Millions of pounds of investment into infrastructure in Mid Devon was announced at the end of last week.
Mid Devon District Council applied to the Government in September 2017 to receive money as part of its Housing Infrastructure Fund. The fund was set up to allow investment in physical infrastructure projects such as roads and bridges, the absence of which is holding back housebuilding.
On Thursday 1 February the Council learned it was successful with its bids for both Tiverton and Cullompton, unlocking the growth potential for both towns.
Cullompton will receive £10 million to undertake short-term improvements to Junction 28 of the M5 motorway, in advance of a proposed longer-term junction upgrade. The funding will deliver improvement works to increase capacity at the junction by creating an additional lane on the approach to the junction from Cullompton, to provide two lanes in each direction on the motorway bridge, the construction of new footbridges and full signalisation of the motorway junction.
The second pot of money will see £8.2 million of funding to implement the second phase of the new A361 junction to serve the Tiverton Eastern Urban Extension. Contractors for Devon County Council are currently on site implementing the southern side slip roads as part of phase one. Phase two of the junction will complete the full junction through the provision of an overbridge and north side slip roads, giving a full-movement, grade-separated junction.
Councillor Richard Chesterton, Cabinet Member for Planning, Economy and Regeneration, said, “This is fantastic news for Mid Devon and demonstrates the Government’s support for Mid Devon in providing infrastructure ahead of growth.”
Commenting on the success, Council Leader Clive Eginton said, “This shows not only the quality of our own bids, but, with success being repeated across the Greater Exeter area, also demonstrates the value in working at scale to show combined impact and grab the attention of Government.”
You can view the release and diagrams here.
Since December last year, Mid Devon District Council has invested £45,000 in the swimming pool changing facilities at Exe Valley Leisure Centre in Tiverton and Lords Meadow Leisure Centre in Crediton. Investment includes new flooring, application of vinyl to all lockers, changing cubicles and toilets to give a bright and fresh feel to the area, and upgrades to the vanity area. Also, new lock mechanisms have been installed to the lockers in readiness for the release of the new £1 coin in March.
As of 19 January, Exe Valley Leisure Centre has introduced a ‘No Shoes’ policy in the swimming pool changing rooms and the same change is expected at Lords Meadow Leisure Centre in February. When visiting the swimming facilities at the leisure centres, customers, staff and contractors will be required to remove all outdoor footwear or use the blue overshoes provided. Alternatively, customers will be able to purchase flip flops from reception.
Mid Devon District Council is committed to investing in its facilities for the benefit of all visitors. With an average of 22,000 visitors a month to their swimming pools, outdoor footwear brings a large amount of dirt and contamination into the changing areas and toilets. As customer feedback rates housekeeping standards as one of the most important factors when visiting the facilities, the introduction of the new policy will improve the customer experience; excelling in the day to day standards and enhancing the overall experience.
Councillor Colin Slade, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, said, “This is a positive and exciting move forward for the leisure centres and a welcome improvement to the customer experience when using the swimming pool facilities. I hope our customers will agree with and embrace our new policy.”
With the flexible timetable of early morning, late night and weekend swimming, Mid Devon Leisure is ready to welcome everyone to their pools, regardless of swimming ability or age. For further details please visit their website www.middevonleisure.com, like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter.