Thursday, September 26, 2013
Residents invited to suggest projects for which the ‘planning gain money’ should be used
Sports provision in Seaton is to get an £82,000 boost – with residents invited to say how it should be spent.
The fund has been provided by developers as part of their planning permission for local housing schemes.
Now council chiefs want residents, voluntary and community groups and other organisations - especially sports and recreation groups - to submit proposals for projects they would like to undertake.
Ideas can include various types of outdoor sports proposals to improve or create new facilities, including outdoor gyms, basketball courts, skateparks, cricket or football pitches.
Proposals must be for:
• New outdoor sports facilities or to improve existing outdoor sports facilities.
• Permanently sited sports facilities and equipment - such as football goals, courts or training areas, but not movable equipment like cricket bats, kayaks or tennis rackets
• Sports facilities or equipment open and accessible to the community. A small fee may be charged, but it must be affordable.
Officials stress that funding cannot be spent on buildings, indoor facilities, professional sports grounds or golf courses.
Proposals can be a simple as a basic idea - they don’t need to be a worked-up project.
Councillor Andrew Moulding, East Devon District Council’s deputy leader, said: “In these days of austerity, it’s a pleasure to be able to say that there is some money available for investment in local communities and this is an opportunity to ask people in Seaton how they think it should be used in their town.”
Mayor Gaynor Sedgwick said: “This is great news for Seaton and very welcome. Many people are involved with different types of sport in the town and I am expecting some good ideas to come forward.”
Seaton Town Development Team and the town council will be launching a “Get active, sporty Seaton” project later this year with plans to unveil new sports routes and active lifestyle activities in the town. It is hoped that many of the ideas from the funding proposals can be considered as part of this.
Proposals should be submitted to the town clerk, Seaton Town Council, Fore Street, Seaton EX12 2DR, email: firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday November 8. They should include the sender’s name, the name of their group, if they represent one, contact details, information on what their proposal is and an estimate of how much funding they would need.
Once the council has received the proposals, local residents will be given a chance to look at all the ideas and vote on them.
For more details on what projects might be eligible for funding contact East Devon District Council’s Section 106 Officer on 01395 571549.