The communities of the South Downs National Park stand to benefit from a vital boost.


The South Downs National Park Authority has announced a £ 1.5million investment in communities.

Funding comes from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which is administered by the Authority and paid for by developers to support new local infrastructure and will benefit 18 different communities in East and West Sussex. .

It will go towards pedestrian routes for families and people with disabilities, bicycle poles, play facilities.

The financial boost will be split between East and West Sussex and Hampshire, £ 448,750 for East Sussex £ 450,425 for West Sussex. There will also be another boost of £ 256,000 for parishes in the three counties to support local projects in their area.

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In West Sussex, it will help create the first phase of a traffic-free, shared-use road connecting South Midhurst to the city center.

In East Sussex, a cash injection will help pay for Phase 6 of Egrets Way, connecting Rise Farm to Rodmell in the beautiful Ouse Valley.

The residents of Fernhurst will also benefit from a modernized and expanded sports pavilion, while new play facilities will be installed in Lavant and Liss.

On the East Sussex coast, the funding will improve the chaplains, coastguard and police facilities at Beachy Head Chaplaincy. Buzz Active in the Cuckmere Valley will receive funding to improve access for paddle enthusiasts.

Tim Slaney, Director of Planning at the South Downs National Park Authority, said: ‘As 2021 draws to a close, we are delighted to announce this significant funding of over £ 1.5million to help communities local people in the region.

“Access to green spaces has never been more important and much of this funding will help people walk or cycle through some of the South East’s most beautiful countryside.

“It’s wonderful to see such a diverse range of projects, whether it’s a village playground, new walking trails, tree planting or a new theater for a school. , for the benefit of local communities and visitors.

“This substantial funding underscores the tremendous value of good planning and showcases the benefits that flow from high quality development in a protected landscape such as the South Downs.”


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