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.
SIDMOUTH: How would you spend £150,000?
money available for sport provision in town
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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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
“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
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”.