Hunsdon Parish Council recently applied for funding from the UK shared Prosperity Fund & The Rural Prosperity Fund via Ian Campbell of East Herts District Council.
You can read the full application document here, while we’ve posted a summary below
|Project||Estimated cost||Estimated completion date||Main benefits|
|Refurbishment of the village sign*||£2500||3Q2023||Improved visual appearance and village identity|
|Village pump renovation*||£2000||4Q2023||Improved visual appearance of key historic monument (grade II listed)|
|Gas light renovation*||£3000||1Q2024||Improved visual appearance of key historic monument (grade II listed)|
|Remodelling of the immediate area surrounding the village pump and gas light||£5000||4Q2024||Improved social and communal space for villages and visitors|
|Renovate directional sign on the village car park.*||£500||3Q2023||Improved visual appearance and village identity|
|Move the bus stop to opposite the Village Hall*||£500||4Q2023||Improved social amenity for the village|
|Gateway boxes / picket fences at the 3 entrances to the village*||£3000||2Q2024||Improved safety by marking village entrance|
|Pop-up café||£7500||4Q2024||Improved social amenity for the village|
|Points of interest and information boards around the village.||£6000||2Q2025||Improved education and preservation of local history for village residents and visitors|
|Village historic walking trail||£2000||3Q2025||Improved education and preservation of local history for village residents and visitors|
|Clearing and widening of footpaths and pavements around the village *||£3000||3Q2023||Improved safety for adults and children accessing village communal spaces|
|Provision of a log ‘camp’ circle and other educational improvments in the wooded area known as The Dell||£2000||1Q2024||Provision of social gathering place for Scouts, Cubs and beavers and for the wider community|
|Communal seating on village green spaces and at points of interest||£5000||1Q2025||Provision of social gathering places for the whole community|
*projects with proposed start in 2023
The initial budgetary estimate for the complete works is £42k over a three year period. We also need to factor in increased costs over the project lifetime due to the current high inflation rates in the UK so including a 10% project contingency to account for increased costs over three years results in total project cost of £46k.
The Parish Council currently sets aside £6,000 per year for all village improvement projects and over the three year period it would be reasonable to assume this project would have access to £10,000 of those funds resulting in a funding requirement of £36,000 from The UK shared Prosperity Fund & The Rural Prosperity Fund.
If total funding was not available in 2023 it could be phased over the three year length of the fund with an initial grant of £15,000 to start the indicated projects and fund scoping and feasibility works for the more complicated longer term projects