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Hertfordshire Boat Rescue awarded town council grant to keep Sawbridgeworth waterways safe

A voluntary service aiming to keep the waters around Sawbridgeworth and the surrounding area safe has been awarded a grant from the town council.

Volunteers from Hertfordshire Boat Rescue, which has a support centre in Sawbo, have been carrying out daily patrols of waterways in the county, including the River Stort through the town.

In a statement to Sawbridgeworth Town Council in support of an application for a grant of £500, group chairman Stuart Foreman said the focus had been on community safety given the warm weather, closure of swimming pools and people staying at home during lockdown.

General Views of Sawbridgeworth.River Stort. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (40196430)
General Views of Sawbridgeworth.River Stort. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (40196430)

Mr Foreman said: "Already in Sawbridgeworth alone we have dealt with two incidents of children swimming in the river unaware of the risks and putting their welfare in danger."

The grant, which was approved by the council, will contribute to the running costs of the group, in particular the rent of the Sawbridgeworth support centre.

The town council also agreed a grant of £500 to Sawbridgeworth Bowling Club to provide a safety handrail for an access ramp for people with mobility problems at its renovated clubhouse at Town Fields, off Bell Street.

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