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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.

NEW HOMES BONUS CONSULTATION - JUNE 2018

Evesham Town Council hosted a public meeting to hear presentations from 3 organisations seeking New Homes Bonus (NHB) funding on 12 June.  In the current year, the Town Council has up to £267,000 of NHB funding to allocate.   

Those present heard three great presentations from the organisations. 

If you were unable to attend then we still want to hear from you.  We want to hear your views on whether you think these projects should receive NHB funding.  Whether you think they will benefit the wider community.  We also want to hear from you if you have any ideas for other projects.

It should be remembered that these projects are not competing against each other for funding, but they do need to demonstrate that there is community support to enhance their bid for NHB.  

Listed below are the three projects.  Next to them are links to the presentations/photos that they gave at the consultation evening.  We would encourage you to view the presentations before submitting your consultation response.

The projects put forward for consultation are:

To respond to the consultation please visit https://nhbsurvey.meyu.eu/

  • Only one submission per person
  • Deadline to get your responses in is 10 am on 26 June 2018

Please remember, these projects are not competing against each other for the money and you can support all, 1, 2, or none of them.

For more information on NHB please visit https://www.wychavon.gov.uk/newhomesbonus 

If you have any questions on the consultation or on any of the projects please contact the Town Clerk, Stuart Carter 01386 443322 or email

 

What is New Homes Bonus?

The government introduced the New Homes Bonus in April 2011.  The bonus was designed to ensure that the economic benefits of housing growth are returned to the councils and communities where that growth takes place.  For every new home built and occupied in Wychavon, and every long-term empty home brought back into use, the government gives Wychavon District Council (WDC) a non-ring fenced New Homes Bonus grant each year for six years.  WDC in turn ring-fence a percentage of this to town and parish councils for local projects.

For more information please contact the Evesham Town Clerk Stuart Carter.

Stuart Carter, Town Clerk at Evesham Town Council, on 01386 443322 or email townclerk@eveshamtowncouncil.gov.uk.

 

Update on past New Homes Bonus Projects

Many people will remember that in late 2016 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 has secured HLF funding and the NHB funding will be passed to them shortly.  website

Hampton Scout HQ (refurbishment of the hall) - £20,750.  This application was submitted by the Town Council and approved by WDC.  The project has now been completed.

Town Hall (new floor, lift, alarm system and equipment) - £90,000.  This applciation has been approved by WDC.  A lift contractor has been appointed and the other parts of the project are now being worked on.

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) – The bus shelter was installed in 2017.