How would you spend £17k on sport in Ottery?


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Residents of the Ottery parish have the chance to vote how £17,300 in community cash is spent on improving sports facilities in the area.

Five options have been shortlisted, and the projects that receive the most votes will be the ones to get the go-ahead.

The money – known as section 106 funds - has been collected from developers building new homes in the parish.

The same process in 2010 provided the town’s skate park with funding as well paying for the outdoor gym at the Land of Canaan.

Residents of any age are welcome to cast their vote on Friday, November 7.

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Councillors will be at the Mill Street market between 10am and noon, and in Sainsbury’s foyer from 3pm to 6.30pm to collect votes and answer any questions.

The five shortlisted options are:

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A: A petanque playing area at Strawberry Lane so that Ottery Petanque Club can move there.

Their current ground at Salston Manor has no water, electricity or toilets and they cannot host competitions there. Project cost: £8,000;

B: A sports activity wall at Winters Lane playing field to give young people more to do, this would include a football goal and basketball/netball hoop. Project cost: £15,000;

C: Improving the batting conditions and safety of cricket players at Ottery Cricket Club by installing sight-screens so they can see the ball more easily.

Project cost: £1,500;

D: Two sets of small football goals to be used by the youngest players at Ottery St Mary Youth Football Club. They currently use cones as goals or have to use goals that are too big for them. Project cost: £3,000;

E: An automatic watering system to water the bowling green at Ottery Bowling Club.

At the moment they have to water the green manually.

Applying for: £2,500 (they already have the other £2,785 needed).

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