Have your say on funds for projects

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Student Life -

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.

Should Orm­skirk have more al­lot­ments? You de­cide

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