The St George Community Network has the opportunity to influence how CIL funds are spent in St George, with the four St George Councillors making the final decisions as part of the new Area Committees.
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 will 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 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.
- The Area Committee will meet once a year to make spending decisions. The 2018 meeting will be in September (see key dates below).
- 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 the Council are looking at a few large scale projects per area.
- New developments in the area will continue to add money to the pot. For the Area Committee meeting in 2018, 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).
- 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. Then the Area Committee will meet in September 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 will meet each year and any new developments will add money to the pot, so unsuccessful projects could be resubmitted in following years.
Key Dates for 2018
- Deadline for community consultations and producing Ward CIL/S106 priorities Stage 1 project proposals: Friday 4th May 2018
- Informal Area Committee meetings – choose projects to take forward: 14th to 24th May 2018
- Area Committee Chairs and BCC officers meet to review delivery across the city: 28th to 31st May 2018
- Production of full Stage 2 applications: 1st June to 6th July 2018
- Publication of Area Committee reports: 3rd September 2018
- Formal Area Committee decision making: 10th Sept to 14th Sept 2018
Page last updated 17/03/18