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SEATON: Have your say on how town should spend sports cash

Thursday, 10 April 2014

SEATON residents are being invited by East Devon District Council and Seaton Town Council to choose how they would spend £82,000 available for sports provision.
The project or projects with the most votes will be given the go ahead.
You can vote at the Seaton Town Council Community Fun Day in Jubilee Gardens – the area infront of the clock tower that has recently been refurbished at the corner of Castle Hill and Sea Hill – on Saturday, April 12th from 11am-3pm.
Apart from voting, you can go along to enjoy free circus skills, giant games and a balloon modeller.
The funding has come from developers who have built new houses (Section 106 money) in the parish. Every house has to contribute some money towards sport and play and Seaton has accumulated £82,000.
EDDC has the groundbreaking approach of letting the communities themselves decide how the money is spent.
An appeal for ideas last year produced a range of suggestions from Seaton residents, organisations, voluntary and community groups. Those that were eligible for funding form the proposals now available for voting.
These include outdoor table tennis tables, outdoor exercise equipment, a mini adventure golf course, refurbishing the tennis courts, improvements to the cricket club, climbing boulders, activity markers, a sports wall or skate park improvements. The proposals gaining the most votes will be the ones which get the go-ahead.
All people voting must be present at the event itself. Residents of any age can vote as long as they live within the area covered by Seaton Town Council.
EDDC will be making sure that the final vote is representative of the actual population of the whole town and all age groups. This may mean further voting events need to take place to allow more residents of certain ages or locations to vote.
EDDC’s Member Champion for Seaton, Councillor Steph Jones, said: “We are committed to making sure that local people have their say about where money from developments in their town gets spent. We’ve had some great suggestions. I would urge residents to put the date in their diaries and come and vote, whichever projects get the most votes will happen so you really can make a difference”.
Seaton’s Mayor, Councillor Gaynor Sedgwick, said: “This is a great opportunity for Seaton residents of all ages to have a say about what they would like to see in Seaton.
“Local people, adults, children, and Seaton Town Council have put forward some great ideas and we hope the community will turn out on April 12th to vote.
“It has been a pleasure to work with EDDC to further increase the facilities open to us all to enjoy in Seaton.”


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