View of a street in Barnstaple, North Devon

North Devon to benefit from council funding boost

North Devon Council are to boost funding to the area, as they look to improve community amenities.

The council’s Strategy and Resources Committee met on Monday 4th July and agreed to use the money to improve various community facilities in the areas of Barnstaple and Chulmleigh.

In Barnstaple, £14,203 worth of funding will be allocated towards improvements at Tarka Tennis Centre, including the purchase of new goalposts and upgrades to the grass pitch. Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club will be allocated £3,475 to help towards the enhancement of their boathouse on Rolle Quay, however the largest amount will be allocated to the United Services Bowls Club, as they look to enhance their clubhouse.

Chulmleigh’s allocation will go towards improvements to their town hall, with £6,000 worth of funding being given.

Councillor David Worden, Leader of North Devon Council, said:

“I am thrilled that we are able to help provide funding for these public amenities through S106 funding.

The Tarka Leisure Centre is an important part of the North Devon community, and I am pleased that this funding will be used towards the purchase of a set of portable Swivel goals that can be chained to anchor points around the pitch when not in use for match-play. This equipment will not only protect the main goal mouths from deteriorating, but it will also be valuable for club training and informal use.

“The Barnstaple Pilot Gig Club, with their funding will now be able to install flowing in their communal meeting room, accessible toilet, and kitchen on the first floor. This building will then be used by the club and the wider community.

“I am also really pleased that the United Services Bowls Clubhouse has benefitted from S106. The Bowls Club building was extended and refurbished in its first phase from money the club raised themselves. To complete the second and third phase of the project the funding will be put towards reconfiguring the original building, installing flooring, building a new accessible entrance, and building new storage outbuildings.

“The Chulmleigh Town Hall Committee also received funding and intend to use it towards modifying the ceiling on the ground floor hall to enable additional activities to take place in the upper floor hall. Currently, there is no insulation between the floors, which makes simultaneous use extremely difficult as a result of noise transfer. The money will be used towards the cost of installing acoustic insulation.

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

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