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Construction of new vehicle access and a small car park to serve the new recreation ground in Ramsey St Mary’s has been completed.

The project was part-funded by Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) committed by Huntingdonshire District Council. Ramsey St Mary’s Village trust submitted a CIL application earlier this year for funding support of £47,136 which was approved by the District Council, with construction beginning in July 2022.

Executive Councillor for Planning, Cllr Tom Sanderson, said: "It is great to be able to support local projects such as this with approved CIL funding from the District Council. It is also fantastic to see this project get off the ground so quickly after funding was approved and to be completed so soon afterwards.

"The project was deemed to provide very good value locally and enables the final phase of this project, providing a recreation ground for the village and supporting growth in the wider Ramsey area."

Ramsey St Mary’s Village Trust Chairman, Andrew Hodgson, said: "The delivery of the new vehicle access and car park were the final part of the scheme to deliver the new recreation ground to Ramsey St Mary's. This development now ensures that the field is accessible to all our local residents. The CIL funding was crucial in covering the cost of the groundworks and along with contributions from Ramsey Town Council, the former landowners and from our own funds were able to deliver this community project ahead of schedule and within budget."

CIL is a planning charge placed on developers that allows local authorities to assist in the funding and delivery of infrastructure development within the local area. The use of CIL funds highlights the council’s commitment to supporting the development of infrastructure that enables district-wide and localised growth as well as improving the supply of new and affordable housing, jobs, and vital community facilities.