There are projects going on to spend over £250,000 of sports money and over £100,000 of play money in Exmouth. This is all money that has come from new homes created in Exmouth.
These are joint projects with Exmouth Town Council.
All of this funding has come from new homes created in Exmouth, called section 106 agreements.
In 2011 we gathered in ideas from the community on how £250,000 of section 106 money from new homes in Exmouth should be spent. We received 16 eligible, affordable and possible ideas from the community and from sporting organisations.
583 residents of Exmouth voted on which of the proposals should be funded. The successful ideas were:
- An all-age, free to use outdoor gym. This would be traditional gym-type equipment suitable for outdoor use. Project cost: £25,000.
Update: Residents got to choose the design of the outdoor gym equipment, this has now been installed in Phear Park and on the seafront next to The Pavilion theatre.
- ‘Continental style’ open air showers to be put along the seafront for people to wash salt water and sand off themselves after swimming. Project cost: £15,000.
Update: A trial outdoor shower was installed next to The Octagon in 2014. We now have the costs of the trail so are looking to install two more outdoor showers, one at the Imperial Recreation Ground and one near the lifeboat station.
- Improvement of Exmouth Skate Park: adding more suitable ramps, and making it bigger and more appropriately laid out. Project cost: £60,000.
Update: Skate park users got to decide on the new design. We added an extra £50,000 from the main council budget to this project so that the skate park could be even bigger and better. The improvements took place and the skate park was re-opened in 2012.
- Money towards re-developing four of the tennis courts in Phear Park, turning one of these courts into a new multi-use court for recreational basketball, netball and soccer. The total project cost would be £200,000 but they applied for £50,000.
Update: Leisure East Devon provided the rest of funding and carried out the project. The multi use games area was opened in early 2012.
- The Valley Parks Cycle Route- this project looks to provide cycle routes through two areas of informal parkland. These would join up with other cycle routes to provide a safe, continuous cycleway around Exmouth. Project cost: £100,000
Update: This is a complex project so is taking some time to deliver.
The projects above took up the £250,000 available at the time. Further section 106 money for sport was paid so Exmouth Town councillors decided they wanted to keep working down the list of projects as prioritised by the community.
Further projects so far:
- An all-weather multi-use games area in Littleham including markings and goals for sports such as basketball, netball, and football. Project cost: £40,000.
Update: This games area has been installed and was opened in 2014.
- Several exercise bikes along the seafront under a canopy that generate electricity. Each bike would power up lamps to allow users to measure their progress or compete with others. Project cost: £30,000.
Update: These were installed and opened in 2015 in the sunken gardens next to Exmouth Pavilion.
There was over £100,000 to spend on play in Exmouth. We have worked with Exmouth Children’s Centre, three Exmouth Primary Schools and Exmouth Community College to find out what the children and young people want to spend the money on, and then they got to vote on which one of three designs they wanted to be put in.
Exmouth Town councillors decided that Phear Park and Imperial Recreation Ground play areas are a priority so we worked on improving them first (bearing in mind that it has to be spent within 600 metres of the development that contributed the money).
- £48,000 of improvements were made at Phear Park, with the design including a zip wire and a basket swing. It was opened in March 2016.
- £55,000 went towards the £70,000 new play area at Imperial Recreation Ground in Exmouth. It was opened in January 2016. The remaining £15,000 came from main council budgets.