East Devon District Council is inviting all the residents of Ottery St Mary Town Council’s Parish, voluntary and community groups and other organisations to send their ideas to Ottery St Mary Town Council on how £17,300 can be spent on sport in the area.

The parish of Ottery St Mary is anywhere covered by Ottery St Mary Town Council, so includes Alfington, Tipton St John, Wiggaton and West Hill.

All the funds available have been accumulated by East Devon District Council from recent housing developments in the parish of Ottery St Mary (Section 106 money). They have a nationally acclaimed policy of involving the residents on how this money is spent.

Ottery St Mary Town Council is urging individuals as well as voluntary and community groups and other organisations, especially sports and recreation groups, to submit proposals for projects they would like to undertake. The ideas can include all sorts of outdoor sports proposals from an outdoor gym or basketball court to a cricket or football pitch.

Proposals must be for:

• New outdoor sports facilities or to improve existing outdoor sports facilities.

• Permanently sited sports facilities and equipment. For example football goals, courts or training areas, so not for movable equipment like cricket bats, kayaks or tennis rackets.

• Sports facilities or equipment that is open and accessible to the community. A small fee may be charged but it must be affordable.

Funding cannot be spent on buildings, indoor facilities, professional sports grounds or golf courses.

If you are not sure if your project would be eligible you can find out by contacting East Devon District Council’s Section 106 Officer on (01395) 571549.

Your proposal could just be an idea – it does not need to be a worked up project. All proposals must be submitted to Ottery St Mary Town Council by Monday 7 July at the latest. Please send your name, the name of your group (if you have one), your contact details, information on what your proposal is and an estimate of how much funding you want to apply for if you have one. This could be as little as a paragraph. We can then contact you for further information if we need to.

Councillor Iain Chubb,  EDDC’s Cabinet Member for Environment said: “We are keen to see ideas coming forward from within the community as to how to use £17,300 available for sport-related projects. This is available from S106 money from development. In these days of austerity it is a pleasure to be able to say that there is some money available for investment in Ottery St Mary’s community and this is an opportunity to ask people how they think it should be used.”

Cllr Dobson, Mayor of Ottery St Mary said: “Monies are available from S106 to spend on Sport in the Parish.  This is a wonderful opportunity for local sports clubs to benefit from this fund.  I am very keen to support this project and would encourage you to contact the Town Council with your ideas.”

Please send the information to Ottery St Mary Town Council by e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or you can post it or hand it in to Ottery St Mary Town Council, The Old Convent, 8 Broad Street, Ottery St Mary EX11 1BZ. Once the Town Council has received the proposals, residents will be given a chance to look at all the ideas and vote on them. The ones that gain the most votes are where the money will be spent.