Six Huntingdonshire projects to share huge £2 million in funding

Godmanchester Sluice Gate project in May 2021.

Godmanchester Sluice Gate project. Before pics May 27 2021 Matthew Power Photography 07969 088655 @mpowerphoto - Credit: MATTHEW POWER PHOTOGRAPHY

Six local projects in Huntingdonshire are set to receive and share a combined  of more than £2 million.

Huntingdonshire District Council approved a new round of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding applications for projects across the districts at a cabinet meeting on March 17.

The six projects to be supported include a largescale improvement investment in Hinchingbrooke Country Park and support for the redevelopment project at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

Executive councillor for strategic planning, Cllr Jon Neish, said: “We always look to use CIL funding in the best way to help us deliver infrastructure and community facilities across Huntingdonshire, ensuring that the projects we support will make positive impacts for all our residents. 

"I am also very proud that we can support a number of schemes in different corners of Huntingdonshire with further projects taking place in Sawtry, Ramsey St Mary, Godmanchester and within the Brampton and Buckden region.” 

The remaining four CIL-funded projects across the district are: 

Sawtry 3G Pitch - £150,000 

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This project is to build a full size floodlit 3G artificial grass pitch on the site of Sawtry Village Academy to provide a training and match-play venue for local football clubs, multi-sports clubs and community groups. 

Godmanchester Mill Steps - £48,000 

£200,000 worth of CIL Funding was previously approved by Cabinet in 2021 for this project, however, due to an unforeseen increase in supplies and project costs, an additional £48,000 has been approved to enable the completion of the project.

The latest updates of this ongoing District Council project can be found at

Brampton/Buckden Public Rights of Way - £50,000 

Subject to the confirmation of costs and support from the Environmental Agency, £50,000 has been supported to improve the Rights of Way condition and accessibility in the Great Ouse Valley area, exploring improved walkway structure and facilitating the future maintenance of routes. 

Ramsey St Mary’s Recreation Ground - £47,136 

CIL funding has been approved to support the construction of a small car park and vehicle access to serve the new recreation ground in Ramsey St Marys. 

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 HDC'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.