Easton Playing Field set to get new equipment thanks to St Cuthbert (Out) Parish Council
The children of Easton could soon be have new play equipment if plans to spend cash from developers go ahead.
The plan to spend £28,000 improving Easton Playing Field was initially discussed at the last meeting of St Cuthbert (Out) Parish Council.
At this meeting Councillor Roy Yates outlined the case for spending the money.
He said: “Some years ago the parish council purchased some land for a playing field. All we have is a couple of football nets and a picnic table.
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“We consulted the children of the village and have a list of equipment that they would like.”
Mr Yates then presented a budget summery to the council.
A portion of the money needed was stated as coming from Section 106 money.
Often required as part of planning permission, Section 106 money is paid by developers to provide the infrastructure needed due to new houses. However, in this case it would only cover part of the cost to the council.
This led several councillors to state that they wished to see a more detailed financial breakdown before giving the plans the green light.
A meeting of the finance committee a few days later looked further into the money available and was able to give the council a pleasant surprise.
Councillor James Drummond, chairman of the committee, said: “We have got £30,600 of 106 money from two agreements. One comes from the sale of legal access to Easton Green and one from the former Easton Inn site. Every penny has to be spent on children’s play equipment - that is part of the 106 agreements.”
Mr Drummond said that the finance committee would therefore recommend the £28,042 budget for the playing field at the next full council meeting.