Five Axminster sports projects are to be offered grants totalling more than £227,000, it has been announced today.
A new skate park at Cloakham Lawns will get £150,000 towards a £266,000 project – if it can raise the remainder of the cash. And plans to provide a new surface at the bowling club will be offered £50,000.
Other offers have been made to Axe Valley Academy (£7,000) for improvements to an outdoor netball court, a project to develop ground graphics for children (£5,000) and plans to build a free-to-use outdoor climbing wall (£15,000).
All the ideas were put forward following requests for suggestions from both East Devon District Council and Axminster Town Council. A total of 10 suggestions were initially put forward and five went on to form the shortlist.
The Section 106 sports money comes from housing developments in the parish.
The Mayor of Axminster, Councillor Anni Young, said: “Axminster Town Council is extremely happy to find that it is possible to fund the remaining proposals.
“All of the five projects are deserving of the grant and will serve to provide varied and valuable amenities either by adding a new asset to the town in the case of the fun tract, climbing wall and the skate park or supporting an existing enterprise such as the Bowls Club and netball.
“These five projects will offer new opportunities to the residents of Axminster.”
Sports ideas came from the community
Councillor Geoff Jung, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for Environment said: “Since 2008, we’ve worked closely with parish and town councils and the local community to decide how Section 106 funding is spent on sport and play.
“It’s great that in this case we can afford to fund all of the eligible, possible and affordable ideas that came from Axminster’s residents and groups, those that came forward with these proposals really have made a difference and will be able to make their ideas happen!”
A spokesperson said, after the list was reduced to five projects, it was realised they were all affordable.
“Usually the councils would take all the projects out to the community and get the community to vote on which ones they want to see happen, with the most popular projects being funded,” they stated. “In this case, all of these proposals add up to a maximum of £227,000, when there is £216,000 currently available with more money to come in soon.
“The councils have decided to offer to fund all the projects as there will soon be enough money available to pay for them. It’s now up to the project proposers and other relevant organisations to bring the projects to fruition.”