Posted: Friday 14th July 2017
Hertfordshire County Council’s locality budget scheme has funded thousands of community projects since it was launched in 2009, supporting local good causes and making a real difference to people across Hertfordshire.
County councillors work closely with local communities to identify local issues and have £10,000 a year each to spend on worthwhile projects in their area. They welcome applications from across the local community.
The following grants have been made in the last month:
Cllr Eric Buckmaster (Sawbridgeworth) has allocated £400 to Young Enterprise for the Global Life programme. Cllr Buckmaster said: “It is important to equip children with the tools and skills to negotiate the complex world in which we now live. It is never too soon to start so I am pleased to support this programme in a local school.”
Cllr Eric Buckmaster (Sawbridgeworth) has also allocated £350 to St James Church in High Wych for the removal of a dangerous tree. Cllr Buckmaster said: “The church grounds are open to the public, especially families with young children on their way to or returning from school. Their safety is paramount so it is important to ensure any potential dangers are removed.”
Cllr Dr Barbara Gibson (Haldens) has allocated £250 to Welwyn Garden City Music Society for a children’s concert. Cllr Gibson said: “Especially at a time when many schools are facing budget cuts that are impacting music and art, it is so important that children have opportunities to be exposed to and interact with music. I am pleased to be able to support this community event.”
Cllr Dee Hart (Waltham Cross) has allocated £500 to The Italia Club 2000 to fund the rent of their meeting hall. Cllr Hart said: “I am happy to be able to help support The Italia Club 2000, which meets every Tuesday afternoon in St. Joseph’s Church hall, Waltham Cross. This is a lovely club for retired people to meet friends take part in activities like bingo, dancing and outings.”
Cllr Tim Hutchings (Hoddesdon North) has allocated £1,000 to Forres Primary School for the purchase of reading books for pupils. Cllr Hutchings said: “Forres Primary School and its staff are working extremely hard to raise the standard of reading amongst its pupils. An interest in books opens a range of opportunities for these young people and I am delighted to be able to give any help I can.”
Cllr Jeff Jones (Buntingford) has allocated £350 to Cottered Voices for the summer village garden party. Cllr Jones said: “I am very happy to support this community event which will bring great benefit to the varied aged singers, players and the village.”
Cllr Jonathan Kaye (Ware South) has allocated £1,000 to Hertford Heath Parish Council for the creation of an accessible community garden. Cllr Kaye said: “This is an excellent project that will enhance Hertford Heath and will create a pleasant space for residents of the village and nearby visitors.”
Cllr Michael Muir (Baldock & Letchworth East) has allocated £3,000 to Baldock Arts and Heritage to replace a historic window in Old Baldock Town Hall.
Cllr Michael Hearn (Shephall) has allocated £400 to Stevenage District Scouts for the creation of a mural.
Cllr Iain Reay (Berkamsted) has allocated £1,480 to Berkofest to fund a mobile main stage.
Cllr Paul Zukowskyj (Hatfield South) has allocated £450 to De Havilland Primary School to make the subway outside of school usable.
For further information on how county councillors allocate locality budgets, visit http://bit.ly/councillorlocalitybudgets