St George Councillors are asking for suggestions for allocating Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) money to projects in St George.
Influencing the way these funds is spent is one of the most important roles of the St George Community Network and we are going to focus on this at our next Networking Meeting which will be held on Wednesday 14th March at 7pm at St George Community Centre, Church Rd.
The meeting will update you on what the Network and other groups have been doing, including our Topic Groups and there will also be a chance to meet and talk to those running the groups.
The main part of the meeting will be asking how you think the money available from CIL should be spent in St George. So please come along with your ideas. Projects could be improvements in parks, to community buildings or other public assets. We are particularly interested in projects where work can start within 12 months but longer term projects that get community support could be held over to apply for funding next year. Highways schemes are being treated separately because of the long time it takes to get them started.
What is CIL?
- When a developer builds something (housing, retail etc.) they have to pay a charge, known as CIL, to the Council.
- The Council keeps 85% of this for citywide projects (like the Arena) and 15% goes to local areas.
- Decisions on how to allocate the 15% local CIL funding used to be made by the local Councillors advised by the Neighbourhood Partnership. They will now be made by Area Committees which are made up of the Councillors from a group of wards.
- CIL money from all developments in our three wards of St George Troopers Hill, St George Central & St George West along with those from Ashley, Easton, Lawrence Hill and Central wards will now be lumped into one pot and decided by one Area Committee. We are area 4 on this map, our Area Committee will have 13 Councillors including the 4 from St George.
- CIL can only be spent on ‘infrastructure’ projects – usually capital works – this might be parks improvements or community buildings. CIL money cannot be spent on running costs or staffing for an ongoing service or activity.
- There is no upper or lower budget limit-but we are looking at a few large scale projects per area. The total pot for the whole area is likely to be around £350,000
What is the decision making process?
- The four St George Councillors want to find two or three priority projects that the community supports.
- These will then have to be turned into project proposals. Proposals will need to be able to be delivered either by a constituted local organisation or by Bristol City Council (e.g. parks or highways).
- The Area Committee will meet in April (by which time they will know the available budget and the highways priorities) and will prioritise the projects they want to take forward to a full project proposal (Stage 2) .
- There is no guarantee that projects from our area will be selected – all Councillors will need to make a strong case for their project to be chosen. The more support from local people the better.
- Highways will also assess existing logged issues (from residents or councillors) and will provide a shortlist of viable schemes for the Area Committee to choose from. Here is a list of issues raised in St George.
- The projects selected to go forward by the Area Committee will have to draw up a fully costed proposal by Friday 18 May. Then the Area Committee will meet in June or July at a formal public meeting to agree which proposals can be funded this year.
- Any external organisations will then be given a Funding Agreement that sets out the conditions of the funding.
- The Area Committees wil meet each year and any new developments will add money to the pot, so unsuccessful projects could be resubmitted in following years.
If you are unable to come to the meeting but have an idea for a project you would like to see put forward then please email us.