Archive for October, 2013
I welcome applications from local community groups for a share of my £3,000 devolved grant.
East Hampshire District Councillors have been given £3,000 each to spend within their communities.
The money can be used to support projects or plans that provide a valuable service to residents.
EHDC Leader, Councillor Ferris Cowper, said: “The Councillor Community Grant Scheme is intended to get funds directly to where it can do the most good, making use of councillors’ local knowledge and personal understanding of their community.”
The grants, limited to between £250 and £1,000, are only available to not-for-profit organisations running projects that benefit the community at large.
The projects must meet one or more special aims if it is to receive the funding. These include:
- Environmental benefits
- Healthier lifestyles and activities
- Support for disadvantaged people
- Supporting economic development
- Community engagement
- Capacity building
Cllr Cowper added: “Few people have a better understanding of a community than the councillor who serves it. This scheme gives councillors the means to help the projects that will provide the greatest benefit to their constituents.”
Support is available to help groups to develop project ideas and offer guidance on completing the application form. For more information contact John Geoghegan Tel. 01730 234184.
For further information or to make an application for a grant click here
Alton is to be part of a Speedwatch scheme that also includes Binsted, Beech and Four Marks. Each of the four councils is contributing £500 towards the purchase of the necessary equipment, with the Police contributing the rest.
As part of the scheme, volunteers are trained to use speed indicator devices which display vehicle speed.
This equipment should be available shortly and Alton Town Council is inviting anyone interested in becoming a Speedwatch volunteer to come to a meeting to find out more.
Chairman of the Town Council’s Planning and Transportation Committee, Cllr Matthew Bayliss, said “Speedwatch is about helping to educate motorists in relation to speeding around the town. There appears to be a good deal of local interest in the scheme and, by joining with other councils, we have been able to share the cost.”
The Speedwatch meeting takes place in at the Town Hall on 19 November at 6pm.
Alton Town Council has organised an open meeting for rail users to question managers from South West Trains and Network Rail.
The meeting will take place on Wednesday, 30th October at 7.30 p.m. at the Town Hall.
Cllr Robert Saunders said: “Each week, hundreds of Altonians, including me, board the train and commute up and down the line, and my postbag is never quiet on railway issues.
I recently attended the official opening of the new footbridge and lifts at Alton station. This new facility part funded by East Hampshire District Council will ensure that disabled passengers will have equal access to all platforms. It will also be of benefit to older people and other passengers with buggies and bulky luggage. This facility compliments other modifications at the station to make it more user friendly for the disabled. Read more here.