Brixington residents coming together

RESIDENTS of all ages have come together on a slew of projects to improve Brixington.

RESIDENTS of all ages have come together on a slew of projects to improve Brixington.

Money from the town hall’s Neighbourhood Projects Fund has backed projects

including a youth club a school garden club and several community projects.

A total of �4,000 has already been pledged to Brixington Bloomers bringing people of all age groups together to deliver gardening projects in Brixington.

Money has also been given to Brixington Primary School and Brixington Improvement Group.

The school has built a new ‘farm’ including a polytunnel and the pupils are growing fruit and vegetables.

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Last year new signs, flags and giant wall paintings were put up at Brixington Parade and last week the car park was resurfaced – traders were so tired with potholes they clubbed together to raise money for the work.

Brixington Community Church has received �1,000 for their youth club enabling them to buy a new TV, snooker table and a games console.

Every Friday between 35 and 50 children use the facilities and Rev. Simon Atkinson said: “We wanted to give children in Brixington a focus and a safe place to hang out. “It has proved very popular.”

A spokesman for the school said: “With the raised beds full with vegetables ranging from carrots to courgettes, beans to beetroot, marrows, peas, squashes, swedes and tomatoes, things have grown well.

“Our first sale of salad leaves and herbs back in July went very well and we plan to plant some winter salad leaves and more herbs over the next coming weeks – the poly tunnel will be the ideal place for these.”

Cllr David Chapman, Chairman of the Brixington Improvement Group said: “Having school pupils involved in making their local area more attractive will have many long term benefits. “They will grow up having pride in their area- knowing that they have made a real difference to how it looks.”

Mayor Cllr Darryl Nicholas said: “This is a great example of the Project Fund in action. Not only has it helped to give the School an extremely worthwhile new facility but it supports a project that draws together local residents of all ages, Brixington traders, the Church, the Police, Exmouth in Bloom, Exmouth Tidy Group and the Brixington Improvement Group.

“It will be a real team effort to make Brixington look as attractive as it can for years to come and the local kids will play a leading role in this.”