FURTHER CONSULTATION ON PROPOSAL TO CLOSE PANNIER MARKET AT NIGHT

North Devon Council is carrying out further consultation on proposals to close Barnstaple Pannier Market at night.

The council, which owns the market, intends to exercise a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), which would restrict people from gathering in the market by closing public access in the evenings and overnight.

A public consultation was carried out late last year to find out what local businesses, residents and stakeholders thought of the proposal. Following this exercise, the PSPO has been amended to reflect public concerns regarding anti-social behaviour in the market at night.

As significant changes have been made to the original PSPO, a further consultation will now be carried out.

Executive Member for Community Safety, Councilor Pat Barker, said: “We had a good response to our first consultation and following some changes, we are now carrying out a further consultation on the proposed Order. Because there is a public right of way through the market, we aren’t able to close it at night without applying the PSPO. Due to the amount of anti-social behaviour going on in the market at night, including vandalism, drinking and even arson, we are very keen to protect the building and the public by closing it at night.”

The consultation on the amended PSPO begins on Thursday 2 February and runs until Thursday 27 April 2017. Have your say online at www.northdevon.gov.uk/consultations or write to Pannier Market PSPO Consultation, North Devon Council, PO Box 379, Barnstaple, EX32 2GR.

 

COUNCILLOR COMMUNITY GRANT AWARDED TO BARUM BOXING CLUB

A boxing club based in Barnstaple has recently been awarded two grants to help provide essential start up equipment.

Barum Boxing Club received £550 as a Community Councillor Grant from North Devon Council.  Councillors Frank Biederman, Adam Bradford, Des Brailey, Joy Cann, David Luggar, John Mathews, Joe Tucker and David Worden each contributed from their Community Grant funds. This helped to pay for a new punch bag, suspension springs and head guards.

In addition, the club was awarded £5,000 from the Town and Parish (TAP) Fund. The council worked with Devon County Council to provide this funding which helps to ‘kick-start’ local projects.

Executive Member responsible for leisure and culture at North Devon Council, Councillor Dick Jones, says: “The council is proud that every year our community councillor grants and the TAP fund both help to support local clubs and organisations that benefit the people and environment of the North Devon Council area.  They help to continue the valuable community work that is already being done and also to ‘kick start’ other projects such as this one.  We were happy to have the opportunity to help Barum Boxing Club get the equipment they needed and wish them every success in their future. I would also like to thank the councillors who have contributed from their community grants.”

Devon County Council Leader, Councillor John Hart, says: “This is great news for the boxing club and for people in the local community.  We’re continuing to make funds available to communities to use how they see best. This money is available to parish and town councils to spend in ways that will benefit their communities. I firmly believe decisions should be made as locally as possible to encourage local accountability and I have always advocated more partnership with our district, town and parish colleagues. If we believe in the ‘resilience’ of our smaller communities, then this is one way of pump-priming activity.”

Gavin Lane, Chairperson of Barum Boxing Club and Sports Centre, says: “The support from North Devon Council and Devon County Council has been essential for our new club. As a partnership of Barnstaple Kick Boxing, Barnstaple Combat Sport MMA and Barum Boxing Club, we have been able to buy some initial equipment and stabilise our finances for our first year. This help has given us the chance to look to the future and focus on high quality training and coaching for our rapidly growing membership. Our venue is also available for use by other clubs and activities.”

Through the Community Councillor Grant Scheme, each North Devon councillor has £1,000 to support projects and services run by community or voluntary groups and not for profit organisations each year. Youth clubs, toddler groups, sports clubs, museums, village halls and environmental groups have all benefited from grants in the past for running costs, start-up costs, costs towards a new facility or refurbishing an existing one, towards an event or equipment for a new project or service.

Grants from the TAP fund can be used to help with start up and running costs for projects and services at a community level.

For further information regarding Barum Boxing Club, please contact Gavin Lane on 07901 654999 or Rick Huxtable on  07855824317.  Alternatively you can visit their Facebook page.

For further details about community grants and support available
from the council or to make an application visit  www.northdevon.gov.uk/grants. The office council can also be contacted on 01271 388327.

Photo shows from left to right in the middle row:
Cllr Adam Bradford, Cllr David Luggar, Cllr Joy Cann, Gavin Lane (club Chairman), Rick Huxtable (club treasurer), Michelle Forrest (club secretary), Des Brailey (NDC Council Leader) Brian Mulholland (boxing official) and Phil Waites (club committee member) along with members of the club in the back and front rows.