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Funding improves village hall, outdoor space and cricket club grounds

01 February 2023

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Thousands of pounds' worth of funding has made a meaningful difference to the village hall, play area and cricket club in West Alvington.

In 2022, West Alvington Parish Council received a total of £52,869 of funding from South Hams District Council.

£26,191 was given for improvements to the village hall, which will help to replace doors and windows, and provide external cladding, soffit boards and roof covering. The work will ensure the long-term sustainability of the hall, and allow it to continue to be used for sports and recreation including dance, Pilates and boot camp classes, as well as other community uses.

£17,416 was given for additional play equipment and adult fitness equipment at Townsend Lane play area and playing field. A further £9,262 was given for further enhancements to the play area and field.

Kingsbridge Cricket Club (which is based in West Alvington) also received £17,337 to help purchase grounds maintenance equipment. This equipment will keep the club's pitch in tip-top condition for youth, men's and women's training and matches.

The funding came from Section 106 money relating to the Home Field planning application, paid to the Council by LiveWest. 

South Hams District Council's Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Jonathan Hawkins, said: "This Section 106 funding for West Alvington is going to make a real difference to the community. It protects the long term viability of an important community resource in the village hall, refreshes the outdoor play equipment and will help preserve the cricket club's pitches.

"It's always really encouraging to see S106 money being spent to benefit so many people, as that is its exact purpose. The West Alvington community should see a profound benefit from all of this work being carried out."

Leon Harris, Senior Development Manager for LiveWest, said: "We were delighted to deliver quality, much-needed rural affordable homes in West Alvington that helped meet local need.

"We are committed to building vibrant communities and it is fantastic to see our financial contribution has been used towards the improvement of local community facilities which will further positively impact the lives of our residents in the local community."

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