North Devon Council Executive Committee approves over £162,000 to improve community spaces
Posted on: 8 June 2018
At a meeting of the North Devon Council Executive Committee on Monday 4 June, councillors agreed to approve and release £162,004 S106 public open funds to enhance public open spaces. The money will be spread across five different projects in various areas across North Devon.
North Devon Homes will receive £63,312 towards the cost of new play equipment at Gorwell play area in Barnstaple. The project will provide an innovative and inclusive play area for children. Local ward member for Yeo Valley, Councillor Ian Roome says, “It is fantastic news that we have been able to secure this funding to improve and enhance the play equipment at Gorwell. It was in need of updating and I am positive the children who use this facility will find it a much more rewarding experience. I would like to thank North Devon Homes and North Devon Councils Parks team for their input and advice to ensure this project came to fruition.”
Local ward member for Yeo Valley, Councillor Joy Cann, says “Councillor Roome and I are delighted the funding for this project has been secured and that we can go ahead with the refurbishment of this play area. I am sure the residents will be delighted to know we can now move forward with the much needed improvements to this local amenity.”
Fremington Parish Council will receive £12,300 towards the cost of replacing Beechfield Centre in Fremington with a purpose built community building and parish council offices. The project already has planning approval and has secured a loan from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Parish Councillor and Leader of North Devon Council, Councillor Des Brailey says, “This is great news for the parish of Fremington, a brand new purpose built community building will be a fantastic asset for all our residents and I look forward to the project starting soon.”
Local ward member for Fremington, Councillor Frank Biederman says, “I am pleased that this allocation of developer contributions is going to this scheme, which will provide us with accessible meeting rooms, parish offices and much needed changing rooms for the successful Fremington Football Club.”
Croyde Parish Council will receive £9,015 towards the cost of developing a play area with a a range of play equipment based around a sea theme. Ward member for Georgeham and Mortehoe, Councillor Pat Barker says, “This will be a fabulous new playpark, financed with S106 funding from local developments plus a loan from the Public Work Loans Board, a grant from the Town and Parish Fund, and county and district councillor grants.”
Pilton Park play area in Barnstaple will benefit from over £32,000 worth of S106 contributions from the Old Glove Factory development. Old equipment will be removed and replaced with new, play equipment and safety surfacing. Local ward member for Pilton, Councillor Mair Manuel, says “I am delighted we are finally able to have the inclusive play equipment installed in Pilton Park. Parents and their children have been asking for such equipment for several years and, at last, the money is available. The consultations that are to take place in the Pilton schools over the next few weeks will ensure that the equipment installed will have the approval of the children in the area.”
Local ward member for Pilton, Councillor Brian Greenslade says “Further investment for Pilton Park is good news and some payback for the community from the disturbance caused by development. I pass Pilton Park most days and regularly see people enjoying what the park has to offer; children at play, parents sitting talking while supervising the children and older citizens also enjoying the amenity and activity going on.”
The old equipment in Princess Avenue play area in Ilfracombe will be removed and replaced with new, inclusive play equipment and a new safety surface. Over £45,000 from S106 contributions from the Shields development will help to fund this.
Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Brian Moores, says: “I’m pleased to see this funding help so many projects which will benefit local communities across the district. S106 contributions, made as part of major planning applications, allow the council to give something back to the community and help projects to receive funding that can be vital to provide much needed facilities.”
*Section 106 (S106) is money paid to the council by developers as part of the planning conditions of planning applications. The money can only be used for certain things, but is used primarily for public open space projects.Posted in: Community