How we spend CIL - Strategic funding

The strategic monies can be spent anywhere in the borough, regardless of which area they came from. The Borough Council is responsible for deciding what strategic projects are funded from CIL monies.


How will we prioritise which projects receive strategic funding?

We manage an Infrastructure Delivery Schedule (IDS) which lists all those projects identified as being necessary to support the delivery of the Local Plan.  Officers then assess all projects on the IDS, against a set of criteria, to prepare a shortlist of recommendations.  

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. The draft CFP will go out to public consultation each year and you can tell us whether you agree or disagree with the shortlisted projects and any options for spending. The results of the public consultation are then used to prepare a final recommendation for funding which must then be approved by Cabinet.

Inclusion of a project on the IDS or R123 list does not guarantee the project will receive CIL funding. There is no deadline setting out how quickly the council must spend the strategic CIL monies. Each year, we will set aside £100,000 to fund smaller infrastructure projects. The remainder will be saved into a funding pot to pay for the larger, costlier infrastructure items we need.


2019 CIL Funding Programme (for 2020/21) approved:

  • £100,000 to the rebuild of Hesketh Bank Community Centre
  • £225,000 to the play area at Tawd Valley, Skelmersdale


Previous CIL funding approved:

2018 CIL Funding Programme (for 2019/20) approved:

  • £60,000 to access improvements at Hunters Hill Country Park
  • £31,000 to public right of way improvements at Sluice Lane, Rufford

2017 CIL Funding Programme (for 2018/19) approved:

  • £25,000 for Mere Sands Wood Visitor Centre Phase II
  • £60,000 for Chequer Lane Playing Field facilities
  • £40,000 for Whittle Drive Playing Field facilities
  • £300,000 towards the Tawd Valley Park Masterplan

2016 CIL Funding Programme (for 2017/18) approved:

  • £150,000 for Burscough Towpath improvements (completed)
  • £20,000 for Stanley Coronation Park improvements, Skelmersdale (completed)
  • £3,000 for Mere Sands Wood Visitor Centre Phase 1 (completed)

 2015 CIL Funding Programme (for 2016/17) approved:

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


Ormskirk local monies

In the absence of a parish council, we retain 15% of CIL monies collected in a non-parished area and use them to fund projects in that area, to ensure that CIL can directly benefit the area the monies came from. We do this in consultation with the local community.  


2019 Ormskirk local monies (for 2020/21) approved:

  • £29,000 to play area improvements at Thompson Avenue

2018 Ormskirk local monies (for 2019/20) approved:

  • £50,000 to improving the signal co-ordination for gyratory traffic in Ormskirk town centre
  • £53,000 to improving the cycle and pedestrian link between the rail station and the bus station