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Councillors Nick Adams-King and Gordon Bailey at the village hall by the new barrier that has been installed.

New barrier secured for community village hall

A brand new barrier at a village hall has helped to increase security, reduce litter and cut down on anti-social behaviour after a grant from Test Valley Borough Council.

Plaitford Village Hall has installed a new barrier to their car park after a £1,000 Councillor Community Grant from the borough authority.

The hall trustees applied for the funding in a bid to help cut down on anti-social behaviour and litter that has been left in the car park. Having now been installed for two months, Blackwater ward members, councillors Nick Adams-King and Gordon Bailey have been pleased with the results.

Councillor Bailey said: “Being able to help residents feel a little bit safer in their village community is a brilliant thing to be able to do. It has so far stopped any unwanted visitors and improved the security to the car park to a much-used and much-loved village facility.”

Councillor Adams-King, added: “I know how much the residents value their hall and to be able to ensure the area around it is cleaner and tidier is exactly what these councillor community grants are supposed to be used for.

“There has been less anti-social behaviour and a lot less litter, so I’m pleased the new barrier is proving to be a good use of funds so far!”

The Councillor Community Grant scheme helps to fund community-led initiatives for up to two-thirds of the overall cost. Local councillors allocate up to £1,000 to projects that they identify as meeting a need in the community, based on feedback and ideas from residents.