February 24, 2024

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More than £1.1m awarded to community projects supporting children and young people

Play areas, skate parks and activity hubs are among the projects that will share more than £1.1m in grants from Cornwall Council.

The Council launched the second round of the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Fund last summer, to fund infrastructure projects that benefit children and young people. The first round awarded more than £600,000 to projects focused on low carbon infrastructure.

Now, after a vigorous and competitive application and selection process, the successful projects can be announced.

Olly Monk, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for housing and planning, said: “The Community Infrastructure Levy allows us to raise funds from new developments and pass this on to community projects making a real difference.

“We had initially set aside £500,000 for this second round and were inundated with applications. As we have been charging the CIL for four years now, we are receiving more payments and so have been able to set more money aside to support these worthwhile schemes.

“Congratulations to all those who have been successful in this second round – your projects will make a real difference to children and young people in your communities.

“We have also been able to set aside an additional £500,000, subject to conditions, for a further seven projects. More details will be announced in the summer.”

CIL payments are set aside to be spent on infrastructure projects to benefit communities and support development. Between 15 to 25 per cent of the levy goes to the town or parish council where the development has taken place.

The remaining CIL collected is used to deliver infrastructure that will help alleviate the wider impact of development.

Applicants needed to show how there was local need and community support for their project, as well as how the projects will directly support children and young people in their area.

The successful projects are:

  • Breage Field Committee: £32,100 to support phase 1 of the Breage Playing Field improvement works – including new play equipment, drainage improvements and a programme of community events.
  • Budock Water Playing Fields Association: £33,095 to improve Budock’s Friendly Fields – renovating the existing amenities to make the playing fields more inclusive and accessible.
  • Bodmin Town Council: £50,000 for Bodmin Youth Cycle Park – creating a new facility on the site of the former skate park aimed at all ability levels.
  • Callington Town Council: £40,000 for a new community multi-use games area (MUGA).
  • Cardinham School: £65,102.86 for the Cardinham Outdoor Activity Hub – developing a bespoke outdoor learning setting as well as extending a hardcourt area.
  • Cubert Parish Council: £40,000 for Cubert Cycle and Climbing 2023 – including installing a children’s learner cycle track, climbing apparatus for teenagers and toddler play stands.
  • Delaware pre-school: £70,000 to extend the pre-school and increase the number of childcare places available.
  • Forrabury & Minster Parish Council: £20,000 to replace play equipment at Boscastle children’s play area.
  • Helston Town Council: £36,852.27 for ‘Pathways and Play’ – creating new pathways and installing new play equipment at Coronation Gardens Park and King George V Playing Fields.
  • Kea Parish Council: £69,400 to create a woodland path to provide an off-road trail to Kea School.
  • King George V Playing Field at Mylor: £96,402 for the King George V Playing Field refurbishment project – including developing a multi-sports ‘all weather’ play area, as well as accessible walkways and a cycle track along one side of the playing field.
  • Lands End Community Land Trust: £61,486 for St Just Skatepark – providing flood lighting and a path for the village’s skatepark.
  • Launceston Town Council: £100,000 to build the town’s first skate park at Coronation Park.
  • Menheniot Primary School: £50,000 for a new classroom.
  • Perranarworthal Parish Council: £48,500 for the Nine+ to Climb Activity Project – expanding learning and outdoor play equipment for children aged nine and above.
  • St Austell Town Council: £78,000 for the Bethel Park Regeneration project – to transform the park into play and recreation space for young people and the wider community, while also improving biodiversity and improving accessibility.
  • St Buryan Lamorna and Paul Parish Council: £20,000 for St Buryan’s Children Playground Area – providing a playground catering for various ages and abilities which supports wildlife with pollinator friendly planting.
  • St Enoder Parish Council: £60,000 to double the site of the existing youth club building, as well as install insulation and a new heating system.
  • St Erth Parish Council: £76,000 for a mini skate ramp in a playground which current lacks provision for children and young people aged seven and over.
  • Tregadillett Primary School: £40,666 for a multi-use games area (MUGA) in a section of the school’s car park. The MUGA will be available to the wider community.
  • Trelya: £57,974.91 for Lescudjack Community Centre – to upgrade the centre’s solar energy and energy management systems to increase provision of services for children and young people.

A third round of the CIL Fund is expected be the launched in the spring. More information on CIL and previous rounds of the fund are available at www.cornwall.gov.uk/cil