Axminster’s residents, voluntary groups and other organisations are being asked for their ideas on how to spend Section 106 funding on outdoor sports facilities in the town

East Devon District Council and Axminster Town Council are inviting everyone in Axminster to send in their ideas on how to spend £216,000 of Section 106 money on outdoor sports facilities in the town.

The funds have been collected by East Devon District Council from housing
developments in the parish and the council has a clear policy of ensuring that
residents and parish organisations should choose how the money is spent.

Ideas can include all sorts of outdoor sports from an outdoor gym to works
being carried out at a cricket or football pitch.

Proposals must be for:

• New outdoor sports facilities or to improve existing outdoor sports
facilities.

• Permanently sited sports facilities and equipment. For example football
goals, courts or training areas, but 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.

All ideas must be submitted to Axminster Town Council by noon on 10 December 2018 at the latest. Please send your name, your contact details, information on your proposal and an estimate of how much funding you want to apply for if you have one, to the town council by e-mail at: enquiries@axminstertowncouncil.gov.uk or you can post it to Axminster Town Council, The Guildhall, West Street, Axminster, EX13 5NX. The council may contact you for further information if necessary.

Once the town council has received the proposals they will work with East Devon District Council to make sure they are eligible, affordable and possible.
Residents will then be given a chance to look at all the ideas that can happen
and vote on them. The eligible ones that gain the most votes are where the
money will be spent.

Councillor Tom Wright, East Devon’s portfolio holder for Environment, 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 Axminster, as your ideas really could make a
difference.”