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More than £600k granted to community projects

More than half a million pounds is set to be allocated to community projects across the borough.

On Wednesday 6 November, Test Valley Borough Council’s cabinet is expected to award £200k to the Plaza Theatre in Romsey to go towards an extension which will allow for a major upgrade of the facility. Meanwhile £100k will go towards improving access at Charlton Lakes, with £95k allocated to Braishfield village hall to create a new store room and upgraded kitchen.

Other projects set to benefit include Longparish playground, Ampfield recreation ground, Valley Park community centre, Over Wallop War Memorial and Hurstbourne Tarrant flood alleviation scheme. They will each receive a share of just over £200k between them.

The money comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy or CIL, which the council charges on new development across the borough that meets certain criteria. Those looking to provide new infrastructure, facilities or services can then bid for a share of the levy money.

Local projects can bid for CIL funding between April 1 and June 30 each year. There is currently just under £1.2M in the pot.

Planning portfolio holder and deputy leader of Test Valley Borough Council, Councillor Nick Adams-King, said: “New development is crucial to our borough but we must ensure that the local infrastructure can support this growth. The CIL levy enables us to do just that and I am pleased to see so many deserving projects expected to receive a share of the funds.

“I would like to thank all those who submitted bids and look forward to seeing the delivery of these enhanced facilities over the coming months.”

Bidding is open to ward councillors, parish councils, internal council services, Hampshire County Council, the Environment Agency and other community groups and organisations that wish to deliver infrastructure that will benefit residents and businesses in Test Valley.

To check the local CIL criteria, including which developments are liable to pay the levy and which projects are eligible to bid for funding, visit www.testvalley.gov.uk/cil