Over £500,000 Funds To Be Released For Community Use By South Hams District Council
By Sofy Robertson
Over £500,000 of Section 106 funds received by South Hams District Council have been approved to spend on community projects including open space, play and sports projects in the District.
A section 106 (s106) agreement is a legal agreement between local authorities and developers and pertains to new facilities or the improvement of existing facilities in the area where the development is taking place.
In total, £503,496 will be released over the coming months for community projects in areas where developments are taking place.
Brixton parish are due to receive £96,127 with Ermington receiving £38,900. Stokenham will gain a local boost of £35,089 and a further £276,330 will go to Ivybridge while Modbury will receive £57,050. Ivybridge and Modbury will receive further funds as developments progress further.
These projects will progress over Spring, with some projects being delivered in-house by Council officers. In other cases, funds will be passed to the Town or Parish Council or local community group for delivery of their project, in line with the terms and conditions of the s106 agreement.
Cllr Hilary Bastone, Portfolio Holder for Customer First commented:
“It’s great news to all those communities who will be receiving much-needed funds. The amounts received through s106 agreements go a long way to supporting communities to come together, through the creation and improvement of play and leisure facilities. These facilities encourage residents to be out and about enjoying the fresh air, and I look forward to watching these schemes come to completion.” (South Hams District Council)
Improvements to Courtenay Park in Salcombe is just one of the projects that will be progressed from previously agreed contributions. In addition, a footpath in Totnes linking the Follaton Oak development and the Council’s Arboretum is currently being constructed. More footpath improvement works have been taking place on the section of the Dart Valley Trail which runs through Premier Marina’s land at Noss on Dart.
Cricketers in South Brent will be pleased with the improvements to club facilities which are due to take place thanks to the s106 funds match-funded by an English Cricket Board’s grant.
Looking ahead, there is a potential for £3.5m of funding secured through signed s106 agreements and allocated to future open space, play and sports projects. However, these funds will only be received by the Council if and when developments progress.