Borough Insight

Funding available for local projects

Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is inviting bids from the community for funding towards public infrastructure projects which will benefit the borough.

Over the last four years we have allocated £1million to a variety of community-driven infrastructure projects in Epsom, Ewell and Stoneleigh. The projects, championed by residents, have included additional street lighting, restoration of public footpaths, new play and gym equipment in parks and a new bus shelter. Sustainability projects such as water fountains in borough parks have also been enabled by this funding.

Applications for the 2022/23 scheme are now open until 31 May 2022.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows the Council to raise funds from developers undertaking new building projects in the borough and is used to support new physical and social infrastructure and also to improve existing facilities. Under current legislation, 80% of total CIL collected must be allocated towards borough-wide infrastructure and up to 5% towards administration.

In addition, at least 15% of levy receipts must be spent on priorities that have to be agreed with the local community. This 15% is often referred to as the ‘neighbourhood portion’ of the levy and ensures the community are fully engaged.

In Epsom and Ewell, residents and local community groups are invited to bid for these funds from the neighbourhood portion of the levy for projects within the borough, with successful bids selected by a committee of councillors.

Full details on how to apply for funding can be found on our website; www.epsom-ewell.gov.uk/CIL15

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  • JanMay 04

    Is this the scheme that enabled brightly coloured gym equipment to spoil the natural beauty of Bourne Hall, when there are so many other, larger areas that gym equipment could be sited? If so, I hope more care will be taken in future when it comes to the allocation of funds!

    As explained in the above article CIL projects, like the outdoor gym in Bourne Hall Park, are instigated by the local community and in this case championed by their elected councillor. We are sorry you do not approve of the installation; we have had lots of appreciative comments about it, not least because of its convenient location. We do a lot to protect natural habitat and increase biodiversity throughout the borough however we are also mindful of the requirement to increase opportunities for residents to improve their health and wellbeing.

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