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 East Herts and Broxbourne areas in recent months:

Councillor Jeff Jones (Buntingford) has awarded £150 to Buckland and Chipping Parish Council for a fireworks, bonfire and barbecue evening for local residents. Cllr Jones said: “I am pleased to be able to contribute funding towards a community bonfire and firework night for Buckland & Chipping residents. The event will now be free of charge to attend making this event available to the whole community.”

Councillor Jeff Jones (Buntingford) also awarded £250 to Aspenden Village Green to plant wild-flower bulbs on the boundary of Aspenden Village. Cllr Jones said: “I was happy to fund bulb planting in Aspenden to brighten up the village. This will benefit the community by making it a nicer place to enjoy and encourage wild flowers to grow increasing biodiversity.”

Councillor Tim Hutchings (Hoddesdon North) awarded a grant of £820 to Hertfordshire Mind Network to support the Hertswise service which helps people living with dementia (with or without a diagnosis), low level memory loss or mild cognitive impairment and carer support. Cllr Hutchings said: “Dementia is a growing problem and Hertswise and Hertfordshire Mind Network are doing some wonderful work to help sufferers and their carers. I am delighted to be able to help, albeit in a small way, by helping to find a little financial support and in publicising their work. I look forward to working further with them to help them to enhance the tremendous work they are already doing for people in Hoddesdon.”

Councillor Graham McAndrew (Bishop’s Stortford Rural) awarded a grant of £1017.91 to Albury Village Hall to install a BT phone line and broadband at Albury Village Hall which is a very rural location with limited broadband. Cllr McAndrew said: “Albury countryside offers beauty, community and tranquillity, in many cases, these benefits are offset by poor or non-existent broadband, particularly for businesses. Availability of high-speed internet enables several benefits from both an economic and social perspective, and ultimately aids in the development of a whole economy. The local community centre is an ideal location to have broadband installed which it has been deprived of for so long.”

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