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West Berkshire Council announces £500k Community Infrastructure Levy fund now open for bids

Issued on: 1 December 2020

West Berkshire Council is accepting bids for Community Infrastructure Levy grants between £10,000 and £100,000 for use towards local infrastructure projects to be implemented by 31 March 2022. The guidance and application form are posted on the Council's website at https://info.westberks.gov.uk/cilbidding. The bid application closing date is 5pm, 10 January 2021.

The successful bids will be funded by the £500,000 set aside by the Council from its Community Infrastructure Levy. These grants 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.

The bidding process is open to community groups and other infrastructure providers/partners in West Berkshire, ward members, town and parish councils and organisations that wish to deliver infrastructure that will benefit the residents and businesses of the area.

The proposed schemes must deliver the infrastructure requirements of the West Berkshire Infrastructure Delivery Plan and meet the needs of the adopted Local plan. In addition the proposals must demonstrate how the projects will fit with the Council Strategy and the Covid-19 Recovery Strategy. The final bids will proposed to Executive (the Council's decision-making body) on 11 February 2021 to be included as part of the 2021-22 budget.

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

"Ensuring that we have the right infrastructure to support residents across the district is a vital aim for the Council. We want to hear from as many community groups as possible with their ideas for projects that will deliver infrastructure at a local level and help keep West Berkshire a great place to live, work and learn.

"This is an exciting opportunity that should help us bring to fruition the schemes that our communities want. By maximising the links with our communities, rather than deciding everything from the Council first, we anticipate that this will help generate new thinking and greater participation in infrastructure planning. This community approach also fits in well with our new communication and engagement strategy."

Notes to editors

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.