Wales Committee meeting minutes, November 2021

Wales Committee meeting minutes, November 2021

Minutes of the meeting of the Committee for Wales held virtually on Thursday 25 November at 9.30am

Members  

  • Sally Edwards (Chair)
  • James Davies
  • David Robinson
  • Malcolm Smith
  • Shaheen Sutton

Apologies

  • Abigail Tweed
  • Baroness Kay Andrews

Committee business

1. Welcome

Sally Edwards, Chair, welcomed everyone to the third meeting of the year for the Committee for Wales. 

2. Minutes of the meeting on 9 September 2021

The minutes were approved as a true record for the meeting

3. Country Director’s report

The Director for Wales presented an update on activities across Wales.

4. Country Grant Budget Paper 2020-21

The Head of Investment presented the budget paper.

The committee were asked to make decision on two development round applications, with a total development grant request of £311,224 and potential delivery grant request of £3,564,725.

5. Declarations of interest

There were no conflicts of interest declared.

SFF Development round applications for discussion and decision 

6. Perthyn ‘belonging to/possessing’: An exploration of how collections can create community in Ceredigion

Grantee: Ceredigion County Council

Request: Development grant of £115,894 (82%) and potential delivery grant of £1,314,725 (56%).

Project: develop an environmentally sustainable collection storage facility for Ceredigion Museum that will make safe the collection and increase long-term community engagement.

The Committee for Wales considered that the project represented a high priority for support and awarded a development grant of £115,894 (82%) and potential delivery grant of £1,314,725 (56%).

7. Beacon of Hope at Shotton Point

Grantee: Enbarr Foundation CIC

Request: Development grant of £195,330 (100%) and potential delivery grant of £2,250,000 (40%).

Project: Renovation and repair of the grade II listed John Summer Building in Deeside, establishing a heritage construction skills centre, STEAM centre, museum, exhibition and community space.

The Committee for Wales agreed the application represented a low priority for support and rejected the application.

8. Prioritisation

The members voted to award the following project application:

  1. Perthyn ‘belonging to/possessing’: An exploration of how collections can create community in Ceredigion

The members voted to reject the following project application:

  1. Beacon of Hope at Shotton Point

Reports

9. Chair’s report

Sally Edwards updated the members from a briefing provided by Baroness Kay Andrews.

10. Corporate update

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive provided an update on corporate activity.

11. Public affairs overview

The Policy and Public Affairs Manager provided an overview on Public Affairs activity in Wales

Papers for Information 

12. Wales Environmental Growth Funding report

Members received the overview report on the Wales Environmental Funding packages including Local Places for Nature, Community Woodland and Breaking Barriers.

13. Communications report

Members received the overview report on recent press communications

14. Any other business

There was none.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 10 March 2022.