Colyton skate park tops parish sports poll
Residents vote on how to spend �22,500 of community funding
A skate park and an outdoor gym were the most popular choices when Colyton residents voted on what new sports facilities they wanted.
More than 200 parishioners took part in a series of polls to say how �22,500 of recreation funding should be spent.
The money has been provided by housing developers – Section 106 cash – which is earmarked for community projects in the whole area covered by Colyton Parish Council.
An appeal for ideas about how to spend it, earlier this year, produced a range of suggestions from parish residents, organisations, voluntary and community groups.
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Those that were eligible for funding were the proposals that residents got to vote on at the Colyton Church Fete on August 11. These included an outdoor gym, a skate park, a fitness trail, cycling practice area for children, a sports activity wall and an adult assault course.
The skate park, with a small number of ramps, in Colyton playing field, was the most popular choice, with 55 per cent of the votes. It is projected to cost the entire �22,500.
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The all-age outdoor gym, expected to cost �15,000, was runner up, with 38 per cent of the votes. In third place, with 29 per cent, was a sports activity wall, costing �11,000.
The results have been ratified by Colyton Parish Council which now awaits the release of funding from East Devon District Council.