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Bumper crop of funds for communities from CIL

CIL funded project

Published: Tuesday, 23rd August 2022

A record sum of more than £¾million funding for community projects has been agreed in the latest round of CIL (Community Infrastructure Levy) applications.

This money, which is raised through a levy charged on new development, will fund 41 projects that will benefit communities across the borough.

Cllr Richard Blunt, cabinet member for development and regeneration, said:

“What a result! This money does so much good across west Norfolk and I am delighted to announce the results of the latest round.

“When this levy was introduced in 2017 we had great expectations for what it would deliver and we are fulfilling those expectations with a huge variety of projects that improve the quality of life for our communities.

“Being a rural borough, west Norfolk has a special set of challenges because some village communities can feel they are quite remote from the urban centres but by funding projects in the heart of those communities we are delivering real benefits for them on their doorsteps.”

Funding ranges from as little as £2,000 for a trim trail at the primary school in Methwold to six projects that were awarded £50,000. These included a new play park in Gaywood and a contribution to the redevelopment of village halls in Marham and Walpole St Peter.

There are projects that improve access, such as TROD projects in Fincham and Wimbotsham-Stowbridge, and projects to develop environmentally-friendly energy sources, such as installation of solar panels at Westacre Theatre and at the RSPCA.

A 20mph limit around the school in Marshland St James will improve safety and children at Nelson Academy will benefit from an outdoor classroom.

Many projects are simple schemes that improve community facilities with better doors, new heating, more accessible buildings newer equipment or community amenities such as new bus shelters and street lighting.

Delighted applicants have already been contacting the council after receiving their offer letters, variously describing the news as ‘fantastic’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘excellent’.

Cllr Blunt added:

“Large or small, these are all projects that benefit the people who make up our communities.

“This latest round, in which we have awarded just over £783,000, brings the total amount we have spent through CIL funding to nearly £3million.

“I would like to extend my thanks to all those people who have spent their own time submitting applications and I would like to thank our officers and councillors who have spent a great deal of time carefully reviewing those applications to ensure that awards achieved the maximum possible benefit for west Norfolk.

There are two rounds of applications each year. The next round will open in January. A list of successful applicants is attached.

Timetable for the 2019 borough and parish council elections
ID CIL Fund Allocated Project Name/Title Name of Organisation

CIL FY22/2_5


20mph speed limit around our village school

Marshland St James Parish Council

CIL FY22/2_6


Refurbishment of Landing Stage, Church Bridge Mooring, Upwell

Well Creek Trust Limited

CIL FY22/2_7


Front Porch - North Wootton Village Hall

North Wootton Village Hall

CIL FY22/2_9


Surface matting visitor car park

Castle Acre Parish Council

CIL FY22/2_10


Solar/Heating/Air Conditioning Project

Sedgeford Parish Council

CIL FY22/2_11


Replacement External Fire Doors

Sedgeford Parish Council

CIL FY22/2_12


GCC Play Park

Gaywood Community Centre

CIL FY22/2_14


Purchase of Denver Playing Field

Denver Parish Council

CIL FY22/2_17


Replacement bus shelter_The Peel Centre

Emneth Parish Council

CIL FY22/2_18


New Streetlights

Welney Parish Council

CIL FY22/2_21


Parish Hall Demolition and Rebuild

Walpole St Peter Parish Hall

CIL FY22/2_22


Wellbeing Portakabin (Walpole Highway School)

The Windmill Primary Federation

CIL FY22/2_26


Bar refurbishment - Upwell Village Hall

Upwell Parish Council

CIL FY22/2_28


Fire alarm and smoke detectors

Upwell Parish Council

CIL FY22/2_29


Solar Panel 2022 Project

RSPCA Norfolk West

CIL FY22/2_30


The Heart of Nordelph

Nordelph Village Hall

CIL FY22/2_31


Projector, Electronic Screen & Sound Desk & Console

Hunstanton Town Council

CIL FY22/2_36


Stoke Ferry Playing Field building renovation

Stoke Ferry Playing Field Trust

CIL FY22/2_38


Roof solar panels with battery backup

Westacre Arts Foundation Ltd (Westacre Theatre)

CIL FY22/2_39


Constructionarium Capital Expenditure

Constructionarium Ltd

CIL FY22/2_40


New Slide for Play Area

Feltwell Parish Council

CIL FY22/2_41


St Faith's Church Community Hub

St Faith's Church, Gaywood

CIL FY22/2_43


Trim Trail

Duchy of Lancaster Methwold Primary School PTFA

CIL FY22/2_45


Tennis Court fencing

West Winch Parish council

CIL FY22/2_46


Restoring and Upgrading Snettisham's rare and vital Memorial Pavilion

Snettisham Memorial Pavilion Fund Committee

CIL FY22/2_47


Second Loo and Shed

Grimston Cricket Club

CIL FY22/2_50


Parish Office Extension - Kitchen/Air Con/Heating

South Wootton Parish Council

CIL FY22/2_52


Repair of car park to create a parking facility for the whole of Great Bircham

Bircham Social Club

CIL FY22/2_53


Improving Ingoldisthorpe Playground Provision

Ingoldisthorpe Parish Council

CIL FY22/2_56


Bus Shelter Renovation

Downham West Parish Council

CIL FY22/2_57


Docking Community Pavilion Project

Docking Rangers FC

CIL FY22/2_58


Millennium Green Car Park extension and Solar Lighting

Tilney All Saints Parish Council

CIL FY22/2_59


Marham Village Hall Redevelopment

Marham Parish Council

CIL FY22/2_62


Burrett Road Bus Shelter

Walsoken Parish Council

CIL FY22/2_66


Accessible Facilities and Toilet Upgrade

Fincham Memorial Hall and Playing Fields

CIL FY22/2_68


Rear Building & Patio Project

Old Hunstanton Village Hall

CIL FY22/2_69


Learning is Natural - Outdoor Learning Initiative- Outdoor Classroom Phase

Nelson Academy

CIL FY22/2_70


Trod to link Wimbotsham and Stow Bridge

Wimbotsham Parish Council and Stow Bardolph Parish Council

CIL FY22/2_71


Play Safety Requirements - Installation of two child safety gates for the Play Area and the installation of safety surfacing under the play equipment

Runcton Holme Parish Council

CIL FY22/2_72


Replacement windows

Burnham Thorpe Village Hall

CIL FY22/2_73


TROD Project

Fincham Parish Council


Total Funds Allocated


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