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Saturday, 15 June 2013

Sidmouth funding for cycling?

At the Futures Forum meeting on cycling last month STC Chair John Hollick reiterated that S106 funding would be available for sports projects in the Sid valley. [Futures Forum: Futures Forum cycling meeting 20th May: press release]
And this was followed by the front-page piece in the Sidmouth Herald the same week following a press release from STC. [Home - Sidmouth Herald]
There is further information - from the View from Sidmouth and EDDC.

15th May 2013
SIDMOUTH: How would you spend £150,000?
Council money available for sport provision in town 
EAST Devon District Council is inviting all Sidmouth, Sidbury and Sidford’s residents, voluntary and community groups and other organisations to send their ideas to Sidmouth Town Council on how £150,000 can be spent on sport provision in the area.
The funds available have been accumulated by East Devon District Council from recent housing developments in the parish of Sidmouth (Section 106 money). It is now decision time for the residents on how this money is spent.
Sidmouth Town Council is urging individuals as well as voluntary and community groups and other organisations, especially sports and recreation groups, to submit proposals for projects they would like to undertake.
The ideas can include all sorts of outdoor sports proposals from BMX tracks, skate parks, basketball courts or an outdoor gym to a cricket or football pitch. It could be for new facilities or to improve existing facilities such as pitch resurfacing. It must be for permanently sited recreation equipment, and not for equipment like cricket bats or tennis rackets.

Open and accessible
The money could be spent on pitches, courts, lawns, greens, and tracks and training areas. 
Once installed, the recreation facilities or equipment must be open and accessible to the whole community. 
Funding cannot be spent on buildings, indoor facilities, professional sports grounds or golf courses.
If you are not sure if your project would be eligible you can find out by contacting East Devon District Council’s Community Engagement and Funding Officer on (01395) 517569.
All proposals must be submitted to Sidmouth Town Council by Friday June 28th 2013 at the latest. You need to send your name, the name of your group (if you have one), your contact details, information on what your proposal is and an estimate of how much funding you want to apply for. 
Your proposal could just be an idea - it does not need to be a worked up project.
Please send the information to Sidmouth Town Council by e-mail at town.clerk@sidmouth.gov.uk or hand it in to the council offices at Woolcombe House, or post it to Sidmouth Town Clerk, Sidmouth Town Council, Woolcombe House, Woolcombe Lane, Sidmouth, EX10 9BB. 
Please make sure it is clearly marked “Sports Money Idea”. 
Once the town council has received the proposals, Sidmouth residents will be given a chance to look at all the ideas and vote on them. The projects receiving the most votes will be given a share of the money.
Councillor Andrew Moulding, EDDC Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Development and Partnerships, said: “We are keen to see ideas coming forward from within the community as to how to use £150,000 available for sport-related projects. This is available from S106 money from development.
“In these days of austerity it is a pleasure to be able to say that there is some money available for investment in Sidmouth's community and this is an opportunity to ask people how they think it should be used.”
Councillor John Hollick, Chairman of Sidmouth Town Council, said: “There have been new homes built in Sidmouth which, as well as bringing much-needed housing, has also resulted in us benefiting from this money from developers. 
“It is good that EDDC are committed to working with us to make sure that local people have their say about where it gets spent. We hope that as many people as possible will send us their ideas”.

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