Communities get 300k boost from second homes

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Communities get 300k boost from second homes

More than 300,000 of council tax paid by second home owners has been earmarked to spend on services for Cotswold residents by the District Council's Cabinet.

The Council is expecting to receive between 300,000 and 317,000 from Gloucestershire County Council as its share of the Second Homes Fund in 2007/08.

The District Council's Cabinet has agreed that the money should be spent as follows:

* 100,000 to crack down on crimes such as fly tipping, dog fouling and litter

* Up to 56,000 on tackling climate change by extending the Warm & Well scheme for residents' homes and researching renewable energy measures for Council buildings

* 20,000 on a waste minimisation and information campaign ahead of changes to our refuse and recycling service later this year

* 15,000 towards the cost of employing two part-time falls prevention officers

* 12,500 on a project to recruit more people to take up voluntary work

* 10,000 towards sports activities for children and young people

* 10,000 on research into the availability of low cost homes for local people

* 5,000 towards youth activities

* 5,000 on the STEP project, prevent young people from dropping out of school, training or employment

* 3,500 on increasing energy efficiency advice for residents.

The remaining 80,000 is to be allocated to projects commissioned by the Cotswold Local Strategic Partnership.

Council Leader Councillor Lynden Stowe said: "It's appropriate that that money collected from people with second homes in the District should be put back into the community.

"We're very pleased to be able to divide this money between such a varied array of services. Around half is being spent in line with the three important countywide themes of waste, affordable homes and renewable energy - all issues of major importance here in the Cotswolds.

"The rest will be going towards specific projects that help our increasing elderly population and activities for our children and young people."

The District's Council's plans for allocating the money will now be submitted to the County Council Cabinet on April 20th.

Posted : 07/03/2007 16:01:25

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