Exmouth residents urged to vote on ways to spend £300,000 on town’s sport services as deadline looms

Thousands of Exmouth residents selected at random are yet to vote on how £300,000 should be spent on the town’s sport services.

East Devon District Council posted out 5,000 letters to homes in Exmouth, asking residents to vote for their favourite sport projects.

The council said 4,130 households are yet to reply and the 5pm Monday, October 19 deadline is looming.

Councillor Steve Gazzard, Exmouth mayor and EDDC member for Withycombe Raleigh, said: “Sports clubs and facilities are the lifeblood of Exmouth, bringing our community together and helping people of all ages develop.

“Each of the seven worthy projects that made the shortlist for possible funding share the common attribute of delivering new or improved sports facilities in Exmouth and I would really like to encourage anyone who has received a letter, but not yet voted, to go online and use their vote.

“It will take only take a few minutes and your vote will mean so much.”

Some 5,000 randomly-selected Exmouth households at the start of September received a letter in the post from East Devon District Council and Exmouth Town Council, asking them to vote on seven projects to create new, or improve current sports facilities in the town.

EDDC said 870 households out of 5,000 invited have voted for their favourite projects.

The councils are keen to receive more responses and are urging those under the age of 39 – specifically under-18s – to take part.

The two age groups are ‘under-represented’ the council said.

There seven projects residents have been asked to consider are:

  • £150,000 to resurfacing the large sand-astro pitch at Exmouth Community College, which is at the end of its life. The pitch is used by community groups in the evenings, and college students in the week.
  • £210,000 for a new drainage system at Exmouth Rugby Club for the two pitches and grass area next to Marine Way. Currently matches and training are often called off because of waterlogged pitches.
  • £240,000 to expand the current free-to-use Phear Park concrete skate park, used by skateboarders, scooters and BMX riders.
  • £150,000 for new sports equipment at Brixington park, all free to use; a games area with goal, an outdoor gym, pitch improvements – drainage, levelling and new football goals; a marked cycle area, extended and improved footpaths and seating.
  • £40,000 for additional, safer, car parking at Withycombe Raleigh Common Football Pitches, home of the Brixington Blues and used by other clubs.
  • £5,000 for a free-to-use back and neck stretch and exercise wall in Phear Park, with instructions.
  • £60,000 for a free-to-use concrete humped and sloped track in Carter Avenue Park for BMX, skate boards and scooters.

The £300,000 has been collected by EDDC from house developers building in the area, and has been earmarked for creating new sports facilities, or to improve existing ones.

Last year EDDC canvased Exmouth residents and groups on how best to spend the Section-106 developer cash.

If you received a letter but mislaid or recycled it and want to vote, email jbuckley@eastdevon.gov.uk with your postal address, or call 01395 517569 for a reminder of your unique code, which is needed to vote.

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