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CIL update

posted 25 Jul 2019, 07:59 by lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

As has been mentioned in Grapevine before, Lewknor parish has received more than £31,000 in Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)  which is a charge that local authorities can set on new developments in order to raise money to help fund infrastructure, facilities and services. There is more to come, with a total of around £44,000. It must be spent within 5 years.

There are rules as to what the money can be used for. This is the summary:

A range of infrastructure, including transport, flood defences, schools, hospitals and other health and social care facilities, play areas, parks and green spaces, cultural and sports facilities. It is intended to focus on the provision of new infrastructure and should not be used to remedy pre-existing deficiencies in infrastructure provision unless those deficiencies will be made more severe by new development. The levy can be used to increase the capacity of existing infrastructure or to repair failing existing infrastructure, if that is necessary to support development.

So far, the suggestions Lewknor Parish Council has received from residents are:

·        upgrading the village hall playground

·        improving the school playground

·        improving/creating footpaths in the parish, one specifically from Barley Close to the church/school

·        improving the entrance to Lewknor village

·        installing more benches around the parish

·        using the field at the top of Watlington Road (where the 40 houses were proposed) for a community recreation area. This suggestion has been firmly rejected by the owners of the land.

Councillors are still happy to receive other suggestions; or comments on these. There have not been any specific suggestions for Postcombe or South Weston. So if you have any ideas, please email: lewknorparish@hotmail.co.uk

The parish council is investigating all suggestions and plans to have proposals to be discussed by all residents at next May's Annual Parish Meeting.

Thank you.