As cuts bite, town help body could go under

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A VOLUNTEER-LED fundraising group is one step closer to closure after town leaders questioned its future.

Graham Cox, project officer for the Berkhamsted Community Partnership (BCP), told the Gazette last month that the organisation needs £10,000 by the end of summer or it’ll fold.

The group has raised more than £125,000 for town improvement projects in the past five years.

But after its chairman Tony Statham applied to Berkhamsted Town Council for £3,000 towards that funding, councillors questioned whether it was worth the money.

Speaking during a meeting of the finance and policy committee, its chairman David Collins said the cash would not go far enough unless the BCP had help from elsewhere.

He said: “Until they attract more funds, we would simply be paying for them to keep the project officer on with no projects.

“In this financial climate, I do not think that makes a great deal of sense.”

The council rejected the grant, and suggested BCP apply to it for grants towards specific projects instead.