Executive approves funding for Barnstaple projects


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North Devon Council to fund £200k for Queen’s Theatre and £10k for refurbishment of tennis courts.

TWO projects in Barnstaple have received a funding boost from North Devon Council following a meeting of the executive committee today (Tues).

The Queen’s Theatre has been granted £200,000 for several new projects including a new ‘flying system’ to change scenery on stage.

Alan Giddings, North Devon Theatres’ chief executive said: “All the new technical developments will help to create a theatre that will best serve the needs of North Devon performing arts societies and will be able to handle bigger shows more easily and safely.”

The executive committee also agreed to fund a £10,000 refurbishment of three outdoor tennis courts at Barnstaple’s Tarka Tennis centre.

The project will include removing the current astro covering and cleaning and painting the surface, and is estimated to be completed in less than two weeks.

Lucy Tomlinson, project and procurement officer at the council, said: “The macadam covering is the most popular outdoor covering at the centre, so this will mean more local people can make use of the excellent facilities.”

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The centre, which opened in 2003, will have a total of four outdoor macadam courts available for use.

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