Community Space meetings enable residents to agree projects for CIL money and facilitate discussions around issues brought to us by local people.
At the end of the Neighbourhood Partnerships, we were asked by our local councilors if we could support them to hold community space meetings. These meetings help councilors make decisions, are a place to hear important news affecting our area and how local residents can be involved in decision making.
One of the main priorities for the Community Space meetings will be to agree projects for CIL money. See below an explanation of the process.
What is Community Infrastructure Levy also know as CIL?
1. When a developer builds something (housing, retail etc.) they have to pay a charge, known as CIL, to the Council.
2. The Council keeps 85% of this for citywide projects (like the Arena) and 15% goes to local areas (although communities which have adopted Neighbourhood Development Plans receive 25% of CIL monies generated in their defined area and ringfenced for their benefit)
3. 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.
4. CIL money from all developments in Ashley, Easton, Lawrence Hill, Central, Troopers Hill, St George East and St George West will now be lumped into one pot and decided by one Area Committee.
5. CIL can only be spent on ‘infrastructure’ projects – usually capital works – that are connected to local developments and mitigate their impact on the community – this might be highways works like traffic calming, parks improvements or community buildings. CIL money cannot be spent on running costs or staffing for an ongoing service or activity.
6. There is no upper or lower budget limit-but we are looking at a few large scale projects per area.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or your local Councillor.