Pitch project could become reality

Council being asked to approve funding at meeting this week.

AN eight-year project to build a ‘state-of-the-art’ all-weather sports pitch in Ilfracombe could finally be given the go-ahead this week.

North Devon Council’s executive committee was set to meet tomorrow (Tuesday) to consider allocating �20,000 Section 106 developer funds towards the �300,000 scheme at Ilfracombe Arts College.

Members are being recommended to approve the money subject to a funding agreement with the college that would enable community use of the facility.

Funding has been agreed in principle from the Football Foundation (�175,000); Ilfracombe Arts College (�20,000); Devon County Council (�19,000); Ilfracombe Town Council (�5,000); Ilfracombe Town Football Club (�4,000); and Fullabrook CIC (�50,000).

A further �11,000 would be made available from the town council’s allocation of county and district council funding.

The 70 by 40 metre ‘3G’ pitch would be managed by the college. Previous attempts to provide a full-size artificial grass pitch failed due to the withdrawal of the Building Schools for Future funding.

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Ilfracombe has the most deprived ward in Devon with the worst health outcomes of anywhere in the county, but is currently the only town in North Devon without an artificial grass pitch.

Around 300 people have signed a Facebook page to support the project and 12 local men’s, women’s and youth teams, as well as primary school teams, have said they would use the new facility.

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