£7,000 up for grabs for sports provision

£7,000 up for grabs for sports provision

£7,000 up for grabs for sports provision

First published in Devon

BISHOPS Clyst parish residents are being asked to decide how to spend £7,000 available for sports in the area. The Bishops Clyst area covers the parishes of Clyst St Mary and Sowton.

Bishops Clyst Parish Council and East Devon District Council are taking their voting stall to the Clyst St Mary Primary School Summer Fete to be held at the Primary School on Sunday June 29between 12.30pm and 3.30pm.

Go along and cast your vote. The money has come from recent housing developments (Section 106 money) in the parish.

It is now up to residents to decide how the money is used.

An appeal for ideas in March this year produced a range of suggestions from Bishops Clyst residents, organisations, voluntary and community groups. The parish council has worked with EDDC to figure out which of the six initial proposals were eligible, affordable and can actually happen.

The remaining two ideas residents will get to choose between are:

• an outdoor gym near Clyst St Mary Village Hall

• a perimeter safety barrier and improved drainage at Clyst Valley Amateur Football Club The proposal that gets the most votes will happen.

Residents of any age can vote - EDDC will be making sure that the final vote is representative of the actual population of the whole parish and all age groups. This may mean further voting events need to take place to allow more residents of certain ages or locations to vote.

Bishops Clyst Parish Clerk, Juliet White, said: “We enjoy involving the public as much as we can, and here is another opportunity for your voice to be heard. Come along and cast your vote at the School Summer Fete!”

Councillor Iain Chubb, EDDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “We are committed to making sure that local people have their say about where money from developments in their parish gets spent, and are one of the few local authorities that do so.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for the people of Bishops Clyst to really make a difference by deciding which new sports facilities they get. I encourage them all to go and vote.”

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