East Midlands: committee decisions March 2019

Summary report of the meeting of the Committee for the East Midlands held at 10.30 a.m. on 15 March 2019 at Rockingham Castle.

Members:

  • Jim Harker (Chair)
  • Heather Broughton
  • Mo Cooper
  • Jim Dixon (Trustee)
  • John Everitt
  • Geoff Nickolds

Committee Business:

Chair’s Report

The Chair, Jim Harker, welcomed everyone to the final meeting of the Committee for the East Midlands. He was pleased to announce that he would be one of the Deputy Chairs of the new Committee for England, Midlands and the East and that Heather Broughton and John Everitt would also be joining the Committee as members. Jim thanked Mo Cooper and Geoff Nickolds for their excellent contributions to the work of the East Midlands Committee.

Minutes of the meeting on 29 November 2018

The minutes were agreed and signed as a true record of the meeting.

Matters arising from the minutes

There were none.

Corporate Update

Anne Jenkins, Deputy Director of Operations, provided an update on corporate activity.

East Midlands Overview

Jonathan Platt, Head of HLF East Midlands, provided an update of activity in the East Midlands.

East Midlands Budget

There were no cases for discussion on the day’s agenda.

Declarations of Interest

Jim Dixon declared an interest in item 9 (The People’s Hall Enterprise Hub) as his brother was involved in delivering the project.

SF4 second round Board applications for discussion and recommendation

Leicester Cathedral Revealed; HG-16-06400

Grantee: Leicester Cathedral

Request: Grant of £2,995,000 (27%)

Project: A programme of capital works for the Cathedral and its precinct to address repair needs, improving infrastructure and accessibility, providing a fitting final resting place for Richard III. The 1939 Old Song School would be demolished and replaced with a Heritage Learning Centre new build extension. An activities programme would also be developed.

The Board awarded a first round pass of £3,325,000 including a development grant of £330,000 (48% of eligible development costs) in March 2017.

The Committee for the East Midlands recommended the project to the Board as a HIGH PRIORITY (1 of 2) for support.

The People’s Hall Enterprise Hub; HE-15-06147

Jim Dixon declared an interest and left the room before discussion commenced.

Grantee: Nottingham City Council - Heritage and Urban Design

Request: Grant of £1,479,500 (46%)

Project: To bring back to use a Grade II* listed building, situated in the Lace Market Area of Nottingham, through providing a hub for new and emerging small businesses. The People’s Hall would be repaired and restored and spaces created for events, meetings and conferences. Café and retail facilities would also be created. Physical access would be improved through the installation of a lift and a series of heritage related activities would be delivered.

The Committee for the East Midlands awarded a first round pass of £1,655,500 including a development grant of £153,800 (67% of eligible development costs) in June 2016.

The Committee for the East Midlands recommended the project to the Board as a HIGH PRIORITY (2 of 2) for support.

Prioritisation of second round items

The Committee discussed the merits of both projects and felt that Leicester Cathedral Revealed (item 8) represented the highest priority for support.

Papers for discussion

 Communications Report         

The Committee noted the report.

Any other business

Note of Annotation:  This was the last meeting of the Committee for the East Midlands. The Committee would be replaced from 1 April 2019 by an interim Area Committee for the Midlands & the East which would include the area originally covered by the Committees for the West Midlands, for the East Midlands and for the East of England.