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CIL-funded Projects

CIL-funded Projects

Detailed here are a selection of some of the projects that have been funded through the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

This is not an exhaustive list and as such this page will be updated on a regular basis as new projects are delivered.

For further information on CIL funded projects not listed please contact cil@southdowns.gov.uk

  • Goodwood Seeley Copse Education Centre

    The Goodwood Education Trust welcomes over 3,000 children each year to Seeley Copse for educational visits. The Trust give the opportunity for children to immerse themselves in the countryside and learn about where their food comes from and understand how the natural environment plays a part in it.

    The previous education facility was inadequate, with insufficient space for wet weather activities, and unsuitable access for disabled students and visitors.

    Goodwood Education Trust received a £40,000 CIL grant towards a new purpose built Education Centre at Seeley Copse. 

    The new facility will provide much needed wet weather learning space, unisex toilets and a kitchen, all fully accessible for disabled users. The enhanced education centre can facilitate year round outside the classroom learning, with space for up to 80 children inside. Additional activities such as crafts, scientific exploration, and cooking, all using local produce, are able to be added to the existing program, expanding understanding and knowledge about the natural environment.

  • Egrets Way

    The overall objective of the Egrets Way network is to provide safe, sustainable access to the towns, villages, services and amenities of the Lower Ouse Valley for everyday use and for the purposes of encouraging tourism, the local economy and health and well-being.

    Before start of restoration works

    CIL funding was granted to contribute to the delivery of Phase 4 of the Egrets Way network of shared-use cycle paths in the Lower Ouse Valley between Lewes and Newhaven.

    After the completion of restoration works

    The newly refurbished 950m section boasts a 2.5m width surfaced path suitable for walkers, disabled users and cyclists. New accessible gates, stock proof fencing and signage were also installed.

    Additional CIL funding for Phase 5 of Egrets Way has also been secured, which is set to commence in 2021.

  • Easebourne Play Park

    Easebourne Parish Council were awarded over £80,000 to help rejuvenate Easebourne Play Park, which has since received the “People’s Choice Design Award” from the SDNPA.

    The CIL funds have been used to purchase designated BBQ pits, picnic benches, play equipment, and a notice board and lost property hub.  The myriad of improvements mean that users are able to extend their stays in the park and create a central hub for Easebourne village.

    In 2020, the park also introduced a new scooter track, aimed at children ages 3-10yrs. The markings on the track serve to create early education on highway safety, and ultimately provide endless enjoyment and exercise to children.


    One mum said “Our son absolutely loved it! The road markings and speed bumps were great fun, and we were really impressed by the creativity and variety in the park!”

  • Petworth Pedestrian Crossing

    Crossing a busy road has become easier and safer thanks to a new signalised pedestrian crossing.

    The crossing was requested by Petworth Town Council and the work was carried out by West Sussex County Council. The A272, near Downview Road, is a main road and has to be crossed by many children using the bus service to Midhurst Rother College and residents and visitors accessing Petworth Sports Ground and Petworth Deer Park.

    Some £40,000 of CIL funding and Section 106 money, administered by the SNDPA has contributed to the £110,000 scheme.

  • Lewes Signal Box

    A charming signal box has been lovingly restored to its former glory and is now the perfect vantage point for bird-watching.

    The signal box at Lewes Railway Land Local Nature Reserve was in desperate need of renovation after years of wear and tear. Now the structure has been given a new lease of life, thanks to Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding approved by the South Downs National Park Authority to the tune of £15,000 for habitat restoration.

    Work took place between January and March 2021 and included installing shatter-proof glass, replacing rotten timbers, and improving wheelchair access. Nature-lovers have enjoyed using the signal box as a hide to admire the bird life, top sightings have included heron, little egrets, kingfisher, little grebe and cormorant. The CIL money has also helped to pay for improvements to the water meadows and hedgerows nearby, to improve biodiversity and improve their effectiveness as flood defences.

    In October 2020, the first round of dredging and re-profiling of the ditches on the water meadows adjoining the 25-acre reserve was undertaken by Obsidian Groundworks.

  • The Kings Arms Youth Centre, Petersfield

    The Kings Arms Youth Centre were given £15,000 of CIL funding to refurbish the kitchen in their new permanent base in Petersfield.

    The Kings Arms Youth Centre have been supporting young people through their extensive support programs and after school activities. The programs are designed to help support young people to feel positive about themselves, and their futures. The new kitchen has given the centre a fresh and safe space for young people to relax and support one another.


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