Axminster outdoor sports facilities given £216,000 boost

PUBLISHED: 15:01 12 November 2018 | UPDATED: 09:28 15 November 2018

Axminster district and county councillor Ian Hall is a keen outdoor sports fan. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Axminster district and county councillor Ian Hall is a keen outdoor sports fan. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Residents are being invited to suggest how the money should be spent

Residents in Axminster are being asked for ideas on how to spend £216,000 on outdoor sports facilities.

The money has been provided by local housing developers – part of their contribution to boosting the town’s amenities.

Now East Devon District Council and Axminster Town Council are inviting everyone in Axminster to come up with suggestions on what they would like it spent on.

Ideas can include all sorts of outdoor sports from an outdoor gym 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, but 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.

All ideas must be submitted to Axminster Town Council by noon on December 10. People should send their name, contact details, information on their proposal and an estimate of how much funding they want to the town council by e-mail at: enquiries@axminstertowncouncil.gov.uk or by post to Axminster Town Council, The Guildhall, West Street, Axminster, EX13 5NX.

Once the town council has received the proposals they will work with East Devon District Council 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.

Councillor Tom Wright, EDDC environment spokesman, said: “Since 2008, we’ve allowed parish and town councils and the local community to decide how Section 106 funding is spent on sport and play. We felt it was 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 Axminster, as your ideas really could make a difference.”

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