Community projects given the green light by Cabinet

Cabinet councillors today (Thursday, July 7) approved the latest round of funding from the Community Infrastructure Levy with many chosen projects bringing benefits for people’s health and wellbeing. 

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge that local authorities can make on developments to raise funds for infrastructure projects, as a result of local development and growth. The CIL is payable upon commencement of a development and since 2015 the council has collected more than £13.09 million. 

Projects endorsed by the council include CIL contributions of £56,000 for the cycle rack and meander path on the unmade road leading to the seafront beside Cliff Gardens and Pump Field; £40,000 for improvements to the pathway in Centenary Park, Peacehaven; £35,000 for enhancements to Ouse Valley Way; £26,000 for pathway resurfacing at the Iford Estate; £19,000 for a community garden adjacent to Denton Primary School; and £11,196 for Seaford Salts Walkway improvements. 

Young people are set to benefit with £50,000 for a skate park in Newick; £58,250 to refurbish a playpark in Malthouse Way, Cooksbridge; £27,000 for a playground replacement in Hamsey; and up to £5,000 to create a shelter for forest school at Chatsworth Park.

Councillor Stephen Gauntlett, Cabinet member for Planning and Infrastructure, said: “This funding is great news for people of all ages across Lewes district, enabling projects to go ahead that will make a positive difference to their lives. 

“I’m delighted too that many of these schemes focus on the environment and improving outdoor spaces as these are crucial for the health and wellbeing of our residents.” 

Community facilities also in line for CIL funding include £30,364 for final works to Wivelsfield Village Hall; £24,415 for refurbishment of changing facilities at Hillcrest Boxing Club in Newhaven; £5,000 for Newhaven and Seaford Sailing Club’s changing and disabled access facilities; and £4,167 for the resurfacing and remarking of badminton court at Newick Village Hall.