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How we spend CIL - Strategic funding

The strategic monies can be spent anywhere in the borough, regardless of which area they came from. For example, as a result of new development we may decide a new leisure centre in Skelmersdale is needed, which will serve to help improve leisure opportunities for residents in Skelmersdale and the wider surrounding areas. 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.

 

2018 CIL Funding Programme (for 2019/20)

We consulted on the draft CIL Funding Programme for 2019/20 between Friday 12 October and Friday 9 November 2018.  All the comments we received will now be considered to help inform the preparation of our final recommendations for CIL Funding. Our Cabinet will make the final decision in January 2019.

 Decisions will be posted here in January.

 

Previous CIL funding approved

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
  • £20,000 for Stanley Coronation Park improvements, Skelmersdale 
  • £3,000 for Mere Sands Wood Visitor Centre Phase 1

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

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