Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update
In line with social distancing advice and to protect residents and staff the Council has taken the decision to close the Council offices to the public until further notice.
Whilst the offices are closed to visitors, you are still able to access services and information from this website 24/7.
Information and advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to access Council Services during this period can be found on our Coronavirus information page
We ask that all residents #StayHomeSaveLives – see a Message from the Leader of the Council
Message from Mayor of Castle Point Councillor Colin Riley
From July 4th new changes on lockdown come into place. Pubs, bars and restaurants are able to open subject to government guidelines.
We want our residents to enjoy themselves but it is important we all act responsibly.
- Stay alert and stay safe to help prevent spreading the virus.
- Keep a safe distance from others and continue to wash your hands regularly.
If you do go to the pub, have fun but be sensible;show respect for others and do not do anything that puts you or other people at risk.
Community Infrastructure Levy FAQ's
What is a community infrastructure levy?
The community infrastructure levy is a local ‘tax’ that local Council’s can impose on new development in order to collect funds to pay for local infrastructure provision and improvements. It is charged on a square metre bases, although household extensions and small business developments are exempt by law.
How is the community infrastructure levy calculated?
The community infrastructure levy must be set at a level that does not affect the overall viability of development within an area. Work has therefore been undertaken to understand the local housing market and the market for different types of commercial development.
- Convenience Retail (Food) - £140 per sqm
- Out of town centre comparison retail (non-food) - £60 per sqm
- Restaurants, Pubs and Takeaways - £40 per sqm
- Residential Care Homes - £80 per sqm
- Hotels - £40 sqm
What can the community infrastructure levy be spent on?
Community infrastructure levy receipts can be spent on local infrastructure improvements and new infrastructure where it supports and/or mitigates the impacts of new development. This can include road improvements, open space provision and the provision of new community buildings and facilities.
Will the community infrastructure levy pay for the entire infrastructure needs in Castle Point?
Due to the restrictions viability places on the amount of levy that can be charged, it is unlikely that it will pay for the borough’s entire infrastructure needs.