New sports activity wall opened in Budleigh Salterton

PUBLISHED: 11:36 09 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:52 09 November 2017

District Councillors Brenda Taylor, Steve Gazzard, Andrew Moudling and Brian Bailey join mayor Alan Dent, deputy mayor Tom Wright and former mayor Chris Kitson for the official opening of Budleigh's new sports activity wall. Ref exb 44 17TI 3086. Picture: Terry Ife

District Councillors Brenda Taylor, Steve Gazzard, Andrew Moudling and Brian Bailey join mayor Alan Dent, deputy mayor Tom Wright and former mayor Chris Kitson for the official opening of Budleigh's new sports activity wall. Ref exb 44 17TI 3086. Picture: Terry Ife

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Following £15,000 funding from Section 106 cash, a new sports activity wall has been built near Budleigh Salterton Football Club, in Greenway Lane.

A £15,000 sports wall funded by developer-contributed cash has been officially opened in Budleigh Salterton.

During a survey held in the town, residents identified the wall, near the football club in Greenway Lane, as a priority for Section 106 cash – money collected from building developers.

Other projects requested in the public questionnaire were a new outdoor gym and improvements to the foot/cycle path in The Green. Both of these projects have been completed leaving the activity wall as the next priority.

Deputy mayor councillor Tom Wright said: “Thank you to all the Budleigh residents that took part in putting forward their ideas for how the money should be spent, and then came out to vote for the projects they thought should be funded.

“This sports activity wall will further improve free things to do for people in Budleigh Salterton.

“Activities for Budleigh’s young people are high on my agenda, having started and still running Budleigh Community Youth club.

“Thanks also to Budleigh Salterton Football Club for working with the contractor regarding access to the site.”

Joint project leaders East Devon District Council and Budleigh Salterton Town Council canvassed the town’s youngsters over the design of the wall and chose a reduced-sized wall to allow surplus Section 106 funds to be spent elsewhere.

Cllr Wright, who is also an EDDC ward member for Budleigh, added: “Local young people were given the option of having a full games area rather than a one sided sports activity wall, but said they wanted some of the available funding put by to improve the skate park.

“Improvements to the skate park will be looked at as more funds become available.”

Mayor of Budleigh Salterton Town Council, councillor Alan Dent, said: “Thanks to funds from local housing developments and considerable input from the young people of Budleigh the multi-use games wall was ‘officially’ opened.

“The project controlled by the then town mayor Councillor Chris Kitson has already been a popular addition to the children’s play and sports facilities next to the Budleigh Salterton Football Club.”

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