Georgeham and Lee Bay communities to receive council funding
09 February 2022
Improvements to community amenities in both Georgeham and Lee Bay are on their way thanks to a funding boost of almost £20,000 from North Devon Council.
At a meeting of the Strategy and Resources Committee on Monday 7 February, councillors agreed to allocate the money from developer contributions, which will be used to help improve community facilities.
- £13,641 towards refurbishment of the pavilion at Georgeham playing field. The funding will be used to upgrade the changing rooms, toilet facilities and external patio area. This will provide the club and other groups who use the facility with a more comfortable and safer environment for the community as well as creating an area for families and individuals of all abilities to spectate from
- £5,600 towards the cost of installing an air source heat pump system into Lee Bay Memorial Hall in order to provide more comfort for all users, especially in the colder months and also to aid in the maintenance of the building
Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: “I am pleased to see our communities benefit from new housing developments in their areas. Despite the controversy that some have caused over the years, there are also clear benefits from these developments, including contributions towards community infrastructure that otherwise would not have been affordable.”
Local ward member for Ilfracombe West, Councillor Netti Pearson, says: "I'm delighted to see this money going to such a good cause. The Lee Bay Memorial Hall plays a valuable part at the centre of the community, and not just for Lee Bay residents. An air-source heat pump will mean that winter visitors in particular will be kept warm, whilst reducing the carbon footprint of the hall."
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 in the area. These contributions can only be used for certain things, and are used primarily for public open space projects.