More than 35 projects have received a share of £250,000 which is part of the New Homes Bonus (Parish Allocations) Scheme. The council's Grants Panel distributed the money to communities that have taken new homes over the two years.





Some of the projects that received funding were:

  • Oxmarket Gallery, Chichester: received £15,000 for gallery improvements.
  • East Wittering and Bracklesham: £12,000 for improvements to the seafront open space including barbecue stands and a long bench).
  • Hunston: £3,000 towards a new disabled toilet at Hunston Village Hall.
  • Lavant: £3,989 for some new playground swings.
  • Midhurst: £17,700 for improvements to the Old Library building.
  • Petworth: £1,940 for cricket club equipment.
  • Plaistow and Ifold: £1,118 for some new benches.
  • Selsey: £15,000 for playground improvements.
  • Tangmere: £5,710 for some speed indicator devices.

Money is awarded to projects that can demonstrate the impacts of development, aim to enhance the local area, and, benefit the whole community.

Councillor Eileen Lintill, Cabinet Member for Community Services at Chichester District Council, says: "We contacted parishes earlier this year to apply for funding and have been pleased with the wide variety of requests received. Each project, no matter how large or small, will have a positive impact on residents in these communities.

"The Government recognises that more housing can result in extra pressures so it has passed this funding to local councils to help communities address their concerns.

"We have been keen to ensure that this money is protected for the benefit of those communities that have taken new development. The New Homes Bonus is an opportunity to invest in important facilities and activities that will support our local communities for years to come."

To see the full list of projects please visit the New Homes Bonus webpage.

Date of release: 17 October 2018

Reference: 3849