Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)

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 first want to find two or three priority projects that the community supports.
  • These 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 meet in September at a formal public meeting to agree which proposals can be funded that 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: ‪May 2018
  • Area Committee Chairs and BCC officers meet to review delivery across the city: ‪May 2018‬
  • Production of full Stage 2 applications: ‪June & July 2018
  • Publication of Area Committee reports: September 2018
  • Formal Area Committee decision making: ‪13th Sept 2018 – Meeting Papers

Community Meetings 2018
SGCN held meetings on 14th March & 20th June 2018 & 15th August to talk about the options and the spending of CIL funds available to the St George area – and the projects on which the available funds could be spent.

The key outcomes of the discussions at the three above meetings were:

    • That funding for the maintenance costs (cleaning etc) for the medium term provision of public toilet facilities in the centre of the park should be investigated (Cllr Asher Craig arranged for a temporary toilet block to be provided for summer 2018).
    • That the community is happy for the old toilet building at the park entrance to be sold if the money is invested in new toilet & other facilities in the park.
    • That a master planning process is required to consider the options for all the projects related to the park (see below) together, this would include the Library and the Community Centre.
    • That the phase 2 plans for Meadow Vale Community Centre were supported and should be considered in future years.
    • That the following projects should be put forward for CIL funding this year:
      – Provision of publicly accessible toilets in St George Park in existing buildings for 2019 (to remain until any new café /community building is in place).
      – Troopers Hill Field paths & access track (with match funding sought by Friends of Troopers Hill)
      – Provision of planters on Church Rd as part of a combined project with St George in Bloom working with ParkWork to expand the existing CIL funded project in St George parks

Area Committee Decisions 2018

Funding was allocated to two projects in St George
– Provision of publicly accessible toilets in St George Park in existing buildings for 2019 (to remain until any new café /community building is in place).
– Troopers Hill Field paths & access track (with match funding sought by Friends of Troopers Hill)

More details – presentation by Cllr Asher Craig to meeting on 14th March >>

More information about CIL on the Council’s website >>

List of potential projects in St George >>

Page last updated 24/10/18