New Homes Bonus update 15 June 2017

Elmley Castle, Bricklehampton & Netherton Parish Council new homes bonus. A further tranche of monies is available. New flyer – to be delivered from 15 to 20 June 2017.

Visit Wychavon’s web site for outline details https://www.wychavon.gov.uk/newhomesbonus

HAVE YOUR SAY ON HOW WE SPEND £5,822 TO BENEFIT OUR COMMUNITIES

What is New Homes Bonus?

The government introduced the New Homes Bonus in April 2011.  The bonus was designed to ensure that the economic benefits of housing growth are returned to the councils and communities where that growth takes place.  For every new home built and occupied in Wychavon, and every long-term empty home brought back into use, the government gives us a non-ring fenced New Homes Bonus grant each year for six years.

Wychavon’s New Homes Bonus Protocol (2014-2016) explains how the bonus is calculated They have invited parish and town councils to submit proposals for spending New Homes Bonus allocations for their area.

WE NEED YOUR IDEAS ON HOW WE SHOULD SPEND £5,822 FOR THE BENEFIT OF OUR COMMUNITY

To date, following an earlier consultation with you, we have applied for and been granted £9,000 towards the extension of the village hall.

The Parish Council has three requests for use of the next tranche of monies:

  1. Elmley Castle Scout Group for a contribution towards a new marquee/mess tent. Racheal Perkins (tel 710340) can provide further detail.
  2. Elmley Castle Cricket Club for a contribution towards a new all – weather wicket m- mainly for use by their junior section.  Brian Woodford (710559) can provide further detail.
  3. Following an approach from a number of residents – a defibrillator. Peter Hayes (710547) can provide further detail.

New Homes Bonus is only available to fund, or part fund, capital spends and therefore ongoing costs of maintaining a defibrillator will need to be met as and when necessary. A rough estimate is £100 per annum.  The Parish Council will look at the options once responses have been evaluated.

Villages nearby have used part of their bonus:

Ashton under Hill and Sedgeberrow have used some of their bonus for a vehicle activated speed sign. Childswickam and Eckington have bought a defibrillator.  Eckington have also used part of their bonus to buy equipment for their cricket club.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?  ?  It is important that we reflect the views of our community and what you want.

Let us know what you suggest we spend the money on and/or if you support, or otherwise, any or all of the three requests received as outlined above.

Please e mail our clerk at elmleycastlepc@mail.com  or drop a note to our chairman at 1 Cornmill Close, Elmley Castle WR10 3JH by 30 June 2017.