Budleigh Salterton: Sport
A major consultation exercise took place to spend £35,000 of section 106 money on sport in Budleigh Salterton.
Five eligible, affordable and possible projects were put forward by the community
To ensure the age profile of the town’s residents was fully represented, a number of engagement events and activities took place. Officers and town councillors had a voting stall at the very well attended Budleigh Salterton Gala, residents were asked to vote for the projects they most wanted to see in the town.
Budleigh Salterton town clerk visited the library and a coffee morning to encourage more people aged over 60 to vote, as they weren’t adequately represented.
At the end of the consultation, a total of 308 people had voted on the projects. The most popular project was for a £15,000 outdoor gym and the second was to widen the path across The Green and turn one side of it into a cycle path at a cost of £20,000.
Budleigh Salterton Town Council, East Devon District Council and the proposers of the projects have worked hard to make the projects happen. The design for the outdoor gym was chosen by the community at a Christmas late night shopping event in the town and has now been installed on The Green and near Lime Kiln car park. The footpath across The Green has been widened.
In 2011, East Devon District Council and Exmouth Town Council asked community groups, residents and other organisations to put forward their ideas as to how £150,000 of the sports funding accumulated from recent Exmouth housing developments (section 106 money) should be spent. Devon and Cornwall Police covering the Littleham area proposed the idea of a multi-use games area in Littleham.
All 18 eligible, affordable and possible ideas were then taken out to residents and they got to vote at the Exmouth Festival and Kite Festival on which ones they wanted to happen in Exmouth.
Since then the Exmouth Town Council group and East Devon District Council have been working together to deliver what residents voted for. The following have already happened through this project and were already in place for residents to use:
- the outdoor gym equipment in Phear Park and on the seafront (£25,000)
- the multi-use games area and refurbished tennis courts in Phear Park (£50,000 towards the £200,000 project)
- making Exmouth skate park larger and re-designing it with new ramps (£60,000)
- outdoor showers on the seafront (£15,000)
When more money became available at the end of 2013 Exmouth Town Council decided to keep working down the residents’ priority list and fund the multi-use games area in Littleham in Exmouth and some electric dynamo bicycles on the seafront.
Local children and parents came along to East Devon District Council’s community festival in The Crescent in Littleham, Exmouth in May 2014. As part of the day the new £40,000 outdoor multi-use games area with lines and goals for netball, basketball and football was officially opened.
Early November 2013 saw the official opening of the re-vamped Woodbury Village Green play area for children aged under eight years. £17,500 was contributed by section 106 money and Woodbury Parish Council decided to add £7,500 to make it even bigger and better.
Woodbury Parish Council and East Devon District Council started off by going into Woodbury Primary School and Woodbury Pre-school and found out that children under the age of eight wanted swinging, climbing and spinning activities. These specifications were sent off to several play companies along with the budget.
All 177 children at Woodbury Church of England Primary School and Woodbury Pre-School voted for which of the three designs they wanted in their play area. The winning design got 55 per cent of the votes and included a basket swing, climbing frame and a spinning item.
Much anticipated improvements to Payhembury’s play area are now complete after improvements chosen by local children were installed.
Payhembury Playing Field Committee and East Devon District Council worked closely with Payhembury Primary School to spend £6,700 of Section 106 money on improvements.
To find out what activities the children wanted East Devon District Council visited Payhembury Primary School and Payhembury Playing Field Committee visited the youth club. The designs that the children chose from were provided by companies who followed the children’s design brief for the area.
Children had a choice of four designs and voted for their favourite in a special assembly at Payhembury Primary School. Of the 66 children who voted, 38 per cent chose the winning design which included a climbing wall, climbing net and a spinning item.