Release Date: 22 August 2017
Thirty five local groups and community organisations have applied for funding for local projects through the new Village Planning Fund.
The Village Planning Fund comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy, a tax collected by Richmond upon Thames Council and paid by developers. A portion of the total tax collected will fund local priority projects which address the impact development has on an area.
Over the past two months, residents, businesses and community groups, living or operating within the borough, have been submitting their proposals on how the funding could be used.
There were suggestions from all Village Planning Fund ‘clusters’, and proposals for a variety of projects, including green space improvements, community vehicles, community café extensions, disability access for public buildings and a toy resource library.
All proposals are for projects worth more than £5,000 and must meet certain criteria. Over the next few weeks, officers will review all the applications to check that proposals are in line with the fund criteria.
Following this, in early Autumn residents across the borough will be asked to show their support for viable applications. Residents will be given a direct say on which of the projects should move forwards.
Cllr Pamela Fleming, Richmond Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Business and Community, said:
“This is a fantastic response. And, whilst we are still reviewing each of the proposals, I can already see that we have some excellent projects.
“Village Planning has given everyone a chance to identify priorities for their area and we have seen how passionate people are about where they live and work. This fund will help make some of the community ideas and initiatives a reality.
“I am looking forward to the next stage of the process, giving the community a real say in how this money should be spent.”
For more information, visit the Village Planning Fund page.
Villages in the borough have been grouped into clusters, to recognise wider areas where development may impact and to maximise the amount available to be spent locally. Each cluster has a Community Fund ‘pot’ collected from the developments that have taken place in each area.
The clusters are:
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Updated: 31 August 2017