Ilfracombe watersports centre is another step closer

Posted on: 7 October 2016

A new watersports centre for Ilfracombe is another step closer.

Following North Devon Council’s round one application for the project, officers have been invited to apply for the next stage in the Coastal Communities Fund applications process. This involves a formal application for the project, which needs to be made by the end of November.

The final decision on funding for the project will be made following the formal application and the announcement is expected in March 2017.

Executive Member for Regeneration, Councillor Pat Barker, said: “This is great news for the project and all those involved. It really does prove what the community can do when they work together. There’s still a lot of work to do and being invited to apply doesn’t guarantee we will be awarded funding – but it is a positive step. The Department for Communities and Local Government were extremely impressed with the Coastal and Communities Team in Ilfracombe when they visited in May and impressed with the momentum of the project in the team’s Economic Plan.”

Ilfracombe Town Councillor, yacht club representative and member of the working group, Councillor Geoff Fowler, said: “I’m really pleased that we have got through this initial stage. It has given us confidence in our plans to put together a formal application in due course.”

North Devon MP, Peter Heaton-Jones, said: “I am delighted that the Ilfracombe Watersports Centre project has won through to the next round of bidding for the Coastal Communities Fund. I will continue to support this application and use every opportunity to push for Ilfracombe to be awarded these funds, which will make such a difference to the local community.”

If the formal application is successful and funding is provided, the new centre would provide improved facilities, including storage areas, showers, changing rooms, teaching space and a café. Meanwhile outside, it will provide a new boatyard and slipway to safely access the water.

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