Councillors fund local good causes

Published: 24 Jan 2018

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 recent weeks:

Cllr John Hale (Colney Heath and Marshalswick) has allocated £1,000 to Citizens Advice St Albans District to help it recruit and train eight additional volunteer advisers.  "Citizens Advice does important work to help vulnerable members of the community," he said.  "By supporting them with this grant more vulnerable individuals will be given support in accessing vital services."

Cllr John Hale (Colney Heath and Marshalswick) has allocated £600 to Colney Heath Primary School to provide cycling proficiency skills to its children.  He said: "Cycling is a great form of exercise for all ages and an environmentally friendly means of transport.  Keeping our children safe by training them how to cycle proficiently will hopefully encourage them to cycle not only to school but as adults for leisure or commuting." 

Cllr Anthony Rowlands (St Albans East) has allocated £500 to Transition St Albans.  The money will support Sustainable St Albans Week 2018 - uniting the district around the importance of environmental sustainability.  "I am delighted to support this week," said Councillor Rowlands.  "The programme of activities are a vital way of raising awareness of what we all must do to live in an environmentally sustainable way."

Cllr Anthony Rowlands (St Albans East) has allocated £750 to Herts Musical Memories, a charity which provides singing sessions throughout the county for people with dementia and their carers.  "Herts Musical Memories is a fantastic new charity which is carrying on the excellent service previously provided by Singing for the Brain.  I am delighted to support this valuable initiative," said Councillor Rowlands. 

Cllr Chris White (St Albans Central) has allocated £1,000 to the Friends of Victoria Playing Field, to help repair and return to use a tree house in the new children's play area.  This will include replacement of one main support leg, four new grass mats and the repair of fire damage to the deck area and surrounding banisters.   "I was dismayed to hear about the fire damage due to vandals," said Cllr White.  "I am delighted to be able to allocate funds to repair the damage.''

Cllr David Williams (Harpenden North East) has allocated £4,500 to Batford Springs Volunteers so they can update their tools and equipment stock.  He said: "I am delighted that the Town Council has been able to provide a new home for the volunteers.  This grant will support the important work that they do across one of the town's great assets."