Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Council calls for residents' views on infrastructure funding

  • Community Infrastructure Levy helps supports new infrastructure projects in the Borough
  • Residents invited to comment on schemes shortlisted to receive CIL funding next year, and suggest any new schemes that could help support new development across the Borough

 

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows the Council to raise funds from developers who are undertaking new building projects in the Borough. The monies raised must then be used to deliver community infrastructure which can help support new development across the Borough. We can use CIL monies to help deliver a variety of infrastructure types including play areas, parks, open spaces, leisure facilities, cycle paths, footpaths and community facilities.

 A large proportion of the funds are being used to invest in larger more expensive projects such as Skelmersdale Town Centre development and investment in new leisure centres. However, each year the Council can allocate up to £200,000 of CIL monies to fund smaller-scale projects. This year, the Council have shortlisted the following projects for CIL funding:

  • £31,555 to help fund the Dial-a-ride transport service for one year
  • £37,650 to create an activity community hub at Skelmersdale Ecumenical Centre, Skelmersdale

Some of the CIL money we collect is retained for use in the area of the original development. This portion is usually passed to a parish or town council to deliver local projects. However, because Ormskirk and Skelmersdale do not have a parish or town council, the Council must decide how to spend any available funding in those areas, in consultation with local communities. We have shortlisted a further project to use the 'Neighbourhood CIL' monies available in Skelmersdale:

  • £10,760 to create a track and trim-trail in Ashurst, Skelmersdale

Through the consultation, we welcome comments on our shortlisted schemes as well as any new suggestions of any infrastructure projects the monies could be used to fund.  Project suggestions can be for anywhere in the Borough but must be community infrastructure and must support new, not existing, development.

Councillor Ian Moran, Leader of West Lancashire Borough Council, said: "CIL money gives us a great opportunity to support our communities with infrastructure projects they feel will bring the most benefit to them."

"We want to hear directly about residents' opinions and ideas on how their area can benefit from these monies, so please get involved in this consultation and help us decide how the money should be spent."

Anyone can comment on the borough-wide projects. However, due to national guidance, the public consultation regarding the use of Neighbourhood CIL monies in Skelmersdale and Ormskirk is limited to residents and businesses of those areas only.

Residents can submit their views between Thursday 23 September and Friday 22 October 2021. To comment or find out further information on the draft CIL Funding Programme visit  www.westlancs.gov.uk/CFP.

All comments received through the consultation will be considered as we prepare our final recommendations to Members. A final decision on how we spend CIL monies will be made by the Council’s Cabinet later in 2021/22.