Once the deadline passed applications underwent an eligibility check.

Once applications had been passed as eligible they were evaluated and presented to the New Homes Bonus Panel of EDDC Councillors and a representative from Devon County Council, for a decision to be made.

The fund aimed to support projects that were:

  • needed locally
  • of benefit to two or more parish / town council areas
  • supported by the local community
  • evidencing how they have explored opportunities to work with others
  • well thought out and planned
  • in receipt of the 20% of project costs from elsewhere

Full agenda, and minutes from the New Homes Bonus Panel decision making meeting on 19 March 2019 including all applications and initial evaluations.

 In brief, successful projects were applications for:

  • A project from Honiton Dementia Action Alliance to pay for transport for people with dementia and their carers to come into Honiton from surrounding parishes to access dementia support services and activities - £4,000
  • A flood resilience study and associated works in Lympstone and surrounding areas. The results will be shared nationwide - £7,700
  • Adding lighting to Newton Poppleford Playing Field so that the Devon Air Ambulance can land safely at night - £1,500
  • Setting up a Dementia Action Alliance across the Ottery St Mary area and delivering dementia support within Ottery St Mary and to surrounding parishes - £10,390
  • Leaflets and online information for two walking routes that go through Seaton - £2,921.60
  • Improving 100m of public footpath between Stoke Canon and Brampford Speke, which have become so degraded residents with pushchairs, buggies, wheelchairs etc can’t use it - £1,960
  •  A community street party run by Budleigh Salterton Chamber of Commerce to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Sir Walter Raleigh for Budleigh Salterton and surrounding parishes - £2,687.28
  • Adding lighting to King George's Field in Uplyme so that the Devon Air Ambulance can land safely at night - £1,500
  • Creating safe footpath access to Glebe Parks sports and playing fields in Upottery as it's on a blind bend - £5,000
  • Purchasing full size portable goals for the use of The King’s School in Ottery St Mary and West Hill Wasps junior football club - £1,581

There was also an unsuccessful application for the purchase of 30 new batons for Seaton Majorettes at a cost of £3,360. It was unsuccessful because Councillors were concerned about the significant cost of the batons, which did not yet include any customs charges/import duty from the USA.