Councillors secure funding for great local causes

Published: 21 Feb 2020

Hertfordshire County Council’s locality budget scheme has funded thousands of worthwhile projects since it was launched in 2009, making a positive difference to many Hertfordshire communities.

County councillors work closely with local communities to identify local issues and have £10,000 each year each to spend on projects in their area. They welcome applications from across the local community.

The following grants have been made in the Welwyn and Hatfield areas in recent months:

Paul Zukowskyj (Hatfield South) awarded a grant of £2000 to North Mymms Youth and Community Centre for upgrading of the toilet facilities, plumbing and roof of the community centre used by parents, staff and members of the community. “The Youth Centre is a fantastic community facility that was starting to show age and really needs funding – I am happy to support the facility in this way.”

Paul Zukowskyj (Hatfield South) also awarded a grant of £2000 to Hatfield Town Council to upgrade Ellenbrook play area and recreation ground. Cllr Zukowskyj said: “The facilities at Ellenbrook have now been completed and it is really fantastic for children and adults to enjoy this outdoor space. This is a fantastic redevelopment and I hope the community are pleased with my contribution to unlock the facility’s full potential.”

Councillor John Hale (Colney Heath and Marshalswick) awarded a grant of £405 to Sustainable St Albans whose aim is to find positive and creative ways to live more sustainably as a community, raise awareness locally and address the challenges of climate change. The grant is to expand the ‘playing out’ initiative encouraging outdoor play for children. Cllr Hale said: “The ‘playing out’ initiative is a great way to encourage communities to come together. I hope by awarding this grant that we can encourage more roads to organise playing out sessions.”

Councillor Margaret Eames-Petersen (Hatfield North) awarded a grant of £500 to St John's Church, Lemsford to replace the winding mechanism for Lemsford Church clock. Cllr Eames-Petersen said: "I am very pleased to be able to support both St John's Church and the people of Lemsford in contributing to the cost of getting the mechanism for the clock mended."

For further information on any of these stories please contact the county councillors directly via the Hertfordshire County Council website.