Hawkchurch gets £1,726 sports provision boost

PUBLISHED: 17:00 28 October 2017 | UPDATED: 08:58 01 November 2017

Hawkchurch village centre. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

Hawkchurch village centre. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

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Residents are being asked how they want the money spent

Hawkchurch residents are being invited to put forward their ideas to the parish council on how to spend £1,726 on sport.

The money has been collected by East Devon District Council from developers who have built homes in the area and are asked to give money to benefit the community as part of a Section 106 legal agreement.

Ideas about how to use this pot of cash can include all sorts of outdoor sports from an outdoor gym or cycle way, to works to an existing cricket or football pitch.

Proposals must be for:

• New outdoor sports facilities or to improve existing outdoor facilities.

• Permanently sited sports facilities and equipment, for example, football goals, courts or training areas, so 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.

Councillor Phil Twiss, EDDC’s spokesman for strategic development and partnerships, said: “I would urge local people and organisations to come forward with any ideas they have for sports projects for Hawkchurch, as your ideas really could make a difference.”

To find out if a project would be eligible, contact East Devon District Council’s Section 106 Officer on 01395 571549. A proposal could just be an idea - it does not need to be a worked up project.

All proposals must be submitted to Hawkchurch Parish Council by January 31.

People should send their name, contact details, information on the proposal and, if possible, an estimate of how much funding would be needed.

Send ideas to the parish council on email johnvw@tiscali.co.uk or by post to Hawkchurch Parish Council, 5 Halletts Way, Axminster, Devon EX13 5NB.

Once the parish council has received the proposals it will work with the district council to ensure they are eligible, affordable and possible.

Residents will be able to look at all the ideas submitted and vote for their favourites. The ideas gaining most votes, are where the money will be spent.

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