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 Derrick Ashley (Hitchin South) and Cllr Judi Billing (Hitchin North) have both allocated £500 to Clean Up Hitchin. The money will support a "Reuse, Refill" scheme and campaign to reduce use of disposable coffee cups and single-use plastic bottles in Hitchin.  HITCHIN branded KeepCups will be made available via Hitchin BID and a number of participating coffee shops in the town to enable residents to acquire and start using a reusable hot drink cup.  "We are hugely grateful to Clean up Hitchin for their work in not only cleaning up the town but also reducing waste," said Councillors Ashley and Billing.  "We hope Hitchin can be one of the first towns to see the end of disposable coffee cups."

Cllr Dee Hart (Waltham Cross) has allocated £100 to Christ Church, Waltham Cross to pay for a new hot water urn for community use in the church hall.  "The church hall is of great benefit to a number of different group users in the areas and I am pleased to be able to help the church to buy a new hot water urn for the hall," said Councillor Hart.

Cllr Steve Jarvis (Royston West and Rural) has allocated £500 to Weston Parish Council which will help it continue to provide a weekly bus service for Weston to Baldock.  "The Weston community minibus service, supported by the Parish Council and driven by volunteers, provides a vital service for those villagers who have no other transport since all the village's bus services were withdrawn," he said.

Cllr Asif Khan (North Watford) has allocated £739 to the Lift Off! Project.  The money will help its Garden Club to teach children and families new skills, such as sowing, growing, harvesting and cooking.  

Cllr Tim Williams (Woodside Stanborough) has allocated £1,000 to All Saints Leavesden Parochial Church Council.  The money will help fund a five-year plan to renovate the Parish Centre - proposals include updating the heating system, improving lighting and redecoration.  Cllr Williams said: "All Saints Leavesden Church provides many community activities for our local area.  I'm very pleased to be able to support the church in order to repair their traditional church hall, and keep the hall available for the local community."

Cllr Paul Zukowskyj (Hatfield South) has allocated £1,000 to North Mymms  Parish Council for refurbishment of the kitchen facilities in the Burns Pavilion, Welham Green.  He has allocated a further £1,000 to North Mymms Memorial Hall to provide a public access defibrillator.