Since 2016-17, BCBC has made £100,000 available each year for town & community councils to fund certain projects. The allocations for 2017-18 are to be discussed by BCBC’s cabinet next week (pdf).
£20,000 went unspent in the previous year and rolled over meaning the total amount available this year was £120,000.
Town & community councils can raise their own funds through council tax precepts, but they often require extra money to carry out extensive works.
BCBC has also attached conditions that bids will only be approved if the town & community council projects are linked to Community Asset Transfers (i.e. they’ll only get the money if they’re willing to take on the job of running whatever it is they’re asking money for).
Six town & community councils put forward bids, ranging in value from £11,000 to £60,000.
Based on the requirement for bids to align with BCBC’s Community Asset Transfer policy, officers shortlisted two projects to receive a share of the money.
- Porthcawl Town Council’s £35,000 bid for works at Griffin Park public toilets.
- Cornelly Community Council’s £50,000 to repair/replace Cornelly Community Centre’s roof.
The remaining £35,000 will be carried over into 2018-19, meaning £135,000 will be available to town & community councils next year.