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Contact: Una Bell
To consider the award of grant funding to three community groups to create a Changing Places facility in Cartmel, Kendal and Bowness.
Further to DEX/5 (2018/19) when approval had been given for four organisations to receive awards of £2,500 for feasibility studies to install a “Changing Places” toilet, three of the four applicants had accepted the award and had proceeded to produce a feasibility study. These were Cartmel Township Initiative (Cartmel), Outside In (Beezon Road, Kendal) and Friends of Millerground (Windermere). The total cost of these studies was £6,120. This, therefore, left £43,880 grant funding available.
Officers had considered the feasibility studies and had confirmed that all three complied with the original brief. Grant award would be subject to any requests for clarification and relevant criteria being satisfied, and the signing of a funding agreement.
To ensure that the schemes were viable and more deliverable, the grants were to be increased to £20,000 per scheme. In order to provide a higher grant, the budget would need to be increased by £16,120 overall. The grant would be subject to a time limit of one year from the date of the funding agreement for the works to commence and would be paid in instalments of 50% upon commencement of the works and 50% on completion of the works.
It was suggested that the second proposed decision should be altered, with the terms of the agreements instead being delegated to the Operational Lead Delivery and Commercial Services, in consultation with the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer).
(1) Approval be given for funding allocations for the capital works to install a Changing Places toilet, as set out in Section 3 of the report, as follows:-
(2) The terms of the agreements be delegated to the Operational Lead Delivery and Commercial Services, in consultation with the Legal, Governance and Democracy Lead Specialist (Monitoring Officer).
Reasons for Decision
To assist in the delivery of the Council Plan - Health and Environment: Improving health and reducing health inequalities.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
To withdraw the funding - this is not recommended as the schemes brought forward are all viable schemes.