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Money to play with

Suffolk Coastal District Council and Martlesham Parish Council are looking for ideas and suggestions on how £115,000 should be spent in the Martlesham community.

The funding comes from Suffolk Coastal’s Outdoor Place Fund which is generated from contributions from all new homes built in the district and can be spent on improving existing sport and play facilities or providing new ones – this one being the Bloor Homes development in Martlesham.

Recent examples in the district include the development of multi-purpose sports areas, basketball courts, skate parks, tennis courts, parkour areas or outdoor gyms. The funding cannot be used for indoor facilities or for activities such as golf.

In this first phase of the consultation, we would like to hear suggestions from the community. Once these have been collected, we will then ask some companies to develop plans and put these to focus groups and ask the community what their preferred option is.

Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Cabinet Member for Customers, Communities and Leisure, said: “We’ve seen some brilliant play areas developed in the district as a result of this scheme. This is a great opportunity for the community of Martlesham to get their thinking caps on and come up with a play area that they believe will benefit themselves most.”

Cllr W J Welch, Chairman of Martlesham’s Recreation and Amenities Committee, said: “What is provided will be directly influenced by what the residents of Martlesham tell us they want. This is an excellent chance to make sure we get what the parish needs.”

Please send us your ideas on how this funding can be spent and if you would like to be involved in any future meetings regarding this development to Susan Robertson, Clerk of Martlesham Parish Council: clerk@martleshamcouncil.org.uk by Friday 26 February 2016.

For more information about the Outdoor Playing Space Fund, visit: www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk/yourcouncil/communitygrants/outdoorplay

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