Twenty community projects in the South Downs National Park are to benefit from over half a million pounds of extra funding.
The money has been raised through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) scheme which is administered by the South Downs National Park Authority (SDNPA). The CIL is a levy paid by developers to support new community infrastructure.
Projects across Hampshire and Sussex will share the windfall of £555,000. The money will be spent on various initiatives including new cycling, leisure and environmental improvements.
In his report below, Malcolm Shaw spoke to Trevor Beattie from the South Downs National Park Authority; and Nigel Tarling from Cycle Lewes.
The Chair of the South Downs National Park Authority, Margaret Paren, said that she was pleased to announce the extra funding at the start of a new decade for the park which was created on 31st March 2010.
"All the projects represent infrastructure improvements that enrich the quality of people's lives, whether that be recreation, health and well-being, transport or having a wildlife-rich environment.
"I'm delighted for the communities in the Lower Ouse Valley who have been championing for the Egrets Way network since 2011. The funding will contribute towards a further 1.1km of multi-user path providing better access to the countryside and amenities and a safer alternative away from the highway."
The twenty projects include:
Ponds, bugs and kids - improvements to an area of Queen Elizabeth Country Park to provide outdoor shelter and improvements to ponds - allowing children to explore and learn about the natural environment. £50,000
South Downs Way, Winchester - improvements to South Downs Way and creation of cycle route to improve links to and from Winchester to the National Park. £41,370
Meon Valley Trail, Wickham Springs - to upgrade and improve drainage system to help alleviate the problems of flooding / surface water on the existing trail. £35,000
Upstream of Liss - Natural Flood Management Project by Arun and Rother River Trust - plant trees and hedgerows in strategic low risk locations to slow surface water and river flooding. £25,000
Liss Triangle Centre - construction of rain cover to entrance and improve damp proofing to building. £18,275
Liss Village Hall - new toilets. £15,000
Twyford - refurbishment of basketball court at Hunter Park. £12,700
Twyford - Pavilion at Hunter Park - repair and renovate pavilion building at Hunter Park. £5,000
Hangers Way - improvements and upgrading of rights of way between Petersfield and Alton. £11,000
IN WEST SUSSEX:
Easebourne Park Phase 2 - new play equipment, multi-use shelter, enhanced perimeter path and composting toilet. £80,270
Goodwood Education Centre - to construct a new study centre and toilet facilities at Home Farm to support Goodwood Trust's educational programme. £40,000
Petworth - Sylvia Beaufoy Pedestrian Crossing - provide a new pedestrian crossing on A272 close to Sylvia Beaufoy car park. £33,000
Findon Play Facilities - installation of new play and exercise equipment at Homewood, Horsham Road. £31,500
Lavant River Walk - Marsh Lane to north of Playground. To improve connections from mid-Lavant to Village Green (East Lavant). £10,000
Stedham with Iping Recreation Ground - installation of climbing dome on Village Green. £4,850
Stedham with Iping - installation of fitness equipment to create a fitness trail. £2,500
IN EAST SUSSEX:
Egrets Way Phase 5 - a new shared-use path between Lewes and Newhaven. £113,000
Lewes Railway Land Local Nature Reserve - Improvement to habitat water meadows and hedgerows and Signal Box hide. £15,500
Lewes Railway Land Local Nature Reserve - footpath improvements. £10,000
Lewes Railway Land Local Nature Reserve - Installation of interpretation boards. £1,000