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Residents asked for their views on how to best spend developers’ levy cash

Residents asked for their views on how to best spend developers’ levy cash

by Henry James (October 2020)

RESIDENTS are being asked their views by West Lancashire Borough Council on what to spend the money raised from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) on.

The CIL allows the council to raise funds from developers who are undertaking new building projects in the borough.

The money is then reinvested into infrastructure to support new developments. Each year the council shortlist a number of projects to receive some of the funding.

This year these are: £40,000 to improve the Cheshire Lines path; £30,000 to extend play area provision at Long Heyes, Skelmersdale; £50,000 to provide environmental and access improvements to the woods at Delph Clough, Elmers Clough and Westheads Clough, Skelmersdale; £19,000 to provide a replacement play area at Helmsdale, Skelmersdale; £31,555 to fund the Dial-a-ride transport service for one year; £385,000 to improve the towpath between Parbold and Appley Bridge.

Some of the CIL money the council collect is retained for use in the area the development is based within and is often passed to a parish council.

As Ormskirk does not have a parish council, the council has shortlisted a further two projects that they would like Ormskirk residents and businesses to tell the council their views on.

These are: £58,000 for improvements to West End playing field; and £10,000 for an extension to the play area at Halsall Lane Park.

Councillor David Evans, cabinet member for planning, said: “CIL money can really make a difference for our communities and we would like to hear how you think the money should be spent."

People can give their views at www.westlancs.gov.uk/CFP until Friday, October 23 2020. Further information on the draft CIL Funding Programme is also available there.

All comments received will be considered as the council prepare their final recommendations. A final decision on how the council spend CIL monies will be made by our Cabinet later in 2020.

Due to national guidance the public consultation regarding the two Ormskirk projects is limited to Ormskirk residents and businesses.

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