is used to pay for new infrastructure supporting the development of an area by funding the provision, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure.