£122k of funding from housing developments benefits Dartington projects

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£122k of funding from housing developments benefit Dartington projects

Dartington projects are set to benefit from £122k in South Hams District Council Section 106 agreement funding from development contracts from Yarners Mill and Origins housing developments.

The projects benefitting through the Dartington Recreation Association (DRA) include the Meadowbrook Community Centre, multi-use games area (MUGA) and woodland adventure bike track. Dartington Sports Club and Totnes Sub Aqua Club are also set to benefit from the contribution, with future funding for the popular outdoor swimming pool also agreed subject to match funding being secured.

A Section 106 agreement (s106) is an agreement between a developer and the local planning authority, which secures measures that the developer must take to reduce their impact on the community. In this case, it applies to financial contributions to provide infrastructure for the community.

Up to £75,000 has been agreed in principle towards the popular outdoor swimming pool for refurbishment and new heating. Although still at the early stages, proposals suggest this project will include renewable heating for the pool, as well as disabled access to further increase community and school use. DRA and the Swimming Pool Committee are now finalising the proposals and working on obtaining match funding to enable to project to go ahead.

The second phase of the play area at Meadowbrook completed in December 2020, which the District Council previously part-funded with £76k of s106 funds. The play area, coupled with the New Lion Brewery, and together with Pizzalogica, are all operating from the community centre making it a great place to go for family fun, drinks and food in Dartington.

A further £18,600 will benefit the Dartington Sports Club, which includes the popular Dartington and Totnes football and cricket clubs. Their funding will contribute towards pitch grounds maintenance equipment and much-anticipated modernisation of their changing rooms and the addition of extra female changing facilities. The Club will be match funding along with external funding.

If you’re an adrenalin fan then this exciting woodland adventure bike track is right up your path! The bike trail has been awarded £11,387 as part funding, for a two-loop cycle track, suitable for all ages and abilities. Navigating through existing woodland, the outer loop will be ideal for beginners or those on three or four wheel adaptive bikes. With the inner loop perfect for those more confident riders looking for a challenge and wanting to learn new skills. Local schoolchildren from Bidwell Brook have helped to shape the track design, which will cater for disabled riders, and the bike track committee are also keen to address the imbalance of female riders in the sport through recruitment from the local primary school and dedicated events for female riders.

If you’re either a football or basketball fan, you’ll be pleased to hear that provision of a multi goal to improve the options for play for all ages on the old tennis courts has been funded to the value of £9,631. There’s nothing to stop you from soon pulling on your trainers and heading over to the courts with a ball for a bit of fun with family and friends.

Not to be left out, £6,587 is heading towards Meadowbrook Community Centre to help support sport and recreation activities. Money will be used for essential building repairs to doors, windows and for the installation of disabled toilet access.

The Totnes Sub Aqua Club, also located at Meadowbrook, will use their allocation of £1,000 to buy a Resusci Anne Manikin. The manikin will be used for essential lifesaving first aid skills training, and will be shared with the outdoor swimming pool committee.

South Hams District Council’s Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Jonathan Hawkins, said: “All of these wonderful community groups will benefit from essential funding which they have either received, or are about to receive, and it’s truly fantastic that so many of the community will be able to reap these rewards.

“The Meadowbrook facilities which are managed by Dartington Recreation Association are fantastic and a real credit to the representatives who work so hard and I think this would be something which other recreation groups within the South Hams could certainly aspire to replicate.”

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