Section 106 money from developers helps fund outdoor sports wall chosen by local community

In a joint project run between Budleigh Salterton Town Council and East Devon District Council, people from Budleigh Salterton will be getting a brand new £15,000 sports activity wall.

Over 300 people in Budleigh Salterton originally had their say on how to spend money on outdoor sports in the town a couple of years ago – their priorities were for a new outdoor gym and foot/cycle path improvements for The Green. Both of these have happened now.

Next on residents’ priority list was a sports activity wall near the football club, including equipment such as a football goal and basketball or netball net. There will be open access to the wall, which will be free for anyone to use.

The design of the sports wall that is going to be installed has now been selected by a Budleigh Salterton Town Council working party. East Devon District Council has considered the results and released the funding. As the site for the sports wall is on East Devon District Council land, it will be looking after the sports wall.

The funding for these projects comes from Section 106 money, which is available as the result of a number of housing developments in Budleigh Salterton. Section 106 money is collected from developers and spent by East Devon District Council, which opts to involve the community in how it allocates funds.

East Devon District Council Chief Executive, Mark Williams said:

Thank you to all the Budleigh residents who took part in putting forward their ideas for how the money should be spent, and for coming out to vote for the projects they thought should be funded. This sports activity wall will provide more free things for people to do in Budleigh Salterton.