Local community projects in Poole will benefit from more than £700,000 thanks to a new scheme created by Borough of Poole.
The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Neighbourhood Portion Scheme will provide much-needed support to 23 worthwhile projects that deliver benefits in areas where development has taken place.
Projects receiving a funding boost include a £150,000 restoration of Hamworthy paddling pool, a £3,000 nautical-themed community garden at Oakdale Library, £400 to restore a Mediterranean shrub border in Sandbanks and £1,000 to maintain and enhance 20 planters in Upper Parkstone and Alderney.
The council invited community groups and businesses to submit bids for funding for projects that will help shape the development of their neighbourhood and improve the day-to-day life of local people.
Other successful bids range from restoring gardens, provision of new bus shelters, improvements to existing fixtures and fittings in community centres to installing road safety features.
Community groups and businesses can now bid for the next round of funding, which is open until 30 April 2018.
Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said: "This forward thinking scheme has really captured our residents’ imagination. The quality of the bids was exceptionally high and we’re delighted to be supporting over 20 projects that will bring genuine and lasting benefit to the people of Poole. We’re particularly looking forward to working with the successful bidders to deliver their schemes during the year.
“The level of funding allocated during this first bidding round is a clear signal of the council’s ongoing commitment to improving the lives of our residents. I would encourage other community groups and businesses to consider submitting bids for projects in their local area in the second bidding round which is already open for submissions."