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Contact: Una Bell
To consider an application for a grant.
(Director People and Places)
Consideration was given to an application for a Locally Important Projects (LIPs) grant for funding for broadband which had been received from a community group on behalf of the Mint & Sprint (B4MS) project.
The New Homes Bonus had commenced in April 2011 and Cabinet had established that 40% of the funds would be apportioned to LIPs. LIPs funding could be used to support the delivery of appropriate infrastructure works such as additional, or extension of, social facilities and improvements to paths, walkways and the local environment. Parish and town councils and community organisations were eligible to apply for funding for a LIP. Projects would have to meet local community aspirations and needs, address community infrastructure needs and provide good value for money and deliverability.
The application had been received outside the formal LIPs funding application period. However, due to specific timescales and the opportunity to provide early impetus to the B4MS project, which was of high importance to the parishes in the Mint and Sprint area, the application was considered. The project would deliver hyper-fast fibre-to-the-premises internet to residents, business premises, schools and community facilities within the parishes which made up the B4MS Project. The project would be delivered in conjunction with Broadband for the Rural North B4RN.
The grant award would be subject to any requests for clarification and relevant criteria being satisfied, and the signing of a funding agreement.
(1) A grant of £10,000 be awarded to B4MS (Broadband for the Mint & Sprint) as detailed in the report.
(2) Officers be authorised, in consultation with the Solicitor to the Council, to finalise terms of the funding agreement.
Reason for Decision
This will support the Council Plan’s Housing Priority – “We will continue to use our resources (e.g. New Homes Bonus and Second Homes Fund) and assess how they are best applied to different delivery models, to help build affordable housing and to support locally important projects.”
The provision of a hyper-fast broadband network will increase the attractiveness of South Lakeland as a place to live and work, benefit the economic sustainability of communities by supporting local business growth and development by attracting and retaining a local workforce. It will contribute to a reduction in carbon footprints as well as an improved work-life balance and improve access to information and services such as healthcare, prescription and library services.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
The recommendations for allocating the Locally Important Projects funds have been based on an approved objective assessment process.