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21st Sep, 2021

Cash available for Solihull wards to improve their neighbourhood

Ross Crawford 25th Aug, 2021

A SHARE of £263,000 is available to groups in Dorridge, Knowle, Shirley East, Shirley South, Silhill and St Alphege to improve their local neighbourhoods.

The money comes via Solihull Council’s Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

The CIL funding was collected in 2020/21, alongside funds that have been ‘rolled over’ from previous years.

Bids for funds must be submitted by September 30, 2021.

The money is collected from new developments as part of the normal planning process.

It is intended to support community projects in areas where that development has taken place.

The cash is either placed into ‘ward pots’ (in areas without a parish council), which are now be open to ‘bids’ from local communities, or distributed directly to the 13 parish and town councils in the borough.

The wards which have ‘pots’ where groups can bid for funds are: Dorridge, Knowle, Shirley East, Shirley South, Silhill and St Alphege.

Councillor Alison Rolf, cabinet member for stronger and safer communities, said: “Please get those bids in!

“CIL funding is a great opportunity for community groups to benefit and make a real difference to their wider community too.”

To be considered, groups and organisations must be formally constituted, have a bank account with two unrelated signatories, at least two unrelated management committee members if they are an unincorporated organisation or a voluntary group and show good financial management procedures, including records of income and expenditure.

For more information visit https://www.solihull.gov.uk/Planning-and-building-control/Neighbourhood-Proportion or contact the CIL team via cil@solihull.gov.uk or call on 0121 704 8008.

This amounts available for each ward are as follows:

Dorridge – £39,040.06, Knowle – £20,499.61, Shirley East – £50,406, Shirley South – £81,522.79, Silhill – £44,403.46, St Alphege – £27,621.23

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