West Berkshire Council has approved a total of £495,519 in grants for local infrastructure projects proposed by community groups for the benefit of their residents and businesses. The successful bids included the renovation of village halls, clubs, and scout halls, as well as improving sporting and playground facilities, to be implemented by 31 March 2022.
In a first for the Council, the grants, which range from £10k to £100k, will be paid from the Community Infrastructure Levy fund set aside by the Council in its 2021-22 budget. Each of the individual grants will contribute towards the total cost of the schemes. These grants are on top of the 15% (or 25% if there is a neighbourhood plan) community infrastructure levy that is already allocated to parish and town councils.
The local projects which have been awarded grants are:
|1st Wash Common Scout Group – New scout hall (£100,000)|
|Newbury Cricket Club – Clubhouse re-development (£36,812)|
|Newbury Town Council – Promoting “Active Travel” to Newbury town (£11,500)|
|Hermitage Village Hall CIO Trustees – Hermitage village hall completion (£28,571)|
|1st Ufton Nervet Scout Group – The Spire community space – Ufton Nervet (£68,032)|
|East Ilsley Parish Council – East Ilsley pond restoration (£14,122)|
|Gladstone Memorial Trust – Kintbury village playground equipment enhancement (£12,081)|
|Inkpen Memorial Playing Field Trust – Sports and community equipment storage building (£15,000)|
|Sulhampstead and Ufton Nervet Village Hall Trustees – Hall redevelopment to ensure it has a future (£10,000)|
|Victory Room (Buckelbury) Trustees – Victory Room refurbishment and extension (£15,045)|
|West Ilsley Cricket Club & West Ilsley Recreation & Social Association – West Ilsley community cricket nets project (£11,700)|