The Halesworth Portas Town Team is pleased to announce that it has now completed the Waveney District Council Service Level Agreement signed in 2012 as part of the grant allocation awarded for the Portas Project. During the time of the project, regular reports were sent to WDC and in September 2014 the final report and financial accounts were passed to WDC for scrutiny. On 22nd December, following full and thorough scrutiny of the report and supporting accounts, WDC issued a report which confirmed that HPTT had successfully carried out its remit of allocating and spending the £10,000 grant allocated towards increasing footfall in the town.
The team would like to thank all those businesses and individuals who so selflessly gave their time, goods and services to assisting the Portas project.
You can download the Portas Project closure documents by clicking on the links below.
Working with Halesworth Portas Town Team, Halesworth & Blyth Valley Partnership signed a lease agreement with Mark Liell & Son to renovate and manage The Old Print Works to increase footfall into the Thoroughfare and Market Place. Also assisted in the administration of the demolition of an adjacent derelict building to provide car parking spaces.
The Gig in the Park was a succesfful event held in the Town Park. The Halesworth and Blyth Valley Partnership provided insurance for the events from 2003 -2007. Unfortunatley, it can no longer continue due to the high cost.
Sal Jenkinson wrote ‘ Pretty good progress since the Partnership kicked it all off, you got others thinking it was a good project for locals to support, and that has paid dividends’. The Halesworth and Blyth Valley Partnership encouraged the Halesworth Millennium Green Group and suggested ways to increase their funding. HMG had to raise £20K to enable them to receive a grant of £200K. Halesworth Town Council contributed £5K, Adnams £2314, Portas £1250, Henry Smith Charity£5K, Tony Goldson Locality Budget and HBVP £500. This is a much used local facility.
Chris Reeve successfully applied for grant of £2000 to the Henry Smith Charity on behalf of HBVP. This was transferred to the Halesworth Town Council.
HBVP successfully applied to Adnams for £1000. This was transferred to Halesworth Town Council.
Purchased though a bridging Loan of £22K. The Halesworth Millennium Green is the largest in the country. The Halesworth Millennium Green has a very active group who care for and manage the green. A great deal of observational work is carried out and a superb profile of the flora and fauna of the area is being built up.
Grant requested and £250.00 given to Doug Mizon who arranged the Pyrotechnic display for the Jubillee on the Millennium Green
The Halesworth and Blyth Valley Partnership facilitated the purchase of the hempworks in Halesworth through £20K loans. This transformed the site and is now know as Miles Ward Court. It has a number of units and a meeting room.
Grant requested and £500.00 given for Blyth Valley Tourist Leaflet.
The Halesworth and Blyth Valley Partnership have expressed an interest in a building on London Road to Waveney Council.