As agreed in the Budget for the financial year of 2022/23 we will be continuing with the Community Ward Fund. This year we have allocated £72,000, up from the £54,000 we provided last year, to support our Ward Councillors and Community Partnerships in continuing to improve your local area. This fund has been made available to help with replacing and repairing a number of council and community owned assets across the Bay that due to years of austerity and hard decisions have being made they have not been replaced or fixed.

The Community Ward Fund can be used to:

  • replace or repair council assets, for example bins, benches, street signs, fencing, play equipment
  • refurbish or replace community assets, for example community noticeboards
  • contribute to community projects, for example Friends of Parks groups, Community groups
  • contribute to community events or activities

The fund is allocated on the basis of £2,000 for each Councillor, so a ward with two councillors has received £4,000.

Ward Councillors, Community Partnerships and Community Builders will work together with their local communities and the Park Rangers from SWISCo to gather ideas of projects and proposals that this fund could be used on.

You are encouraged to make contact with your Ward Councillors and Community Partnership by the end of May 2022 to make suggestions for the allocation of the funds.


Beginning of May 2022 – Community Ward Fund Form distributed to Ward Councillors and Community Partnerships.

By Sunday 19 June 2022 – Completed forms with lists of all the projects or grants to be returned

Proposals will then be reviewed by Community Engagement and SWISCo.

By Friday 29 July 2022 all forms with agreed works and costs will be returned to the designated Community representative. Once the form has been returned no changes to the works, or new works or projects can be added.

Any payments to community groups, projects and partnerships will then be made.

SWISCo will then programme in any work for them and will start from September 2022 onwards. 

What the Community Ward fund has already funded

Below is a list by ward of the projects, groups and events that this fund has provided for in the last financial year (2021/22).

Barton with Watcombe
  • Re-installation of grit bin on Southern Close
  • New road sign for Barn Owl Close (picture inset below)
  • New slide and climbing nets for Starpitten Multi Use Ground Area

Churston with Galmpton

  • New bench by the Co-Op at Cherrybrook
  • New bench on the grass area in between Steed Close, Freshwater Drive and Shire Close
  • New bench on Churston Common
  • New bike racks installed outside Churston Library

Clifton with Maidenway

  • Contributed towards replacing the roundabout with a new one in Primley Play Park
  • Replaced the dog bin with a new all purpose bin and repositioned it by the entrance gate to Primley Play Park just off Westleat Avenue
  • New Community Noticeboard also placed near the entrance gate to Primley Play Park just off Westleat Avenue

Cockington with Chelston

  • Replaced missing handles on the climbing wall in Rocket Park
  • Provided funds for new raised beds in Gorsen Road Triangle
  • Replaced the bench by the entrance to the Water Meadow on Old Mill Road
  • Provided funds towards flowers for the water trough in Cockington Lane and the fountain on Walnut Road
  • New bench for Broad Park, next to Preston Primary School

Collaton St. Mary

  • Contributed to two new benches for Collaton St. Mary Pre-School


  • Contributed towards the Community Youth Project
  • Contributed towards revamping Ellacombe Park
  • Contributed towards revamping Brewery Park

Furzeham with Summercombe

  • Contributed towards new play equipment for Rowan Way Play Park

Goodrington with Roselands

  • Contributed funds for planters and trailing plants for Roselands Gardens
  • Contributed funds for a strimmer for the Community Orchard and Village Green
  • Purchased Community Builder notice-board at Goodrington
  • Contributed funds to the Torbay Tri-Club for purchasing sea swimming buoys
  • Contributed towards a new viewing platform on Clennon Lakes

Kings Ash

  • Replaced Perspex in the shelter in Foxhole Play Park
  • Repainted the walls in Foxhole Play Park
  • Paid for the installation of traffic regulations for the lay-by on Kings Ash Road


  • Purchased a new swing and paid for its installation at the Play Park on Preston Green

Roundham with Hyde

  • Replaced railings on Paignton Seafront


  • Purchased and installed two benches with planters for Shiphay and Kitson Parks

St. Marychurch

  • Repairs to one of the shelters on Babbacombe Downs (Picture inset below)
  • Health and safety signs for beaches (Picture inset below)
  • Purchased and installed two educational boards about local birds – one for Babbacombe Downs and one for Maidencombe Green (Picture inset below)
  • Replaced Perspex covers on noticeboards

St. Peters with St. Marys

  • Payment made to the Friends of St. Marys Park to help them continue their work


  • Funds given to Cricketfield Garden Project
  • Funding given for a Community Art Project
  • Replaced the street sign for Bexley Lane
  • Purchased new noticeboard for Brunswick Square
  • Refreshed the noticeboard on Teignmouth Road/Stantaway Hill


  • Reinstated bin in car park on Daddyhole Plain
  • Moved litter bin from outside The Kents pub into the Village Green
  • Refurbished community noticeboard on Village Green
  • Installing a post to stop fly tipping at the beginning of the lane on Upper Warberry Road by the SWW reservoirs
  • Reinstating coping stones on wall at Wellswood Green (Picture inset below)
  • Repaired bench on Higher Lincombe/Haldon Road
  • Repainted bench at junction of Higher Woodfield/Middle Lincombe Road
  • Repainted bench at junction of Higher Erith/Acacia Road
  • Repainted bench in St. John’s Wood