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We’re investing in walking, cycling and rail improvements across the district

Published: Wednesday, 16 December, 2020

Several hundred thousand pounds-worth of investment to improve cycling, walking, rail use, youth provision and waste collection has been approved by Stroud District Council.

The Community Infrastructure Levy funds totalling £282,050, plus £205,000 in match funding from SDC will mean neighbourhoods all across the district will benefit.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a charge paid by developers of new homes to help fund the infrastructure to go with it.

Cyclists and walkers are being supported heavily in the latest round of CIL funding allocations – Cam, Dursley and Uley Greenway, Cam & Dursley Railway Station, Cainscross segregated cycleway, Stroud to Nailsworth cycle and walking route, and Frampton cycle path were all approved for investment by SDC’s Strategy and Resources Committee.

“As Europe’s first carbon neutral council, we are committed to making the whole district carbon neutral by 2030, and improving provision for cyclists, walkers and rail users is key to taking polluting vehicles off the roads,” said Council Leader Doina Cornell.

“The environment is one of our five key priorities by helping communities minimise carbon footprint and continuing to improve recycling rates, so working with our officers, we have selected schemes which bring the most change to our communities and the environment.”

The project to start a new Hardwicke Youth Centre will also receive funds, and there will be a contribution to new technology designed to cut mileage of waste and recycling collection vehicles and improve missed bin collections.

The committee met on Thursday, December 10 and considered and approved the CIL spending allocation recommendations from the Environment Committee.

Full details of the projects to receive funding can be seen at www.stroud.gov.uk/sr10dec

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