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How we spend CIL - Consultation on strategic funding

We have been collecting CIL since September 2014. Some of the monies we have received must be given to parish councils as the neighbourhood portion and some monies must be used on administration costs. However, the remainder will be available to spend on strategic projects across the borough.

Each year, we will prepare a document called the CIL Funding Programme (CFP). The CFP is a document which sets out the options as to how we can spend strategic CIL monies in the following financial year and recommends a number of short-listed projects for consideration. 

To benefit from CIL monies, the project must match an infrastructure type listed on the R123 list, appear on the Infrastructure Delivery Schedule and be needed or demanded as a result of new development. The CIL Funding Programme consultation document (below) explains this in more detail, along with information on the process for identifying funds, and the shortlisted projects and options recommended at this stage.

2016 CIL Funding Programme (for 2017/18)

We undertook public consultation on the CIL Funding Programme for 2017/18 between 6 October and 4 November 2016. We considered all the comments we received and used them to help inform our final recommendations on the funding programme. A feedback report can be found below, which sets out how we responded to your comments. Cabinet members then made the final decision in January 2017 as to which schemes will be allocated CIL monies in 2017/18. The following projects were chosen:

  • £150,000 to canal towpath improvements between Burscough Wharf and Glovers Swing Bridge near Lathom. The project will upgrade a key section of a strategic route for cycling and walking on the pier-to-pier route between Southport and Wigan. Additional funding will be provided by the Canal and Rivers Trust.
  • £20,000 for improvements to upgrade and extend the play area at Stanley Coronation Park, Skelmersdale. 
  • £3,000 for improvements to Mere Sands Wood Visitor Centre (Phase One) to develop public facilities and support the use of the centre for education activities, evening talks and other events. Additional funding for the project will be provided by the Lancashire Wildlife Trust.




The remainder of the collected monies will be pooled to be spent on strategic schemes in the future.

Previous consultations

2015 CIL Funding Programme (for 2016/17)

We asked for your views in October 2015 as to how you thought CIL monies should be spent in 2016/17. The consultation documents, including the feedback report and final Cabinet report, are available on our previous consultation on CIL funding page. The first 3 projects approved, by Cabinet in January 2016, for CIL funding are:

  • Skelmersdale allotments (£20,000)
  • Improvements to car parking at Station Approach, Ormskirk (£15,000)
  • Boardwalk at Haskayne Cutting Nature Reserve (£8,000)

The remainder of the monies were 'rolled-over' to be spent on strategic schemes in the future.

Further information

If you require any further information, please contact the CIL Officer, using the contact details from the contact area of this page.