Barnsley Council has allocated £228,109.38 of Section 106 funding to projects around the borough.
Section 106 funding is money that developers pay to the council to reduce the impact of development. Developers sign a legal S106 agreement as part of their planning permission that specifies how and where the money is spent,
The money can fund projects that improve community facilities, education and provide affordable housing.
Council officers liaise with Area Councils, community groups and public representatives to identify suitable projects. A S106 panel then meets every quarter to review each proposed scheme.
S106 funding was agreed this week for the following areas:
- £20,000 towards improving the pitches at RedFearnes JFC. The money will be spent to make the on-site pavilion fit for purpose, by updating electrics, heating, ventilation and flooring as well as installing a small kitchen. This space will be hired out to the community and local groups for functions and training.
- £20,300.64 towards improvements at Royston Greenspaces. This will include new fencing for Poplar Terrace and West End Allotments, removing old tarmac in Royston Park, to soil and seed the area and add two connecting paths to the existing games area.
- £60,000 towards the refurbishment of Penistone Leisure Centre to increase capacity, accessibility and the number of activities on offer for residents.
- £81,966.74 towards the creation of a nature park at Fleets Dam to include a community orchard, wildflower meadow, improvements to the wet-woodland habitat, floodplain marsh fen habitat, three wildlife ponds and connection of a narrow river to the floodplain.
- £15,000 towards improvements to the Grimethorpe Millennium Green site, including replacing the existing fence and damaged bollards to protect the grass areas from being damaged by vehicles. An existing hedge would also be maintained and brought back under control, which will remove the opportunity for anti-social behaviour in the area.
- £15,842 towards additional works at Barnsley Main to make sure the Marking Mining scheme is completed with specialist repairs. This will help improve biodiversity and greenspace while protecting the area’s heritage.
- £15,000 towards additional works to the Trans Pennine Trail in Royston by improving the path between Shaw Lane and Cronkhill Road. This will allow improved access for students of Carlton Community College as well as better walking and cycling links between Royston and Carlton.
For a project to be approved, it must have available S106 money and contribute to the council priorities. Find out more information on Section 106 agreements here.
Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: “This funding offers a fantastic opportunity for businesses and communities to work together to make Barnsley a great place to live, work, invest and visit.
“Many of the projects show how residents’ and volunteer activity can transform areas into key community resources and facilities, helping to keep people active and healthy while protecting our beautiful borough.”
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