Developer cash boost will benefit community projects

A �200,000-plus funding pot of developer contribution money will be used to benefit a number of North Devon community projects. North Devon Council wants to use the open space contributions to refurbish existing facilities across the district. Projects th

A �200,000-plus funding pot of developer contribution money will be used to benefit a number of North Devon community projects.North Devon Council wants to use the open space contributions to refurbish existing facilities across the district.Projects that promote healthy and active lifestyles to local residents could be in line for a cut of the �215,000.Members of the community are currently working with councillors to examine a number of suggestions already put forward during an open day held last month.The council's deputy leader, Councillor Des Brailey, said: "Given the economic climate and the difficulty that many of us are facing, it is extremely important that we utilise open space developer money to help North Devon residents. "Open space contributions will be important to ensure not only quality of life in the areas where money is secured, but also create potential employment for local people."Cllr David Butt, lead member for youth and diversity, added: "This is a perfect opportunity to develop much needed facilities and to provide projects that communities have chosen themselves. "The council has already started work to look at priority areas with action plans agreed for Ilfracombe, South Molton, Braunton and other rural areas. "We plan further consultation, over the coming months, for an action plan for Barnstaple."Projects that have previously benefited from developer contributions include the tennis courts at Braunton School and Community College; play equipment at two sites in Ilfracombe; South Molton Football Club; and landscaping of the village green at Stoke Rivers.The council hopes to report back to the local community on the areas identified for improvement by Easter.


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