Barnstaple, South Molton and Tawstock are set to benefit from a substantial funding boost of just over £358,000, aimed at enhancing community amenities. The development is the result of a decision made during North Devon Council's Strategy and Resources Committee meeting, which took place on Monday, 5 February.
The approved allocations are to include:
- £178,292.29 to South Molton Football Club towards the development of new pitches and clubhouse facilities.
- £9,621.95 to South Molton Bowls Club for the purchase and installation of solar panels on their pavilion.
- £60,000.00 to South Molton Town Council for the acquisition and installation of play equipment in Central Park.
- £20,000.00 to South Molton Town Council for the extension of the BMX track in the Woodlands on Parsonage Lane.
- £33,680.45 to South Molton Town Council for the improvement of the skate park in Central Park.
- £41,137.21 to Barnstaple Rugby Football Club towards the refurbishment of the old cricket pavilion, providing dedicated female changing facilities.
- £1,500.00 to United Services Bowls Club for completing the refurbishment of their clubhouse.
- £13,788.07 to Tawstock Village Hall for the purchase and installation of battery storage units accompanying recently installed solar panels.
Leader at North Devon Council, Councillor Ian Roome, says: "I am pleased that this significant Section 106 Public Open Space Funding has been approved. These investments in our local community underscore our dedication to fostering vibrant and inclusive environments for our residents. Anticipating the transformative impact, I look forward to witnessing these enhancements unfold in our localities."
Under Section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, contributions can be sought from developers towards the costs of providing extra community and social infrastructure as a result of the impact of new development in the area. These contributions can only be used for certain things, and are used primarily for public open space projects.