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Borough of Poole scheme awards £700,000 boost for community projects

Local community projects in Poole will benefit from more than £700,000 thanks to a new scheme created by Borough of Poole. 

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Neighbourhood Portion Scheme will provide much-needed support to 23 worthwhile projects that deliver benefits in areas where development has taken place. 

Projects receiving a funding boost include a £150,000 restoration of Hamworthy paddling pool, a £3,000 nautical-themed community garden at Oakdale Library, £400 to restore a Mediterranean shrub border in Sandbanks and £1,000 to maintain and enhance 20 planters in Upper Parkstone and Alderney. 

The council invited community groups and businesses to submit bids for funding for projects that will help shape the development of their neighbourhood and improve the day-to-day life of local people. 

 Other successful bids range from restoring gardens, provision of new bus shelters, improvements to existing fixtures and fittings in community centres to installing road safety features. 

Community groups and businesses can now bid for the next round of funding, which is open until 30 April 2018. 

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said: "This forward thinking scheme has really captured our residents’ imagination. The quality of the bids was exceptionally high and we’re delighted to be supporting over 20 projects that will bring genuine and lasting benefit to the people of Poole. We’re particularly looking forward to working with the successful bidders to deliver their schemes during the year. 

“The level of funding allocated during this first bidding round is a clear signal of the council’s ongoing commitment to improving the lives of our residents. I would encourage other community groups and businesses to consider submitting bids for projects in their local area in the second bidding round which is already open for submissions." 


Pat Bullock, Friends of Hamworthy Park, said: "We thought it was going to be a long time before the pool was refurbished, but thanks to our successful bid for council CIL money and Viridor grant we can look forward to work starting on our much used and loved facility and the pool being restored.” 

The creation of a new low maintenance nautical-themed community garden ‘The Sea of Learning’ at Oakdale Library will complement the existing gardens and provide a new usable attractive space for the local community. The Volunteers of Oakdale Garden Association will maintain this area along with the other gardens. 

Oakdale Library

Ray Alderton from the Oakdale Garden Association said: “We would like to thank Borough of Poole for award of CIL funding, which will help deliver the next stage of our garden enhancement project at Oakdale Library. The gardens at Oakdale Library provide an important community facility for people to come together, spend time and enjoy and we are delighted that this award will now enable the gardens to be enhanced further.” 

The Midway Path project in Sandbanks will restore the existing Mediterranean Shrub Border which was planted 12 years ago. The border will be maintained by the Sandbanks Residents Association.

A group of resident volunteers have taken over the management of 20 council owned planters along Albert Road. The volunteers wish to introduce new plants, in particular species that enhance biodiversity, and to purchase more tools. This project will enhance 20 planters, improve visual amenity and biodiversity and has additional community benefits by bringing local residents together. 

Anyone interested in submitting a bid is encouraged to discuss their ideas with their local ward councillors and relevant council officers as soon as possible. Funding can be from a couple of hundred pounds to over £100,000. 

The council will work with applicants who were unsuccessful in the first round of bidding with a view to further developing their ideas for resubmission in future bidding rounds. 

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