Community asked how to spend £300,000 on sports projects in Exmouth

Exmouth is being asked for ideas on how to spend £300,000 on outdoor sports facilities in the town.

Residents, voluntary groups and organisations have been urged to have a say on what the six-figure sum – from housing developments in the parish – should be splashed on.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) and Exmouth Town Council have teamed up over the Section 106 funds.

Ideas can include all sorts of outdoor sports – from an outdoor gym or skate park to works being carried out at a cricket or football pitch.

Proposals must be for:

  • New outdoor sports facilities or to improve existing outdoor sports facilities;
  • Permanently-sited sports facilities and equipment. For example, football goals, courts or training areas – so not for movable equipment like cricket bats, kayaks or tennis rackets.
  • Sports facilities or equipment that is open and accessible to the community. A small fee may be charged, but it must be affordable.

Funding cannot be spent on buildings, indoor facilities, professional sports grounds or golf courses.

Councillor Geoff Jung, EDDC’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “It’s really important that local residents get what they want in exchange for new developments in their area.

“I would urge local people and organisations to come forward with any ideas they have for sports projects for Exmouth, as your ideas really could make a difference.

“By letting us know what you want, it will be more likely that that is what you will get.”

Mayor Cllr Steve Gazzard, chairman of Exmouth Town Council, said: “The delivery of additional sports facilities is important in meeting the town’s growth needs and creating a place where families and people of all ages will want to live, enjoy and call home.

“We look forward to seeing the community’s ideas.”

All ideas must be submitted to Exmouth Town Council by noon on Tuesday, October 15.

Anyone submitting proposals is asked to send their name, contact details, information on what their proposal is and an estimate of how much funding they want to apply for.

“Your idea doesn’t have to be a worked-up project, it can just be a simple paragraph,” said an EDDC spokesperson.

“Once the town council has received the proposals, they will work with EDDC to make sure they are eligible, affordable and possible.

“Residents will then be given a chance to look at all the ideas that can happen and vote on them. The eligible ones that gain the most votes are where the money will be spent.”

Email proposals to reception@exmouth.gov.uk, or post them to to Sports Ideas, Exmouth Town Council, 1st Floor, Exmouth Town Hall, St Andrews Road, Exmouth, EX8 1AW.

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