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SUBSTITUTION OF MEMBERS
To note any substitution of Members made in accordance with Council Procedure Rules 19-22.
The following substitution of Panel Members had been made in accordance with Council Procedure Rules 19-22:-
Councillor A.Chesterman for Councillor J.Fitzpatrick
Councillor P.Smith for Councillor S.Markiewicz.
To note any apologies.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors J.Fitzpatrick and S.Markiewicz.
To confirm as a correct record the Minutes of the meeting held on 5 November 2018 (previously circulated).
The Minutes of the meeting held on 5 November 2018 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Chairman.
NOTIFICATION OF URGENT BUSINESS
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST BY MEMBERS
To note declarations of Members’ disclosable pecuniary interests, non-disclosable pecuniary interests and non-pecuniary interests in respect of items on the Agenda.
There were no declarations of interest in respect of items on the agenda.
Report of the Corporate Director (Housing and Communities) detailing the applications for Community Grants.
Members received a report of the Corporate Director (Housing and Communities) which detailed the applications that had been received for Small Community Grants.
The report noted that small Community Grants were limited to a maximum of £2,000 per application. There was £39,000 in total available during the financial year 2018/19 to be awarded through the Small Community Grants of which £12,199.32 had already been awarded this financial year and this left £26,800.68 to be awarded.
In total £24,919.32 had been applied for in this round of funding.
The Council looked to support projects which helped achieve at least one of the following priority areas: Our Community, Our Environment, Our Housing, Our Economy, Our Council.
Members noted that any leftover funds following allocation would be brought back into the Council’s general fund.
Bishop’s Hatfield Girl’s School
An application had been received for the amount of £750 towards weekly tuition by a local dance and fitness instructor at the Satellite Club (an initiative by Herts Sports Partnership) within the school for vulnerable pupils.
Members supported the principle of the project but commented that they were unable to agree the grant. They felt that the project would not benefit the wider community and that financial assistance could be sought from Hertfordshire County Council as well as the County Councillors Locality Budget.
REFUSED the application.
An application had been received for the amount of £1,000 towards the purchase of a scrubbing and polishing machine to maintain the flooring in areas for Hall activities by Cuffley residents.
Members supported the application as it met the criteria and would ensure the continuation of the hall being open for all of the community.
AGREED a grant of £1,000.
De Havilland Primary School
An application had been received for the amount of £2,000 towards the lease of a mini-bus, including insurance, petrol and funding for staff to attend a driving course. The mini-bus would provide transport for sporting activities and outdoor learning and ensure that all children have the same opportunity.
AGREED the grant of £2,000 subject to the guarantee by the school that the wider community would be able to hire the bus in the evenings or weekends for a fee, which in turn would help with the ongoing costs of running the bus.
An application had been received for the amount of £1,900 towards purchasing 50 monthly memberships at Hatfield Leisure and Swim Centre and 20 memberships, encouraging homeless ex-offenders of the “Gateway” housing project to take up healthy activity.
Members supported the application, which had been well submitted, and promoted health and wellbeing for a vulnerable group in the community.
AGREED the grant of £1,900.
Excite-ed Community Interest Company
An application had been received for the amount of £2,000 towards delivering six online safety training sessions for practitioners working with children and young people (CYP), such as social workers, Cubs, Scouts and Guides.
Members supported the application as it promoted the development of safe online behaviours in a challenging and ever-changing digital ... view the full minutes text for item 16.
Report of the Corporate Director (Housing and Communities) detailing the applications for Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee Awards.
Members received a report from the Corporate Director (Housing and Communities) which provided details of the applications received for Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee Awards (QSJA). An amount of £6,000 had been allocated grant funds for the Queen’s Sapphire Jubilee Awards.
The QSJA enabled the awarding of grants to help and encourage talented young people to reach their full potential in pursuit of their chosen vocation in sport, art, craft or dance. The grant could be put towards coaching, training or tuition costs; travelling expenses; competition entry fees; or the purchase of kit and equipment.
There were 24 applications (set out in Appendix A) with the total amount applied for being £8,400.
All the applications met the criteria for awards and Members agreed the following amount:
Members agreed that the applications were of a high standard. The Board chose Euan Scott Woodliffe for the Exemplar Award in Sport. Three other Exemplar Awards were also made to the following James Aston (Dance), Jasmine Jennings (Challenge) and Josephine Clayton (Music – Flute and Piano).
That the grants should be awarded as shown above.
Members requested that for the next Annual Grants, the names of the applicants be grouped together according to each category to make the reading of the pack more user friendly. It was agreed that further comments about the QSJAs be brought back to the next meeting of the Board.