YOUNG people in Bath and North East Somerset who are supported by the LUX Youth Project are benefitting from improved facilities following a community funding award of £52,389.

The kitchen and toilet facilities at the Roundhill Hub in Bath have been upgraded after the project was allocated the money by Bath & North East Somerset Council from the Bath Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

The LUX Youth Project is a Christian charity that works with young people from Bath, Peasedown St John and Timsbury and specialises in community youth work, mentoring and chaplaincy.

Its services are based at the Roundhill Hub and includes breakfast clubs, 1:1 mentoring, a street dance academy and a food pantry.

Councillor Kevin Guy, council Leader, visited the Roundhill Hub yesterday (May 13). He said: “The support the LUX Youth Project provides in our area is so important in helping young people to maximise their potential in life.

“All our young people should have people to talk to and somewhere to go outside of education and home, making important links with the community and each other. The Roundhill Hub is a fantastic community asset and I’m pleased that it has been made more comfortable and modern for people to use with this facilities upgrade.”

Dave Joyce, director of the LUX Youth Project, said: “The new kitchen and toilets at Roundhill have made a huge difference to young people who regularly dance at the Hub and for other users of the building, such as the Oasis Pantry and Mind which are facilitating a community cooking course and currently using the kitchen on a weekly basis. A huge thank you to the CIL fund and the team.”

Bath & North East Somerset Council is responsible for allocating Bath CIL funds to support local projects. The Community Funding Projects Map shows gives details of all the projects that have been funded across the city. 

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a planning charge, introduced by the Planning Act 2008 as a tool for local authorities in England and Wales to help deliver infrastructure to support the development of their area.

From the overall Community Infrastructure Levy that is collected, Bath receives 15% of the receipts, which are allocated to The Neighbourhood Portion of CIL for Bath. In the absence of a parish council for Bath, the council has a statutory responsibility to allocate the funds.

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