The local community will benefit from municipal funding

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Improvements to community amenities in North Devon are underway 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 July 4, councilors agreed to allocate the money, which will be used to help improve various community facilities in the Barnstaple and Chulmleigh areas :

  • £6,000 for improvements to Chulmleigh Town Hall
  • £14,203.35 to purchase new goal posts and improve the grass pitch at Tarka Tennis Centre, Barnstaple
  • £3,475 to the Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club CIO for the improvement of their boathouse on Rolle Quay, Barnstaple
  • £40,000 to United Services Bowls Club for improvements to their clubhouse on Mill Road, Barnstaple

North Devon Council leader Councilor David Worden said: “I am delighted that we are able to help fund this public amenities through S106 funding.

“Tarka Leisure Center is an important part of the North Devon community and I am pleased that this funding will be used to purchase a set of portable swing goals which can be chained to anchor points around off the pitch when not in match use.This equipment will not only protect the main goal mouths from deterioration, but will also be invaluable for club training and informal use.

“The Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club, thanks to its funding, will now be able to install flooring in its common meeting room, an accessible toilet and a kitchen on the first floor. This building will then be used by the Club and the community at large. .

“I am also very pleased that the United Services Bowls Clubhouse has benefited from S106. The Bowls Club building was extended and renovated in its first phase with the money the club raised itself. To complete the second and In the third phase of the project, funding will go towards the reconfiguration of the original building, the installation of flooring, the construction of a new accessible entrance and the construction of new storage outbuildings.

“The Chulmleigh Town Hall Committee has also received funding and intends to use it to modify the ceiling of the ground floor lobby to allow for additional activities to be held in the upstairs lobby Currently there is no insulation between floors, making simultaneous use extremely difficult due to noise transfer.The money will be used for the cost of installing sound insulation.

“All of these projects are great and I look forward to seeing them grow and the benefits they will bring to our community.”

Under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, contributions may be required from developers to cover the costs of providing additional community and social infrastructure due to the impact of a new development.

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

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