At a meeting of North Devon Council’s Strategy and Resources Committee on 6 July, councillors agreed to allocate £38,000 of funding towards improvements to community spaces in the district.

 

  • £30,000 to phase one of the Fremington quay wall repair project
  • £8,304 to Kings Nympton Parish Council towards new play equipment at Kings Nympton playing field

Repair works to the quay wall at Fremington are urgently necessary to prevent further deterioration to the structure, and to keep the area safe and useable by the public.

Kings Nympton Parish Council have collaborated with the Friends of Kings Nympton School, the pre-school and mother and toddler group to gather research on a range of play equipment that would best suit and benefit the community; with a zip wire being the preferred option. This improvement will bring more users to the playing field as well as benefiting the children of the community.

Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: “I am really pleased that we are able to help provide much needed public amenities through funding from local developments. Working with parish councils to identify specific needs in their parish, these type of projects allows the council to provide facilities which benefit our communities the most.”

Local Ward member Councillor Joy Cann says: "As this section of Fremington Quay is situated within the Bickington Ward, the ward members are extremely pleased that S106 funding is contributing to the repairs of the wall.  It will make the area safe and will restore the appearance of this beautiful spot enjoyed by many as they walk that part of the river estuary."

Chairman of Fremington Quay Committee, Councillor Frank Biederman says: "I am very grateful for North Devon Council's support on this project, as if not done the wall and car park could have fallen into the estuary, causing a major safety issue and obviously a loss of important car parking capacity, that is already extremely limited at the quay."

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 a new development.

These contributions can only be used for certain things, but are used primarily for public open space projects.

Photo credit: Visit Devon .co.uk