Fencing will prevent repeated vandalism at Felpham Community Hall
Fencing the enclosed garden at Felpham Community Hall to prevent repeated vandalism has been made possible due to fundraising and a grant.
The money raised has also paid for redecoration of the area at the Meaden Way hall with removal of graffiti and debris.
It has all been down to a joint fundraising initiative with Arun & Sussex Police, Worthing Homes, Felpham Parish Council and Dizzy Ducklings pre school.
The grant was from the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund, which provides grants up to £5,000 to organisations and projects that deliver a lasting and positive impact on the local community.
Doug Millen, community hall manager, who accepted the grant award on behalf of Felpham Community Hall, said the funding will help reduce crime and improve community safety and anti social behaviour at the hall and the Blakes Mead Estate:
“We are delighted to have been able to collectively fund raise across all stakeholders and be awarded this grant from the Commissioner’s Community Safety Fund, this has allowed us to securely fence the enclosed garden area at the Community Hall which is used by all our users and also daily by our resident Pre School, Dizzy Ducklings,” he said.
“Enclosing this area will prevent repeated vandalism and anti social behaviour, allowing everyone to enjoy our facility much more.
“The fundraising also allowed for redecoration of the area, to remove graffiti and debris that had previously been deposited around the garden area, it also allowed Dizzy Duckling to safely and securely site a play house within the new enclosed garden area.
“The mesh fencing now not only allows a much need secure area free from trespassers but also a way of providing Covid secure ventilation for the main hall users.
“I’d like to personally thank Justina Grant our PCSO from Arun & Sussex Police for being a massive help in orchestrating this joint project as part of their response due to a problem of seasonal anti social behaviour , Clive Cavanagh and his team from the Lottery Funded Worthing Homes Together Arun project for financially assisting us and choosing our Community Hall to run some of their great new projects and socially inclusive initiatives from, Jeanette Clapp and her team, children and their parents and carers from Dizzy Ducklings for their fun fundraisers and finally David Smart, chairman of Felpham Parish Council for their ongoing support at the Community Hall.
“John Green, manager at B&Q, was also kind enough to provide glass etching spray that was required to maintain privacy around the site.”
Commending Felpham Community Hall on its successful bid Mrs Bourne said: “As PCC I have a statutory responsibility for commissioning county-wide community safety and crime prevention programmes.
“The Community Hall’s initiative is a great example of a local project that aims to make our communities safer.
“Since launching the Safer in Sussex Fund in December 2013, nearly £1.5 million has been allocated to support over 300 crime reduction and community safety initiatives.
“This money makes a real difference to local people and neighbourhoods. The high numbers of bids each time shows organisations and community groups are committed to keeping Sussex a safe place in which to live.”
To find out more about the funding made available to community groups by the Police & Crime Commissioner visit: https://www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/apply-for-funding/.