Local community to benefit from council funding
21 July 2022
Improvements to community amenities across north Devon are on their way thanks to a funding boost of just over £63,500 from North Devon Council.
At a meeting of North Devon Council’s Strategy and Resources Committee on Monday 4 July, councillors agreed to allocate the money, which will be used to help improve various community facilities in the areas of Barnstaple and Chulmleigh:
- £6,000 towards the enhancement of Chulmleigh Town Hall
- £14,203.35 towards the purchase of new goalposts and grass pitch improvements at Tarka Tennis Centre, Barnstaple
- £3,475 to Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club CIO towards the enhancement of their boathouse on Rolle Quay, Barnstaple
- £40,000 to United Services Bowls Club towards the enhancement of their clubhouse on Mill Road, Barnstaple
Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor David Worden, says: "I am thrilled that we are able to help provide funding for these public amenities through S106 funding.
"The Tarka Leisure Centre is an important part of the North Devon community and I am pleased that this funding will be used towards the purchase of a set of portable Swivel goals that can be chained to anchor points around the pitch when not in use for match-play. This equipment will not only protect the main goal mouths from deteriorating, but it will also be valuable for club training and informal use.
"The Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club, with their funding will now be able to install flooring in their communal meeting room, accessible toilet and kitchen on the first floor. This building will then be used by the Club and the wider community.
"I am also really pleased that the United Services Bowls Clubhouse has benefited from S106. The Bowls Club building was extended and refurbished in its first phase from money the club raised themselves. To complete the second and third phases of the project the funding will be put towards reconfiguring the original building, installing flooring, building a new accessible entrance and building new storage outbuildings.
"The Chulmleigh Town Hall Committee also received funding and intend to use it towards modifying the ceiling on the ground floor hall to enable additional activities to take place in the upper floor hall. Currently, there is no insulation between the floors, which makes simultaneous use extremely difficult as a result of noise transfer. The money will be used towards the cost of installing acoustic insulation.
"All these projects are great and I look forward to seeing them develop and the benefits they will bring to our community."
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.
These contributions can only be used for certain things, but are used primarily for public open space projects.