Community Infrastructure Levy
Whenever new houses are built commercially there is a tax that is paid on the development whether it be single houses or estates. This money used to be put into a pot held by the district council and shared amongst three parishes, Darsham, Westleton and Yoxford. Each Parish Council could then apply to use this section 106 money to provide facilities and infrastructure for their use.
The system has changed and now the Community Infrastructure Levy comes directly to the Parish Council where the development has taken place.
Darsham Parish Council is due to receive a large sum of CIL money over the next couple of years due to the existing developments within the village. We are duty bound to consult with the community as to how this money is best used. There are parameters within which we have to stay but they are fairly generous and include a wide range of areas within which the money can be spent.
The PC has set up a sub committee to look at this specific remit and would welcome ideas from the community as to which areas you perceive as priorities.
Projects already discussed include:-
Allotment fencing to include one extra strip to provide 2 half length allotments for Darsham residents only;
A projector for a film club in the village hall, which could also be used for meetings and other clubs;
Speed calming measures for The Street;
A children’s play area on the village green (this would be a top up as we would apply for Section 106 money to fund it);
Bulb planting around public areas of the village.
A tree surgeon for the churchyard trees;
Purchase of a marquee for village events which could also be used as an income stream;
Paint and treatment for the orchard tables;
Continuation of funding for the WiFi after the initial period already agreed by the PC.
Signs announcing we are proud of our dark skies policy, possibly to be placed underneath the Darsham signs
Areas on which the money can be spent are, but not limited to:-
Allotments; Burial grounds, cemeteries and crematoria; Maintenance of memorials and monuments;
Open spaces; Bins; Clock; Closed Church Yards; Conference facilities; Crime prevention; Drainage; Entertainment and the arts; Provision of litter bins; Power to provide and maintain public clock; Power to deal with ponds and ditches; Provision of entertainment; Bus shelters; Commons and common pastures; Powers in relation to regulation and management of common land and providing common pasture; Community centres; Power to provide and equip building for use of clubs (sport, social, educational); Power to acquire, provide and furnish community buildings.
Some of these will not apply to Darsham however many of them might and you may well see them as a priority.
Please make your suggestions to Jasmine, Heather, David Stanley and Bonnie; also please be aware that the Parish Council has five years in which to spend the CIL money so longer term projects are just as valid as short term projects.
ALL SUGGESTIONS ARE WELCOME; NO SUGGESTIONS ARE SILLY