HARLOW’S Conservative representatives on Essex County Council appear to be “sitting” on tens of thousands of money that could be of benefit to the local community.
The locality funding, introduced by Essex County Council earlier this year, gives councillors an opportunity to hand out money to community initiatives or groups.
Essex County Councillor for Harwich, Ivan Henderson directed the £10,000 to a heritage and community project called the Mayflower Fund.
Independent councillor for Westley Heights, cllr Kerry Smith casted a stir after he wanted to give the money to a Foodbank but it wasn’t in his ward and funding has to be ward-related. Cllr Smith told them to spend the money on improving the pavements.
The four Tory county councillors for Harlow, Eddie Johnson, Mike Hardware, Clive Souter and Mike Garnett appear to be sitting on £40,000 that could be going to community organisations in Harlow.
YH spoke to cllr Hardware in June who told us he was working on it. We contacted him again this week but we have not received a reply.
Labour councillor Mike Danvers has expressed his dismay. Cllr Danvers said: “This is very disappointing. There are so many projects in Harlow that could benefit from help such as this, especially with all the extra pressures due to Covid-19”.
If you have any suggestions on how the for Conservative councillors could spend £40,000 on community projects in Harlow then please get in touch.
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