A new cycle path, study centre, play facilities, fitness trail and “green infrastructure” are among the community projects to benefit from a major funding boost from the South Downs National Park Authority.
Twenty projects across Sussex and Hampshire are set to benefit from a share of £555,000. The funds have been raised through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which is administered by the SDNPA and paid by developers as a means of supporting new community infrastructure.
In addition to the £555,000 funding boost, £115,000 has been distributed in accordance with CIL regulations to 25 parish councils for the benefit of local communities across the National Park.
Margaret Paren, Chair of the South Downs National Park Authority, said: “As we begin a new decade for the National Park, we’re very pleased to be announcing this CIL funding.
“All the projects represent infrastructure improvements that enrich the quality of people’s lives, whether that be recreation, health and well-being, transport or having a wildlife-rich environment.
“We know CIL funding can make a real difference to local communities, encouraging them to thrive and prosper and benefitting future generations. The Community Infrastructure Levy is an important element of our role as a planning authority and will continue to be so in the future.
“As we mark the National Park’s 10th anniversary this year, it’s wonderful to be able to help so many diverse and worthwhile projects.”
Regarding Egrets Way, Alister Linton-Crook, Cycling Project Officer for the National Park, added: “I’m delighted for the communities in the Lower Ouse Valley who have been championing for the Egrets Way network since 2011. The funding will contribute towards a further 1.1km of multi-user path providing better access to the countryside and amenities and a safer alternative away from the highway.”
The projects allocated funding are:
Easebourne Park Phase 2 – new play equipment, multi-use shelter, enhanced perimeter path and composting toilet. £80,270
Goodwood Education Centre – to construct a new study centre and toilet facilities at Home Farm to support Goodwood Trust’s educational programme. £40,000
Petworth – Sylvia Beaufoy Pedestrian Crossing – provide a new pedestrian crossing on A272 close to Sylvia Beaufoy car park. £33,000
Findon Play Facilities – installation of new play and exercise equipment at Homewood, Horsham Road. £31,500
Lavant River Walk – Marsh Lane to north of Playground. To improve connections from mid-Lavant to Village Green (East Lavant). £10,000
Stedham with Iping Recreation Ground – installation of climbing dome on Village Green. £4,850
Stedham with Iping – installation of fitness equipment to create a fitness trail. £2,500
Egrets Way Phase 5 – a new shared-use path between Lewes and Newhaven. £113,000
Lewes Railway Land Local Nature Reserve – Improvement to habitat water meadows and hedgerows and Signal Box hide. £15,500
Lewes Railway Land Local Nature Reserve – footpath improvements. £10,000
Lewes Railway Land Local Nature Reserve – Installation of interpretation boards. £1,000