Seaton backs �50,000 scheme to open primary school swimming pool for public use

Seaton has voted for improvements to the primary school swimming pool so it can be used by the public

SEATON residents have voted to splash out �50,000 on improvements to a school swimming pool so it can be used by the public.

The scheme won overwhelming support in a poll conducted by East Devon Council.

The town was asked to say how it wants to spend �75,000 of planning gain money paid to the district authority by developers, towards local infrastructure.

A massive 84 per cent, of the 500 who took part, voted for improvements to the primary school pool that will allow it to open up to public groups in all seasons after lessons, at weekends and during holiday times.

Second favourite was a free-to-use outdoor multi-gym, at a cost of �25,000. which gained 53 per cent support. It could possibly include traditional gym equipment, a ground level trampoline and/or climbing wall.

In all seven proposals for cash aid were put forward by local community groups.

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Seaton’s Mayor, Bob Palacio, said: “The release of this funding is the result of hard work and co-operation between former Deputy Town Mayor Julia Roebuck and officers of EDDC.

“I would like to thank everyone who has worked behind the scenes and to the residents who have taken the time to participate in the process of submitting and choosing the various projects.”

Councillor Steph Jones, EDDC Champion for Seaton, thanked residents who voted.

She said: “As ‘trustholder’ of Section 106 monies, EDDC will check that the projects to be funded have been fully costed and are deliverable.”

Other proposals and the votes received included:

Improvements to the skate park with youth shelter and arts space (�15,000) – 39 per cent.

Improvements to the football facilities at Colyford Road ( �15,000) – 28 per cent.

All-age BMX course at the Underfleet (�16,000) – 26 per cent.

Renovation of public tennis courts in Seafield Gardens (�18,000) – 22 per cent.

Improvements and extension to the boundary fencing of Court lane cricket fields (�15,000) – 8 per cent.