Show your support for Community Fund projects

Release Date: 18 June 2018

Residents across the borough are encouraged to show their support for community projects as they look to funding from our Community Fund, previously the Village Planning Fund.

Earlier this year we invited local communities to submit their ideas for projects, which could receive part of the £1m Community Fund. Out of a total of 28 projects received, nine have met the criteria and will be going through to this next stage.

The Community Fund comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy, a tax collected by us and paid by developers. Each of the projects aims to support and improve the areas in which you live by meeting the impact of development on physical and social infrastructure.

There were suggestions from across the borough and the proposals that have been successful to this stage of the process include:

Barnes, Mortlake and East Sheen

  • Friends of Suffolk Road – a new natural playground with improved planting and more seating.

Ham and Petersham

  • Ham and Petersham Neighbourhood Forum – a feasibility study to see the transformation of St Richard’s Square.
  • Grey Court School – new and improved accessible sports changing facilities.

Teddington, Hampton Wick, Hampton Hill and Hampton

  • Teddington Cricket Club – a new pavilion offering more space and improved services to the local community.
  • MTV Youth – internal refurbishment of derelict building for use by a youth club in need of a home.
  • Hampton Hill URC – final phase works for ‘A Place to Go’ at the church.

Twickenham, East Twickenham, St Margarets, Whitton and Heathfield

  • London Wildlife Trust – enhance and improve the nature trail on Crane Park Island Nature Reserve.
  • SS Philip and James Church – transform green space around Whitton Church to create a Village Green.
  • East Twickenham Neighbourhood Association – extension to the Community Centre with a kitchen and café, and disability access.

From Monday 18 June until Friday 13 July, members of the public are invited to review each proposal online and express their support for up to two projects they think should receive the funding.

Cllr Michael Wilson, Cabinet Member for Equality, Communities and the Voluntary Sector, said:

“The purpose of the Community Fund is to use the Community Infrastructure Levy, paid by developers for developments in the borough, to help improve both physical and social infrastructure in our communities.

“Each of these projects would be worthy recipients of funding and I would encourage people living across the borough to have their say on which projects they feel would be most beneficial to their area.”

Have your say

Notes for editors

If you are a journalist and would like further information about this press release, contact Lyle Skipsey on 020 8487 5182.

Reference: P306/18

Updated: 28 June 2018