Budleigh is getting a free outdoor gym – and residents are being given the chance to say what equipment it should have.

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The gym, which will cost £15,000, is being provided by Section 106 money from housing developments, allocated by East Devon District Council working with Budleigh Salterton Town Council.

Residents voted earlier this year to have a gym, along with a cycle track on The Green, which is being progressed separately, and now they are being consulted again about what the final design should be.

The public vote will be held tomorrow (Friday) during Budleigh’s late night shopping event, between 5.30pm and 8pm, at a stall outside the old Co-op shop on the High Street, or under the canopy at Staddons Garage if wet.

Residents will be able to see all the proposed designs and vote on their favourite, with the design that gets the most votes going ahead.

Whichever design is chosen, most of the gym equipment will be placed in a group on The Green, with the rest near Lime Kiln car park by the children’s play area.

Steering group member and district and town councillor Tom Wright said: “Residents decided they would like an outdoor gym. It’s great that they also have a say in what it looks like.

“It’s also good we’ve been able to provide it over two sites so more people can benefit.

“The larger one on The Green is a focal point for Budleigh Salterton and the second is at Lime Kiln car park, where parents will be able to exercise whilst watching their children in the EDDC play area.”

Steering group member and town councillor Chris Kitson said: “The chosen locations will ensure local residents can easily reach them and the range of equipment is suitable for all ages and abilities.”


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