Residents invited to send in their ideas on how to spend S106 money on outdoor sports facilities in Whimple

Whimple’s residents, sports clubs, voluntary groups and other organisations are being asked for their ideas on how to spend funding totalling £40,000 on outdoor sports facilities in the parish.

The funds – Section 106 money - 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. East Devon District and Whimple Parish Councils are inviting everyone to send in their ideas on how to spend the money.

Ideas can include all sorts of outdoor sports from an outdoor gym or skate park 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, 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.

All ideas must be submitted to Whimple Parish Council by 12pm Wednesday 15 May 2019. Please send your name, contact details, information on what your proposal is and an estimate of how much funding your project would need (if you know). We can then contact you for further information if we need to.

Please send your ideas to the parish council by email to: whimpleparishcouncil@gmail.com or you can post it to Kevin Finch, Whimple Parish Clerk, 48 Slewton Crescent, Whimple EX5 2QA.

The parish council will work with East Devon District Council to make sure that any proposals received are eligible, affordable and feasible. Residents will then be given a chance to look at all the ideas and can vote on them. Eligible proposals, which gain the most votes will have the money spent on them.

Councillor Tom Wright, East Devon’s portfolio holder for the 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 Whimple, as your suggestions really could make a difference. By letting us know what you want it will be more likely that that is what you will get.