More than £800,000 has been allocated to local organisations that have successfully bid for grant funding from Hertsmere Borough Council’s Community Infrastructure Fund (CIF).
Two groups have received larger amounts of money, totalling more than £600,000, which were agreed by the council’s Executive on 16 January, including Elstree University and Technical College and Communities 1st (formerly Community Hertsmere).
Funding for a further 14 groups, including schools and sports clubs, was agreed by the council’s Executive committee in December, with the money set to help improve community buildings, outdoor spaces and sports facilities.
The funding bids included Dame Alice Owen’s School in Potters Bar, which received £50,000 to refurbish an existing astroturf pitch and Hertsmere Jewish Primary School in Radlett, which has been granted £42,581 for playground refurbishments and enhancements.
Other recipients include the Bushey and Oxhey 64th Scouts, which received £20,000 to refurbish a scout hut and the Noah’s Ark Hospice, which was given £29,467 to provide accessible equipment for the Ark’s playground, seven paediatric care beds and two child’s mobility hoists.
All the applicants had to fulfil specific funding criteria set by the council.
The CIF is a pool of funding the council has collected from a levy on certain types of new development that can be used for improving local facilities and services.
Councillor Dr Harvey Cohen, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Localism, said: “This money will make a huge difference to our communities by enabling local organisations to improve their facilities and we are delighted with the bids that we received.
“Being able to provide funding for such vital projects is very satisfying.”
For more information about the fund, visit www.hertsmere.gov.uk/CIF.
The full list of grant recipients:
Elstree University and Technical College – 50 per cent of the requested amount (£275,000). To erect perimeter fencing with a safe hard play area and amended vehicular access.
Community Hertsmere (now known as Communities 1st, Aycliffe Road) – full amount requested (£297,250). To allow the erection of a community shed.
Community Hertsmere (now known as Communities 1st, Leeming Road) – full amount requested (£51,625). For the refurbishment of an existing community shop.
Bushey and Oxhey 64th Scouts – £20,000 for a refurbished scout hut
Bushey Heath Primary School – £8,000 for a digital hub
Bushey Meads School –£6,624 (75 per cent of the requested funding) to provide two bike shelters
Reverley Lodge – £10,083.40 to convert existing garages within the Victorian stables into a community facility for workshops, meetings and exhibitions
Dame Alice Owens School – £50,000 to resurface existing astroturf sports pitch
Tilbury Nursery at Potters Bar United Reformed Church – £6,251 to provide a garden extension and improvement works
Hertsmere Jewish Primary School – £42,581 (75 per cent of the requested funding) to provide playground refurbishments and enhancements
1st Radlett Scout Group – £12 500 (50 per cent of the requested funding) to refurbish existing scout hut
Shenley Park Trust – £25,000 to resurface existing footpaths and provide an improved vehicular access
Noah’s Ark Hospice – £29,467 to provide accessible equipment for the Ark’s playground, seven paediatric care beds and two child’s mobility hoists
Borehamwood Children’s Centre – £9,691.70 to increase the resources in the Community Garden updating the existing sensory room equipment and providing indoor play equipment
Borehamwood Wellbeing Centre – £7,500 to allow building and refurbishment works including new partition wall to provide additional room
Community Hertsmere (Windsor Hall) – £9,850 to allow the refurbishment of Windsor Hall to include redecoration with new flooring and new front door mat, along with some external landscaping, noticeboard and a new fireproof kitchen shutter
Potters Bar Football Club – £12,500 to construct new car park.
Posted on Thursday 17th January 2019