Have your say on how £300,000 should be spent on sports facilities

PUBLISHED: 16:01 24 August 2020 | UPDATED: 16:53 24 August 2020

The skate park in Phear Park. Picture: Archant

The skate park in Phear Park. Picture: Archant


Residents are being invited to have their say on how East Devon District Council spends £300,000 on new or improved sports facilities in Exmouth.

The Section 106 funds have been collected by the district council from housing developments in Exmouth.

In 2019, East Devon District Council and Exmouth Town Council asked residents, voluntary groups and other organisations to give their ideas on how the money should be spent.

Now residents get to decide which projects actually happen and 5,000 randomly selected Exmouth households will receive a letter in the post giving them a unique online code.

They can use this code to go online and vote for their households favourite projects.

There are seven eligible, affordable, possible projects for people who receive a letter to choose from:

Resurfacing the large sand astro pitch at Exmouth Community College which is at the end of its life.

A new drainage system at Exmouth Rugby Club for the two pitches and grass area next to Marine Way.

Expanding the current concrete skate park in Phear Park.

Adding new sports related equipment into Brixington park, all free to use.

Additional car parking area at Withycombe Raleigh Common football pitches, home of the Brixington Blues and used by other clubs and teams.

A back stretch/back exercise wall in Phear Park with exercises listed along its length, this would be free to use.

A free to use concrete track with bumps and small slopes for wheeled sports such as BMX, skate boards and scooters in Carter Avenue Park. This would be free to use.

Letters will be arriving with the 5,000 randomly selected households in the week beginning Monday, August 31.

Cllr Paul Millar, East Devon’s portfolio holder for democracy and transparency (including consultation) said: “With £300,000 of developer contributions to distribute, these are significant projects, the completion of which will support exercise opportunities and wellbeing across the town.

“I urge everybody who receive a letter take the time to read through the project proposals and vote on which projects will ultimately get the go ahead.”

Chairman of the Exmouth Town Council Section 106/Community Infrastructure Levy Working Party, Cllr Fred Caygill said: “I am pleased that we have reached the point where we can move forward with a vote of 5,000 households selected at random to vote on the projects selected.

“The current situation with the pandemic certainly highlights the importance of Health and Wellbeing and how keeping ourselves fit and active at all ages also plays a part in helping with our Mental Wellbeing. I look forward to seeing the projects that are chosen to receive funding come to fruition and providing opportunities for activities at all levels.”

Cllr Geoff Jung, East Devon’s portfolio holder for coast, country and environment, said: “I would urge everyone that gets a letter to please take the time to vote, they really can make a difference. This is a fantastic amount of money to spend in Exmouth on some much needed sports improvements.

“We would usually do the voting face to face at large events, but in these current difficult times that isn’t possible and isn’t likely to be possible for some time to come.

“This way of doing an online vote ensures that only people that live in Exmouth can vote, and that people can’t vote multiple times. This means the vote is more meaningful and representative.”

Cllr Nick Hookway, a Littleham ward member for the district council, added: “I am happy to lend my support to this excellent initiative to replace and upgrade essential sporting facilities within Exmouth.”

Cllr Bruce De Saram a Littleham ward member for the district council, said “These seven projects are all very well chosen and will greatly contribute to the well-being of Exmouth residents and it is my pleasure to support them along with my fellow ward councillors.”

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