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Town Mayor Cllr Catherine Ward, alongside Cllr Julie Grocutt, recently attended Stocksbridge Cricket Club to view the works being carried out on the new facilities. The Club were successful in last year's public vote for funding from the Town Council's Participatory Budgeting scheme. Members at the Cricket Club, both adults and juniors alike, have been working tirelessly over the last few years to raise funds for improvements to facilities and pavilion at the Club. The Mayor was delighted to attend, noting that the Club are a great community asset providing an approachable and friendly atmosphere for all ages.
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Over 130 people attended the first Participatory Budgeting event at The Venue on 8th May. 10 excellent presentations were given by the community groups who had applied for funding. A total amount of £28,000 was available for distribution. Members of the public were given the opportunity to view displays by the groups and ask any questions prior to casting their votes. Votes were counted on 9th May and announced at the Town Council meeting.

At the Town Council meeting held on 13th June cheques were presented to Early Steps Nursery and Garden Village Community Association and a letter of assurance to Stocksbridge Cricket Club that funding would be retained with the Town Council until such time as the allocated funds were required to commence works on their project.

1st - Early Steps Nursery to extend outdoor play activities - £1535

2nd - Garden Village Community Association for modernisation of toilet facilities at Inman Pavilion - £5000

3rd - Stocksbridge Cricket Club towards a new pavilion - £21,465

A full set of the results can be viewed here​

Stocksbridge Town Council receive income from Sheffield City Council which is derived from planning developments in the area, this is known as Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

CIL is levied on new developments to fund infrastructure provision and is implemented by local planning authorities. Legislation requires that 15% of CIL collected within the local area is to be retained in that area to be spent on projects that benefit the local community. This is the element of CIL that the Town Council receive.

CIL regulations state that it has to be spent on:- The provision, improvement, replacement, operation or maintenance of infrastructure or anything else that is concerned with addressing the demands that development places on an area.

The Town Council have determined four Spending Priorities as the criteria for CIL expenditure, these being:-

Environmental Projects

Access Works

Road Safety Measures

Recreational Facility Improvements

The Town Council would like the community to be involved in expenditure of CIL and have therefore implemented a Participatory Budgeting scheme for this purpose. Participatory Budgeting (PB) is a process which allows members of a community to participate in making spending decisions about local things that affect them. The process allows for community groups to submit bids for projects that fit the criteria and for the community to vote on their preferred project. The winner(s) are decided by which project(s) receive the majority of the votes.

A PB Task Group has been set up to administer the scheme. This group includes representatives covering various sectors of the Town Council area including, rural, recreational, elderly, youth and the community as a whole. It comprises of the following:-

Chairman, Barbara Horsman Stocksbridge Community Forum

Andy Clarke, Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre

Alan Rodgers, Bolsterstone Community Group

Sylvia Parry, 50plus Group

Students from Stocksbridge High School

3 Town Councillors


The PB Task Group to hold an information event at Stocksbridge Library on Tuesday 5th March, 1.00pm to 7.30pm (meeting room, lower ground floor)

Application forms submitted to the Town Council office by Tuesday 9th April 2019

Meeting of the Task Group to check submitted bids against criteria

16th April: Invitiations to be sent to community groups whose applications have been validated, to attend and present project at the Participatory event

8th May: Participatory event where the public vote on projects. To be held at The Venue, 6.30pm to 8.30pm

9th May: Results announced at the Town Council meeting at 6.30pm, following which successful groups will be informed and funding ​allocated

Successful groups will need to complete a monitoring form following completion of the project and they will also be invited to make a small presentation on the success of their ​project at the next Participatory event

It is anticipated that Participatory events will be held twice a year in the Spring and Autumn​

Download an application form here