Barnsley Council has allocated £408,000 of Section 106 funding to projects around the borough.
Section 106 funding is money that developers of larger sites pay to the council to reduce the impact of the development. Developers sign a S106 agreement as part of their planning permission. This is a legal document that specifies what the money is spent on and where.
The money can be spent on projects such as improving community facilities, education and providing 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.
This week, S106 funding was agreed for the following areas:
- £12,000 approved for the new Hanover Street walkway project, to create a public footpath in Thurnscoe, surrounded by natural habitat.
- £30,000 towards car park improvements at Ardsley Crematorium.
- £30,000 towards improvements at Thurnscoe, Wombwell and Barnsley cemetery to provide new areas for burial.
- £30,000 towards improvements to security at Barnsley Golf Course.
- £150,000 towards the replacement of Dearne and District Welfare Pavilion, installing a purpose-built pavilion for the football and cricket teams.
- £15,000 towards renovations to Elsecar Park bandstand.
- £8,000 towards work on Stairfoot Station Heritage Trail.
- £133,000 towards the "Visit Darton" programme, in association with Principal Towns.
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 Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, 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’ interest 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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