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SIDMOUTH: Public invited to have their say on £250k sport funding

Thursday, 05 December 2013

Residents of Sidmouth, Sidbury, Sidford and Salcombe Regis are being invited to vote on how they would spend £250,000 for sports provision in the town.
An event will be held on Friday, December 6th to give people a chance to have their say on how they would spend the money during Sidmouth’s late night shopping event, from 5pm until 8pm, near the Sidmouth Market and Christmas tree, opposite Fields department store.
The money has come from developers who have built new homes in the parish.
An appeal for ideas earlier this year produced a range of suggestions from Sidmouth Parish residents, organisations, voluntary and community groups. Those that were eligible for funding form the proposals now available for voting.
These include an outdoor gym, multi use games area, improvements to rugby, cricket and football, an adventure trail, cycle routes and outdoor table tennis tables.
The proposals gaining the most votes will be the ones which get the go-ahead.
Residents of any age can vote as long as they live within the area covered by Sidmouth Town Council which includes Sidmouth, Sidbury, Sidford and Salcombe Regis, and reseidents can only vote by attending the event on Friday.
EDDC will be making sure that the final vote is representative of the actual population of the whole parish and all age groups. This may mean further voting events will take place to allow residents of certain ages or locations to vote.
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.
“We’ve had some great suggestions. I would urge residents to put the date in their diaries and come and vote.
“The projects that get the most votes will be delivered, so you really can make a difference.”
The Chairman of Sidmouth Town Council, Councillor John Hollick, added: “Sidmouth has had a number of developments over the years which have promised funding for sports. The public now get to have a say in how to spend that money.
“I would encourage everyone to take part - don’t waste this opportunity to have your say.”
There is £250,000 available in total. £150,000 is availablefor ideas put forward by the community and £100,000 for Sidmouth Town Councils strategic projects.
Residents can vote for up to three projects.
The projects are:
l A new all-weather multi use games in the north of Sidmouth (possibly Stowford area) including markings and goals for sports such as basketball, netball and five a side football. The project will cost £50,000
l All age outdoor gym equipment in Sidmouth, free to use. This would be traditional gym equipmnent suitable for outdoor use. The project cost is £15,000
l Repainting the courts at Sidford Tennis Club to make sure the surface is good enough for people to continue to play tennis. The group is applying for: £6,000 in funding and the total project will cost £8,000.
l Improvement of Sidmouth Rugby Clubs two pitches and training area at Sidford. This would level the field and put in a drainage system. A total of £40,000 has been applied for and the total project cost will be £190,000.
l A new all weather multi use games area in central or lower Sidmouth including markings and goals for sports such as basketball, netball, five a side football and skill walls. Project cost: £60,000
l Outdoor table tennis tables in Sidmouth. These would be permanently fixed into the ground. Project cost: £8,000
l Replacing the broken training lights at Sidmouth Amateur Football Club so they can train safely on dark evenings. Project cost: £1,600
l Levelling the current cricket outfield and refurbishing the practice nets at Sidmouth Cricket Club to allow for more coaching and competitive matches. Project cost: £25,000
l Adding an all-weather strip to the edge of the cricket square at Sidbury Cricket Club to allow more people to play. Project cost: £9,000
There is £100,000 available for Sidmouth Town Council’s strategic projects. Residents can vote for which project gets the money.
The projects are:
l Improvements to cycling around Sidmouth. A cycle route linking some residential areas with the Woolbrook area, in particular to allow easier cycling to school and college. Including improved cycle parking at the schools and local shops. It might be the first part of a future Sidmouth to Feniton cycle route.
l An adventure activity area for children and adults. A selection of sports activities all in one place like a fitness trail, climbing wall, outdoor gym equipment.

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