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Vote to decide how £22,000 sports funding will be spent
Tuesday, 03 July 2012
A SPORTS provision vote has been organised for the residents of Colyton parish.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) has a pot of £22,500 to spend on sports provision and the vote to decide how the money will be spent will be held on Saturday, July 7th.
Colyton parish includes Colyford and the vote is jointly organised by EDDC and Colyton Parish Council.
Votes can be cast from 2.30pm during Colyton Church Fete in Church Green, Colyton.
The money has come from recent housing developments through what is known as Section 106 agreements with developers.
EDDC’s portfolio holder for economy and Coly Valley ward member, Councillor Graham Godbeer, said: “We are committed to making sure that local people have their say about where money levied on developments in their parish gets spent.
“We’ve had some great suggestions and I’m looking forward to seeing which get the votes.”
Colyton parish councillor Rodney Turner, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for residents to be involved in deciding which sports and leisure facilities are provided.
“I would urge as many as possible to come along to enjoy the fete and to cast their vote.”
An appeal for ideas earlier this year produced a range of suggestions from residents, organisations and voluntary and community groups. Those that met the relevant funding criteria include an outdoor gym, the first phase of a skatepark, a fitness trail, cycling practise area for children, a sports activity wall and an adult assault course.
Residents of any age can vote.
An EDDC spokesperson said: “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 need to take place to allow more residents of certain ages or locations to vote.
“One conditon of any funding is that once installed, the recreation facilities or equipment must be open and accessible to the whole community.”
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