Have your say on funds for projects
WEST Lancashire residents are being asked for their opinion on where the council should spend its cash.
There is a number of competing schemes, including nature reserves, sports facilities, new allotments and tourist attractions.
The money raised is from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).
CIL allows the council to raise funds from developers who are undertaking new building projects in the area.
This can include open spaces, parks, play areas, outdoor sports facilities, playing pitches, cycle paths, footpaths, and community facilities.
The council wants to know residents’ views on how the money it will have collected by March 31, 2018 should be spent in the 2018/19 financial year.
Officers have shortlisted a number of suitable projects from a much larger list of almost 100 potential schemes. The projects are: Improvements to the Tawd Valley, Skelmersdale.
New changing facilities at Chequer Lane, Up Holland.
New changing facilities at Whittle Drive, Ormskirk.
Improvements to Thompson Avenue play area, Ormskirk.
New allotments Ormskirk.
Martin Mere filtration reed beds, Burscough.
Mere Sands Wood Visitor Centre phase II, Holmeswood.
Improvements at Hunters Hill Country Park, Parbold.
Improvements to Cheshire Lines Path, Downholland & Great Altcar.
They want to know whether people support these projects.
Residents can also tell the council why they think any other listed projects should be considered for funding in 2018/19 or even suggest their own ideas for suitable projects.
They can also comment on whether they believe the council should spend some of the available money on large or small projects or save the CIL money to build a bigger pot for larger schemes in future years.
Cllr John Hodson, portfolio holder for planning, said: “CIL money can help make some exciting projects a reality and the council really wants to in hear what the public thinks, so please take part in this consultation.
“Each year the comments we receive help decide what we spend the money on so it’s important that you get involved.”
People can send comments to the council up until Friday, November 3.
Further information on the draft CIL funding programme can be viewed by visiting www.westlancs. gov.uk/CFP or dropping in to your local library or council office to view the documents.
Anyone with any questions should phone 01695 585171.
Views can be submitted by completing a comments form and returning it to the council by email to CIL@westlancs.gov.uk or post to CIL Officer, Development and Regeneration Service, West Lancashire Borough Council, 52 Derby St, Ormskirk, L39 2DF.
Anonymous comments will not be accepted, so names and addresses must be supplied.
All comments received will be considered as we prepare our final recommendations.
A final decision on how we spend CIL monies will be made by the council’s cabinet in early 2018.