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Evesham Town Council seeks projects looking for New Homes Bonus Funding
Evesham Town Council is seeking projects for funding from the New Homes Bonus (NHB) funding scheme.  We are looking for larger projects where the funding requirement from NHB is at least 10,000.
Your project could be for anything as long as the proposed spend delivers added, ongoing value to the local community and, where possible, benefits communities close to any development that it is associated with. Generally it is expected that the funding is for tangible projects, such as community facilities and infrastructure. 
We will not normally approve use of the New Homes Bonus to fund the following:
•  Projects which have already been completed or largely completed before we assess the proposal.
•  Any expenditure incurred or committed before we approve the proposal.
•  Generally day to day running costs.
•  Fundraising activities for organisations.
•  Items that mainly benefit individuals, for example equipment that is not shared.
•  Political or religious activities.
•  For proposals related to schools, unless the matter is outside any other funding mechanism, and there is a demonstrable wider community benefit, and there is evidence that the community supports use of NHB monies for this purpose. 
If you have a project that you think fits the criteria then you should complete an application form which is available on request by emailing the Town Clerk, Stuart Carter, town clerk@eveshamtowncouncil.gov.uk.  
Applications must be submitted to the Town Clerk by 25 May 2016.  Once submitted they will be considered by the Town Council who will then decide whether to take them to the next stage which is further consultation, and then ultimately if successful to be submitted to Wychavon District Council who have the final say on applications for NHB.
For further information please contact the Town Clerk, Stuart Carter townclerk@eveshamtowncouncil.gov.uk 01386 443322.

Update on New Homes Bonus Projects

Many people will remember that earlier this year the Town Council considered a number of projects for NHB funding, and whether to submit them to Wychavon District Council for consideration.  This had followed a period of public consultation.  

Detailed below is an update on each of the projects.

Round Evesham Walk (Boardwalk to join up the round Evesham walk) - £35,000.  This application has been submitted and approved by WDC.  The first small tranche of money has been paid to get the plans drawn up.  The club behind the project are working hard to get the rest of the plan underway.

Defibrillators (installation of a number of defibs in the town centre) - £5,000.  This application was approved and submitted to WDC.  They approved expenditure for 2 devices, subject to a number of conditions.  This is being worked on in conjunction with the Street Pastors.

Public Hall (re-opening of the hall) - £100,000.  This application was deferred by the Town Council pending the outcome of negotiations regarding the ownership and responsibility of the Public Hall between WDC and those who were interested in taking on the hall.  This has not been resolved and therefore an application has not been submitted to WDC.

Abbey Cloisters (Abbey Garden Project) - £75,000.  This application has been submitted by the Town Council and approved by WDC.  The first part of the funding (£8,000) has been paid to the trust to cover initial costs including insurance.  The trust are now pursuing other grants with the likes of HLF.

Hampton Scout HQ (refurbishment of the hall) - £20,750.  This application has been submitted by the Town Council and approved by WDC.  The funding was recently passed to Hampton Scouts and it is understood that work will commence imminently.

Town Hall (new floor, alarm system and equipment) - £50,000.  The finer details regarding the floor are being worked on, it is proving more complicated than first thought due to the historic nature of the building and the possible historic nature of the floor.  Once this is resolved, an application will be submitted.

High Street Crossing (new High Street crossing in the vicinity of St Ecgwins Club) - £50,000.  This application was deferred pending the publication of the traffic survey.  This will be looked at shortly and considered by the Town Council.

Bus Shelter, High Street (new bus shelter at the stop near Evesham station) – This application was recently submitted and approved by WDC subject to a couple of conditions.  The shelter has been ordered and should be installed in the next few months.