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To consider the awarding of grants as recommended by the Locally Important Projects Panel.
(Director of Strategy, Innovation and Resources)
Consideration was given to additional grants which had been recommended by the Locally Important Projects (LIPs) Panel.
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.
A seventh round of LIPs bids opened in December 2018 and 27 applications had been received before the deadline on 11 January 2019. Additional LIPs funding had since been made available which enabled consideration of three additional funding bids. The additional applications had been considered by Members, with officer support, and had been scored against an agreed criteria which included value to the community and disadvantaged groups, links to Council Plan priorities and a high level of match funding and partner buy-in. Grant awards would be subject to any requests for clarification and relevant criteria being satisfied, and the signing of a funding agreement.
The grants proposed by the LIPs Panel supported new applications and increased the offer of grant given to projects that were allocated reduced sums of LIPs grant funding in the original round of funding for 2019/20.
(1) The grants set out be awarded, as follows:-
2nd Round LIPs ALLOCATIONS 2019/2020 – NEW APPLICATIONS
2nd Round LIPs ALLOCATONS – INCREASE TO EXISTING OFFER 2019/2020
(2) Officers be authorised, in consultation with the Solicitor to the Council, to finalise terms of the separate funding agreements with each organisation.
Reasons for Decision
The decision 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 ... view the full minutes text for item DEX/1
To consider the three year financial contribution proposed for Milnthorpe Parish Council.
(Director of Strategy, Innovation and Resources)
In 2010, following a review of South Lakeland’s public conveniences service, Cabinet agreed that the Council would commit to retaining ten ‘strategic conveniences’, fund a community toilet scheme and offer the remaining public conveniences to Parish Councils or community organisations for them to operate. In 2011, Cabinet agreed that the ten ‘strategic conveniences’, retained by the Council, would be managed by the respective Parish or Town Councils with some funding provided by the Council.
A further review in 2016 considered the future funding requirements and arrangements for the provision of the ‘strategic conveniences’ covered by the existing funding agreements and from 2017/18 five year funding agreements were put in place. However, the 2016 review recognised that the Milnthorpe Parish Council agreement was still current and would need to be addressed when it expired in March 2019.
The proposal was for Milnthorpe public conveniences to continue to be provided and managed by Milnthorpe Parish Council and for the Council to enter into a new three year agreement with Milnthorpe Parish Council, which would ensure that all such ‘strategic conveniences’ grant funding agreements would be considered at the same time, during the financial year 2021/22
(1) The proposed three year financial contribution for Milnthorpe Parish Council (from 1 April 2019) be approved.
(2) Officers be authorised to negotiate the three year funding agreement between the Council and the Parish Council.
Reason for Decision
This will support the Council Plan’s Economy and Culture Priority – “Working with local communities to improve, manage and promote accessible public realm”; and “developing town centres which are attractive and accessible for living, working, culture and leisure”.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
To continue funding at the current level for another five year funding agreement. This was not recommended as it would be preferable for the ‘strategic convenience’ grant funding agreements to be coterminous with other such agreements.
To stop funding altogether. This was not recommended as it would be inconsistent with the approach for the other ‘strategic conveniences’ and there would be a risk that the ‘strategic conveniences’ would be handed back with the Council facing a further decision on their operation.