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Cash from developers to be put to good use

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Nearly £250,000 is to be spent on a flood management scheme and a memorial to the Round Oak Steelworks from a cash pot funded by developers building in the borough.

Developers behind major schemes such as large housing developments in the borough have to contribute cash to the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

Nearly £500,000 has been deposited since Dudley Council adopted the CIL in October 2015. The cash is available for people or organisations to bid for schemes which support growth or regeneration in the borough, or improve infrastructure.

A paper set to go before Dudley Council’s ruling cabinet at a meeting later this month says three projects have been approved funding through CIL.

It proposes to allocate £200,000 for a flood management and drainage scheme at Delph Road and Turners Lane in Brierley Hill.

A further £44,500 is set to be granted for a public art memorial for Round Oak Steelworks in Dudley Road, Brierley Hill, opposite the fire station. And approval is sought to give £496 from CIL to Woodsetton Charitable Trust for a replacement notice board at the junction of Setton Drive, Turls Hill Road and Queens Road.

The cabinet will hear a further three bids were unsuccessful, due to a lack of information or clarity, or through not having enough match funding. They were for £180,000 towards building a new wardens base at Saltwells Nature

Reserve, £75,000 towards a 7x7 3G football pitch at Bishop Milner School and £2,000 to remove flytipping from next to water in Ten Acre Road in Gornal.

Councillor Ian Kettle, cabinet member for regeneration and enterprise, said:

The Community Infrastructure Levy is a valuable source of income for the council and it’s great to see a good chunk of it is going to be spent on three very worthy schemes.
We were sorry to have to reject the other three bids, but we are going to change things so that there are two opportunities to bid for the cash every year instead of just a single window.
That will give those who have been rejected, not because the scheme is not worthy but because we need more information or clarity, a quicker chance to resubmit a bid and hopefully get the money.
We welcome any submissions for projects that will better our borough.

The bids will be discussed at the next meeting of Dudley Council’s cabinet on Thursday June 27 at Dudley Council House. It starts at 6pm and members of the public are welcome to attend.

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