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SIDMOUTH: Community to have say on gym proposals

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Sidmouth residents will have the chance to choose their own designs for a new free-to-use outdoor gym in the town. The town council has been working with East Devon District Council (EDDC) to develop plans for the facility, and three designs will now be put to the community. A voting event will be held during the Sidmouth Armed Forces Day Fete at The Ham on Saturday June 28th between 2pm and 4pm, where residents can have their say on the proposals. Earlier in the year, community groups, residents and other organisations were asked for their ideas on how to spend £150,000 of sports funding accumulated from housing developments. And one of the winning ideas was to spend £15,000 on free-to-use outdoor gym facilities. A town council working group then decided that the equipment would be best placed in the Stowford area, on green space opposite the community centre. Councillor Iain Chubb, EDDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We are committed to making sure that local people have their say about where money from developments in their parish gets spent, and are one of the few local authorities that do so. “This is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Sidmouth to really make a difference by deciding which outdoor gym they get, after they voted for an outdoor gym to happen.”

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