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Council grant supports improvements at St Paulinus Centre

Cllr Bob Todd (2nd from right) and Cllr Angela Baker (3rd from right), St Paulinus Centre

Having unanimously supported a bid for a £5000 grant earlier this year, Edenbridge Town councillors are happy to see that users of the Paulinus Centre in Marlpit Hill are now benefitting from a new floor. Edenbridge Town Council Chairman Cllr Bob Todd and Vice-Chair Cllr Angela Baker attended an open morning on 27 October, along with other funders, to view the new flooring, updated heating and paintwork.

John Nutting, chair of St Paulinus management committee said: “It was clear a couple of years ago that the condition of the hall’s floor, vital to the dance school, was deteriorating due to wet rot and that temporary corrective action couldn’t continue indefinitely. It was decided by the committee in 2022 that the only way forward to secure the future of the hall was to completely replace the floor structure.”

Chairman Cllr Bob Todd, said: “St Paulinus Centre is a well-used community facility, and we hope that everyone will enjoy the improved space.”

The centre has been providing services to the local community for many years, and currently hosts the St Paulinus Pre-School, the Cora Art Theatre dance school and pilates sessions. In the past the hall has been used for mother-and-baby groups, judo classes, art classes, a philately group along with quiz nights and fund-raising activities. It has been a venue for pre-school children for about 40 years.

“With increased local development we are sure that demand on this facility will grow even further, so we were pleased we could provide this funding through monies we’ve received from developers via the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL),” added Cllr Todd. “I would encourage community groups to consider applying for CIL funding when we announce that applications are open throughout the year, so that they too might benefit from such improvements.”

View full details about CIL funding and eligibility criteria

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Council helps fund school play improvements

Two councillors at children's play area
They thought their playground days were over! Cllr Angela Baker and Cllr Alan Layland at Hever C of E Primary School

Cllr Angela Baker and Cllr Alan Layland were able to step out of the office last week and back in the playground to attend Hever C of E Primary School’s ‘Volunteer and Supporter Tea‘.

In 2022 the Town Council’s CIL Board awarded the school £24,659.72 towards its Longevity Project. The project aims to transform the functionality and all-weather usability of the outdoor areas by improving the ground and installing new play equipment and a children’s outdoor gym.

Cllr Baker said: “It is clearly evident to see how hard the PTA works in the school and what an amazing impact they have.
“It was a lovely afternoon hosted by the Year 6 class and a great opportunity to see the difference our grant has made towards the playground equipment and outdoor area. I’m sure the children really enjoy using the wonderful space that has been created.”

Cllr Layland added: “Over 80% of pupils at Hever School are Edenbridge residents, so I’m pleased that these improvements will benefit them and many others for years to come.”

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Apply for infrastructure funding by 15 September

Sevenoaks District Council is inviting bids from organisations who wish to apply for CIL* funding to help deliver their infrastructure projects. Perhaps there are some Edenbridge organisations who might like to consider applying?

The cut-off date for applications to be considered by the next Board meeting is no later than midnight on Friday 15 September 2023. The CIL Spending Board will be held on Wednesday 29 November.

You can find out whether your project may be eligible for funding by visiting https://engagement.sevenoaks.gov.uk/strategic-planning/copy-of-applications-for-sdc-cilspendingboard/

* The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows local authorities to secure funding for infrastructure to support development in their area. This is done by requiring developers to pay a standard charge per square meter (m2) of qualifying new development.

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