Our Saturday independent columnist Observer is back from a holiday in the sun to suggest ways in which councils could use grant money in future.
Both Wealden District Council and Uckfield Town Council hand out grants to “deserving” good causes.
It is a good way of helping the “wheels” of the community continue to go round.
The district council grants cover a huge amount of ground – from the Housebound Club to providing equipment for youngsters to play football.
You can see the latest list, as it applies to the Uckfield area, by clicking here.
And, for the sake of completeness, the Uckfield Town Council list is here.
At the same time the town council wants its grants scheme known further afield so that organisations in villages, which help Uckfield people, can be considered.
There is, I believe, an argument for some co-ordination in future years between town (and parish councils if they have a grants system) and Wealden.
That could mean a substantial sum of money could be brought to bear upon a particular problem.
Now, we all know there is a cry in Uckfield at the moment of there is nothing for young people to do in the town.
That’s not strictly true. There are activities but probably not enough.
Good work is done by football and rugby clubs, “service” organisations and other movements.
It is right that we acknowledge the leadership and help where we can.
However, the youth centre on Manor Park is closed.
It would not be right to draw a direct link between the town’s current troubles with a group of young people and a belief that “there is nothing to do”.
However, more “distractions” are needed to occupy all young people and try and keep them off the streets as much as possible.
You will never get 100 per cent success but if the town and Wealden councils worked together to allocate grants money in Uckfield to charities/groups/organisations that made provision for young people, good progress could be made.
It’s a case of investing in our youth.
The councillors who make the decisions need the Wisdom of Solomon but a concerted effort to target money at young people would pay dividends.
Yes, I can here the cries of what about the elderly?
They are equally deserving and a summit conference, involving local charitable organisations, could well be the way forward.