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Community Grants available from Hertsmere Borough Council

Hertsmere Borough Council recognise the impact the Coronavirus Pandemic has had on the local community and particularly on the local voluntary and community sector. To reflect these additional challenges, for 2021/22 the Hertsmere Borough grants programme is being delivered in three separate funding streams for more details see the following link https://www.hertsmere.gov.uk/Community/Community-Information/Community-Grants.aspx

Newberries Parade parking

Dear all, from Wednesday 26th May 2021 the planters in the parking bays will be removed, and Hertfordshire County Council and Hertsmere Borough Council will be reverting the parking arrangements outside the shops to pre-covid style.

Community Infrastructure Levy Grants

Release date: 3/2/2021

Press Release

Community Infrastructure Levy Grants

 Aldenham Parish Council announced the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) capital grants scheme for local voluntary organisations and community groups in June 2020.  The scheme is to help fund capital projects within the parish.

Aldenham Parish Council set aside funding from the CIL to invest in the local community with grants between £1,000 to £20,000 available for applications for capital spending.  Core organisational costs such as salaries, rent or utilities are not eligible.

So far grants totalling £20,312.85 have been awarded to 3 local organisations:

  • Radlett Bowls Club — £1,562.85 towards repairs to the surrounds at the ground
  • 1st Radlett Scouts — £10,000 for new front entrance to Scout Hut
  • Aldenham War Memorial Hall — £8,750 towards creation of a centenary garden at the hall

All grants awarded are subject to production of satisfactory invoices prior to funds being released.

Aldenham Parish Council is pleased to confirm that the Radlett Bowls Club completed their project and the following statement was received from the club:

We, at Radlett Bowls Club (RBC) are most grateful to APC for the Community Infrastructure Grant.

RBC was established in 1933 on a sloping site bordering Philimore Recreation Ground.  The ground was levelled for the actual green but the banks remained sloping.   Sometime later some bays for bench seating were cut out of the banks, the backs being supported with wooden staves and piling.

Over time these have all rotted away and the generous infrastructure grant was used to replace them with specially treated sleepers for such support work.

This health and safety and solidification work has greatly improved RBC’s ambiance both visually and practically.  All can see how much we care and look after our club.   Our members regularly benefit from exercise, fresh open air and really good company.   We provide information on bowling techniques and can show our new members how to bowl and benefit from our matches.  So, free tuition is available and more information is on our website:-   radlettbowls.uk

Please contact the Hon. Secretary, John,  on 01923 853231 with all enquiries or email radlett.secretary@gmail.com

If you would wish to apply on behalf of your local voluntary organisation or community group, please contact Monika Duong on accounts@aldenham-pc.gov.uk or Peter Evans on manager@aldenham-pc.gov.uk.

Applications are considered twice a year (October and April) at meetings of the Finance and General Purposes Committee.

The next deadline for receipt of applications is as follow:

14 days before the F&GP meeting:

29th March 2021

CRITERIA:

Grants will normally be given only for schemes that meet the following criteria:

  • projects and schemes must serve the area within the civil boundary of Aldenham
  • projects and schemes that show a clear benefit to parish residents and businesses
  • the application should estimate the number of individuals who will benefit from an allocation.
  • funding is not available for a project that has already been completed.
  • funding is for applications between £1,000 and £20,000
  • projects must be achievable within the funding timescales, but no longer than 5 years.
  • projects must not require on-going revenue funding from Aldenham Parish Council and have sound business planning in place if there is ongoing revenue requirement such as maintenance.
  • projects must be run by local voluntary organisations, community groups,  or social enterprises,  not individuals or businesses
  • projects must have long-term impact.  Applications for capital spending will be considered, but core organisational costs such as salaries, rent or utilities will not be eligible.
  • if match funding is available from other sources please specify how this match-funding will be secured.

Grant applications from organisations will be considered only when accompanied by at least one of the following:

  1. Audited accounts; 
  2. Accounts that have been subjected to independent inspection as required by the Charities Act or, where the organisation is newly formed, a case for funding including supporting evidence of fund raising efforts.
  3. Project business plan

Monika Duong

Assistant Manager

Aldenham Parish Council

Rapid Testing available in Hertfordshire

 

Rapid testing for anyone without coronavirus symptoms is now available across Hertfordshire. 

Key and essential workers who cannot work from home during the current government restrictions are especially encouraged to book a rapid test every few days to help us ensure that essential services are as safe as possible.

Around one in three people with coronavirus do not show symptoms, which means they could be spreading the virus to family, friends, co-workers and into the community without realising. Knowing if you have coronavirus even though you do not have symptoms means that you can protect your loved ones and help to stop the spread of the virus. 

Free rapid tests (also known as Lateral Flow Tests) are available by appointment only and bookable up to a week in advance.  You’ll need to take your booking confirmation email/text to your appointment and have your mobile phone with you (please ensure it is charged). Results are sent by text and email in 45 minutes.

  • To book a rapid test, please visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/rapidtest . Please check the website regularly for updates as several new test centres have opened across Hertfordshire.
  • If you have symptoms of coronavirus you cannot have a rapid test and must not go to a rapid test centre – instead please book a standard coronavirus (PCR) test at www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Hertfordshire County Council -draft Integrated Plan

Let us know your priorities   An online survey is available from 11 January until 1 February 2021 at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/budgetsurvey   Residents are being invited to have their say about Hertfordshire County Council’s draft Integrated Plan (the proposed budget) for 2021-22, contributing to the budget setting process.
We want Hertfordshire to continue to be a county where people have the opportunity to live healthy, fulfilling lives in thriving, prosperous communities.   Hertfordshire is a great place to live and work. However, we face a range of major challenges over the coming years. Significant population and housing growth are anticipated and, as with the rest of the country, our population is ageing and increasingly experiencing long-term complex health problems. Coronavirus has also brought about some changes to how we work and provide services. All of these challenges generate increasing demand on our services and infrastructure.   Let us know how you think we should prioritise our spending by filling out our survey.
Just some of the draft budget proposals include:  
Adult Care and Health   Investment in adult social care including care worker pay increases, support for the voluntary sector, investment in safeguarding, permanent funding for the domestic violence service, and funding for transformation in disability services.   
Highways   £10m of investment as part of our climate change response to improve drainage in response to highways flooding. Additional investment is proposed for moving forward the roll out of 20 mph speed limits, active travel schemes, and extra funding for winter maintenance to help keep the county moving.
Sustainable Hertfordshire   £10m of capital investment in sustainable projects to significantly drive forward delivery of the Sustainable Hertfordshire strategy approved by Cabinet, including £1.5m earmarked for pilot projects in school energy initiatives.
Read more   You’ll find more highlights from the proposed budget for 2021-22 summarised on the survey web page at www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/budgetsurvey

Hertfordshire Health Walks restart

We are delighted to announce that we have now gradually restarted Covid-19 Safe

Hertfordshire Health Walks. Please take a look at your local Winter Health Walks Programme.

All walks will need to be pre-booked (please see How to Book Health Walks below).

If you are a new walker you will need to register here before booking a place.

 As we move into the New Year and towards the Spring we hope to increase the range of Health Walks available.

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