OVER the next seven weeks, local groups and residents are invited to put forward specific proposals for improving facilities in Cambridge, to help address extra use arising from housing development and population growth.
Cambridge City Council has today (22 June) launched this bidding round so local communities can have a say over how Section 106 contributions paid by developers are used to mitigate the impact of development.
Previous rounds have led to improvements across the city, such as: refurbished halls and meeting rooms for community activities, new sports equipment, greater biodiversity and access to open spaces, better equipped play areas, colourful public art displays and new seating and paving outside local shops.
The latest bidding round runs until Monday 10 August. Local community groups can apply for S106 grants to help them improve their own community and sports facilities or run their own small-scale public art projects.
Meanwhile, anyone in Cambridge can put forward proposals for improvements to open spaces, play areas, local centres and other facilities owned and managed by the city council.
To be eligible, the proposals must provide additional benefit and be within the city of Cambridge, accessible to all and financially viable.
S106 funding cannot be used for replacing equipment like-for-like or repairing, running or maintaining facilities. Public art projects need to involve an artist and local community engagement.
“The improvements funded from developer contributions make a huge difference to the local quality of life across the city,” said Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Communities. “There will be stiff competition for a finite pot of S106 funding. Thank you to all those who take such time and trouble in developing proposals for much-needed facility improvements in a growing city.”
To put forward a project proposal, there is a short form to fill in, which is available to download from the council’s website (www.cambridge.gov.uk/s106).
After the 10 August end date, applications will be assessed and reported to the relevant area or scrutiny committee between October and December.