There are projects going on to spend £17,300 of sports money and £32,000 of play money that is available in the parish of Ottery St Mary. All of this funding has come from new homes created in the parish through section 106 agreements.
These are joint projects with Ottery St Mary Town Council.
In 2014 we gathered in ideas from the community on how £17,300 of section 106 money from new homes in the parish of Ottery St Mary should be spent. The parish of Ottery St Mary includes Tipton St John, Wiggaton, West Hill, Alfington, Escot, Gosford, Fenny Bridges, Fairmile and Metcombe.
We received five eligible, affordable and possible ideas from the community and from sporting organisations. Residents got to vote for the projects they wanted to see happen at three separate voting events. The winning projects were:
- A sports activity wall in Winters Lane playing field to give young people more to do, this would include a football goal and basketball/netball hoop. Project cost: £15,000.
Update: The Town Council and the proposer of the project chose a design for the sports wall. It was put in place at the end of 2015.
- Two sets of small football goals to be used by the youngest players at Ottery St Mary Youth Football Club. They currently use cones as goals or have to use goals that are too big for them. Project cost: £3,000.
Update: We have now had enough money come in to fully fund this project as well. Legal discussions are taking place between us and the youth football club.
There is £32,000 to spend on play in the parish of Ottery St Mary. £13,000 for West Hill and £19,000 for Ottery St Mary Town. We have worked with children and young people at the children's centre, West Hill Pre-School, Ottery St Mary and West Hill primary schools, The Kings School and young people in West Hill to find out what they want to spend the money on.
Ottery St Mary Town councillors decided to spend most of the £19,000 on the Land of Canaan play area in Ottery St Mary and the £13,000 will be spent on West Hill play area.
We asked play companies to submit their designs to us within the budget and the specifications of the children and young people. Local children and young people got to vote on which design gets installed.
The winning design for the Land of Canaan play area was installed in early 2016, it involves a large basket swing and a piece of climbing apparatus. The winning design for West Hill play area has been selected and the Town Council are carrying out the project as they run the play area.