KDBH Community projects:  2019/20 bids

In 2019, for the first time, Solihull Council released money - £38,000 in KDBH - for local communities to spend on developing their neighbourhood in ways that are most important to them (details about the scheme Here).  The first year of operation was, the Council admits, something of a learning process.  However, it kicked off what will now become an annual process.  


A total of seven bids were submitted from community groups in KDBH - details below.   All bidders were able to publicise and promote their proposals, and seek community feedback, through Neighbourhood Forum meetings and via our website.  


In November 2019, the Council announced the two successful KDBH bids for 2019/20.  Congratulations to: Dorridge Village Hall on their extension (£20,000); and Knowle Village Hall on their replacement emergency doors (£8,200).  And for progressing things so quickly - both projects are already at, or nearing, completion.  We're also pleased to say that, with our representations, the Council found alternative funding for £4,040 to go to Penny’s Café in Knowle.  The remaining funds were carried over into 2020/2019.


All great news for our community!

2019 KDBH NCIL Bids, listed in Alphabetical order

Extension to Dorridge Village Hall (planning permission held), offering a smaller hall and increasing storage (part of a larger project of refurbishment). There is a need for extra space for community use, including health and fitness groups, education, community events and clubs/associations that regularly meet. 

Bid: £20,000

1. Dorridge Village Hall Association

See 2. above - part of costs set against Knowle CIL. 

Bid: £497

3. Fast Aid Responder Scheme (Knowle CIL)

Penny’s Youth Café is a church-sponsored community youth project to support local young people after school. It will be open exclusively to young people aged 11-21. The informal youth café will run from 3.30-6pm creating the opportunity for mentoring. There will also be regular youth church events running at the same premises, so young people can access extra pastoral support if needed.

Bid: £4,040

5. Knowle Parish Church: Penny's Youth Cafe

The Project comprises a new St Philips church and integrated community hub to replace the current church and hall on the site. CIL funding will fund the kitchen on site, within the coffee lounge. The remainder of the main 165m² (1,800 square feet) multi-purpose community hall will house a separate, dedicated crèche, equipped with books, toys and baby changing facilities; a dedicated youth room, a space that teenagers can make their own; a new, modern, properly equipped kitchen and coffee lounge; a reordering of the outside space providing improved car parking. 

Bid: £20,000

7. St Philip's Church and Community Centre

The provision of one training defibrillator at a cost of £250, two choking trainer vests at £129.99 each, one training defibrillator at a cost of £250, a resuscitation junior manikin at £1,116.56 and one resuscitation baby manikin at £624. Equipment will be used at free community training events, which involve life saving techniques and how to recognise a heart attack, training in CPR and using a defibrillator. 

Bid: £1,960

2.Fast Aid Responder Scheme (Dorridge CIL)

Delivery of a building to house Knowle and Dorridge RC (who have had to move numerous times this year due to no permanent home). The building will take the form of an eco-friendly structure, powered by solar-panels. 

About the K&D Running Club

Bid: £15,000

4. Knowle and Dorridge Running Club

Installation of upgraded Emergency Exits throughout the building (part of a larger project to upgrade the hall’s facilities). The funds would be used to enhance the overall appearance of the hall as well as ensuring that it is secure. 

Bid: up to £8,200

6. Knowle Village Hall Association

Knowle, Dorridge and Bentley Heath Neighbourhood Plan Limited

Company registered in England No. 9764103

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