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A new boatshed has officially opened at Hunts Sailing Club, St Ives after it received £50,000 of Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) funding from Huntingdonshire District Council.

An event was held on Saturday 11 June to mark the official opening of the new boatshed with the Mayor of St Ives doing the honours alongside representatives of the Sailing Club. The project was grant funded by Huntingdonshire District Council and Sports England, and also utilised some club funds.

Executive Councillor for Planning, Cllr Tom Sanderson, 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 very pleased that we have been able to support Hunts Sailing Club with this project, which is of benefit to the local community now and for years to come."

The club Commodore for Huntingdon Sailing Club, Ian Moffatt, said: "Whilst Covid caused considerable delay we now have a fantastic facility which importantly came in on budget. We would like to give a huge thank you to Huntingdonshire District Council and Sport England for their funding, and to the Mayor of St Ives for opening the new facility. We look forward to using these facilities for years to come and going onto phase 2 of our plan, which is to update and improve our changing facilities."

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 the council’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.

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