Funds to boost sports and play in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 13:20 17 July 2013 | UPDATED: 13:20 17 July 2013

A group is to be formed in the town to discuss the best ways to use the £20,000 funding for the local community.

Honiton is to receive a cash boost of £20,000 to go towards increasing sports and play opportunities for the local community.

The Mayor of Honiton, Councillor David Foster, made the announcement at a meeting of the town council last week and said he was looking to set up a group to look at the best ways of using the money.

He said: “It doesn’t happen very often that we have got money to spend.”

The funding is from Section 106 money and has been specifically earmarked to be used for sports and play.

It can be used to purchase play and sports equipment for both children and adults.

Cllr Foster added: “The best way forward is to form a working group of councillors and members of the public to look at the best ways of spending the £20,000 on sports and play.”

Mr Foster added: “This money is there to be used.”

During the meeting Mr Foster explained that the play aspect of the funding had to be spent in certain locations. Councillor Ash said she was ‘very conscious’ of the maintenance costs involved with new sports and play equipment.

The town council voted unanimously in favour of setting up a working group.

Fellow councillors Sharon Pavey, Vivienne Ash, John Zarczynski and Roy Coombs expressed an interest in joining the working group, which will report back its findings to the town council.

Mr Foster, speaking after the meeting, said: “It is an excellent opportunity. The group itself is a starting point to look at these issues.

“Sport in particular is a big issue and there is a definite need for investment in sports facilities.

“This is a great opportunity to engage with interested members of the public on a small project initially.”

Anyone interested in joining the working group - Action on Sports and Play - is urged to call Mr Foster on 01404 45106.

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