Residents in Bath are being asked to help decide which neighbourhood projects should receive a new round of community funding.
Bath & North East Somerset Council has launched a public consultation on whether any current applications for Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) for Bath should be awarded funding to support the development of their areas.
It’s the first time that the council has asked residents to support ward councillors in making the CIL funding decisions.
The five projects in Bath that have applied for CIL funding in the latest round are:
- An interpretation project to provide artwork, graphics and display boards, and pool tiles explaining the history of Cleveland Pools – £69,300
- A permanent canopy at the new kiosk building at Cleveland Pools – £48,000
- A Safe Space Centre run by the charity Voices where services responding to Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) could be based- £47,214
- A Multiple-Use Games Area (MUGA) at Percy Community Centre – £74,253.60
- A building renovation project at Komedia – £49,481
The consultation and details of the projects can be viewed here. The consultation closes at 5pm on March 3.
Councillor Kevin Guy, council Leader, said: “One of our main principles is to give people a bigger say and this is equally as important for smaller community projects as it is for our major schemes. We want to hear from Bath residents on whether any of the current round applications should receive funding from the CIL for Bath. You can choose more than one project – all we ask is that you tell us why your chosen project or projects should receive some funding.”
Following the consultation, residents’ feedback will be included in the next meeting of the Advisory Board on March 8 at which eight Bath ward councillors will make the funding decisions.
Residents can also email their views and comments to BathCIL@bathnnes.gov.uk
Further rounds of CIL funding for Bath will be consulted on in due course.
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area.
From the overall Community Infrastructure Levy that is allocated, Bath receives 15% of the receipts which are allocated to The Neighbourhood Portion of CIL for Bath.
Since its introduction The Neighbourhood Portion of CIL for Bath has allocated over £1.2 million to 39 projects. Our Community Funding Projects Map shows where these projects are across the City.