Send in your proposals to the parish council by January 31, 2018

Hawkchurch residents are being invited to put forward their ideas to the parish council on how to spend £1,726 on sport.

The money has been collected by East Devon District Council from developers who have built homes in the area and are asked to give money to benefit the community as part of a Section 106 legal agreement. The district council has a nationally acclaimed policy of involving its residents in how Section 106 money for play and sport is spent in individual parishes and this particular funding for Hawkchurch is for sport.

The parish council is now seeking ideas from residents as to how they think the money could be best spent. These ideas can include all sorts of outdoor sports from an outdoor gym or cycle way, to works to an existing cricket or football pitch. Proposals must be for:

  • New outdoor sports facilities or to improve existing outdoor facilities.
  • Permanently sited sports facilities and equipment, for example, football goals, courts or training areas, so not for movable equipment like cricket bats, kayaks or tennis rackets.
  • Sports facilities or equipment that is open and accessible to the community. A small fee may be charged but it must be affordable.

Funding cannot be spent on buildings, indoor facilities, professional sports grounds or golf courses.

Councillor Phil Twiss, East Devon District Council’s deputy leader and portfolio holder for strategic development and partnerships, said:

Since 2008, we’ve allowed parish and town councils and the local community to decide how Section 106 funding is spent on sport and play. We felt it was really important that local residents get what they want in exchange for new developments in their area.

I would urge local people and organisations to come forward with any ideas they have for sports projects for Hawkchurch, as your ideas really could make a difference. 

If you are unsure if your project would be eligible, you can find out more by contacting East Devon District Council’s Section 106 Officer on 01395 571549. Please remember that your proposal could just be an idea - it does not need to be a worked up project.

All proposals must be submitted to Hawkchurch Parish Council by January 31, 2018 at the latest. Please send your name, contact details, information on what your proposal is and, if you have one, an estimate of how much funding you would want to apply for. The council will then contact you, if further information is needed.

Please send your ideas to the parish council by contacting the parish clerk (email or by post to Hawkchurch Parish Council, 5 Halletts Way, Axminster, Devon EX13 5NB. Once the parish council has received the proposals it will work with the district council to ensure they are eligible, affordable and possible. Residents will be given a chance to look at all the ideas submitted and to vote for their preferred proposals. The ideas that gain the most votes, are where the money will be spent.