Grants agreed

PUBLISHED: 10:30 14 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:00 10 June 2010

A NUMBER of projects will receive large sums of money from the new Neighbourhood Projects Fund. Community groups from around Exmouth have had their requests for money from the £30,000 pot accepted at the Exmouth Town finance committee and should be rubber

A NUMBER of projects will receive large sums of money from the new Neighbourhood Projects Fund.Community groups from around Exmouth have had their requests for money from the £30,000 pot accepted at the Exmouth Town finance committee and should be rubber stamped at full council.The fund, the brainchild of Exmouth Deputy Mayor Darryl Nicholas, was created to help local initiatives and to "get people to work together and brighten the area".l A community project to enable 20 young people aged 16 to 21 to attain their level one football association coaching badge was approved at the finance committee.Instead of paying for the course they will volunteer their time, once qualified, by helping to coach in clubs and youth groups.l Littleham family activity centre will also receive funding for an extra large gym with four play levels. l Littleham Residents' Association was also a winner and will receive a grant to provide an attractive seating and rest area in an underused part of The Crescent.l Blackmore Theatre will receive a grant to provide a lift giving access for disabled and elderly people to the theatre to see the plays and public music. l Phear Park will receive a grant to establish a Friends of Phear Park committee and the finance to create improvements to the park including a picnic area.l Exmouth Rowing Club won the bid to enable the purchase of new boats, in particular for the youth section, which will need the equipment to represent Exmouth regionally and nationally.Deputy Mayor, Councillor Darryl Nicholas said: "The project funds scheme means that people see real local investment affecting their lives and their neighbourhoods in a really positive way."Another local Projects Fund competition may run next year as it is expected £10,000 will be left over from this year's pot.Boost for BrixBRIXINGTON Primary School pupils have won a grant to brighten up the community with flowers and shrubs.The successful bid for £4,000, from the Neighbourhood Project Fund, will be spent on buying equipment to grow plants around Brixington.The money will also be used to buy a greenhouse, a shed and a polytunnel, which will help children grow plants, and in the long run residents will be able to join in as well.The school will now start a management committee involving members of the community with the school acting as the 'hub' of the project.The fund was a trial project pioneered by Exmouth Town Council as a way for residents to turn their ideas for the town into a reality. Deputy Mayor, Councillor Darryl Nicholas said: "This type of application is what the Projects Fund was hoping to achieve."A community getting together and investing time and effort in making it a better place."The Brixington area was one of the first big winners when the successful bids were agreed at the Exmouth Town finance committee, and should be rubber stamped at the next full council.The Brixington Parent Teacher Association will work with Brixington children, residents, Brixington church and businesses to grow flowers and shrubs in public areas. Headteacher Eric Howard said: "We are absolutely delighted that this school can play such a central part in brightening up the area around Brixington.

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