Councillors fund local good causes

Published: 23 Nov 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 recent weeks:

Cllr Fiona Guest (Hemel Hempstead North West) has allocated £2,000 to Dacorum Borough Council towards the cost of Christmas lights and decorations. Cllr Guest said: “The Christmas lights and switch-on events bring Christmas cheer to Gadebridge, Chaulden and Warners End and strengthen the community spirit, so I am keen to support them by helping to fund the lights from my county councillor’s locality budget.”

Cllr Terry Hone (Letchworth South) has allocated £1,257.84 to Willian Village Hall Management Committee for the purchase and erection of a sign to be placed on Willian Village Green to confirm to visitors its status as a village green. Cllr Hone said: “Working with the Willian community, Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation and Hertfordshire County Council, we will be able to demonstrate that this village green belongs to the community and is there for them and visitors to enjoy.”

Cllr Andrew Stevenson (Hertford All Saints) has allocated £5,000 to Hertford Arts Hub towards the cost of an Alan Davie festival to raise awareness of the future of Hertford Arts Hub. Cllr Stevenson said: “I am supporting this initiative together with Hertford Town Council, East Herts District Council and Hertford Theatre to help develop the Cultural Quarter for Hertford. Alan Davie is a nationally significant artist who lived and worked in Hertford for 50 years and Hertford Arts Hub aims to develop a Tate quality public art gallery in Hertford on the site of the Old Brewery to house a collection of his work for public display. A festival will launch these activities and also apply to the Arts Council for funding.”

Cllr Chris White (St Albans Central) has allocated £500 to St Albans City & District Council towards the cost of the St Albans Retailer of the Year's Gala night.

Cllr Tim Williams (Woodside Stanborough) has allocated £2,140 to pay for the planting of ten highway trees in Woodside and Stanborough Wards, Watford, to enhance the street scene. Cllr Williams said: “It’s great that I’ve been able to allocate some of my Hertfordshire County Council Locality Budget with providing a good number of street trees in both Woodside and Stanborough. Like many residents I firmly believe that they enhance the character of a residential area, last for many years and the trees selected are ideal for their locations.”

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