England, London & South: Committee decisions November 2019

Summary report of the meeting of the Committee for England, London and South on 27 November 2019 at St Katherine’s Docks, London.

Members:    

  • Blondel Cluff (Chair)
  • Stephen Boyce (Deputy Chair)
  • Bill Ferris (Deputy Chair)
  • Lydia Lee
  • Peter Neal
  • Claire Madge
  • Neena Sohal
  • Tamsin Daniel
  • Perdita Hunt (Trustee)
  • Evelyn Stacey

 

Observing:

  • Maeve Marshall – National Lottery Community Fund

 

Reports

 

1. Welcomes and Chair’s Report

Oral

The Chair welcomed the Committee to St Katherines Docks and extended thanks to all for the opportunities to attend site visits and ambassadorial opportunities since the last Committee, including the birthday event in Bath.

The Chair also welcomed a representative from National Lottery Community Fund who assisted with the Parks for People recommendations.

 

 

SF4 Delivery round Parks for People applications for discussion and recommendation

 

2. Declarations of interests (for Parks)

Oral

Neena Sohal declared a conflict of interest with Reconnecting Boston Manor Park (item 3) as she worked on the Activity Plan.

Peter Neal declared a conflict of interest with Greenwich Park Revealed (item 6) as an acting ROSS consultant on the project which predates his appointment to the Committee.

 

3. Reconnecting Boston Manor Park

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Neena Sohal left the room before discussion commenced.

Applicant: Reconnecting Boston Manor Park

Request: £3,634,600 (71%)

Project: To reconnect the Park to nature, to its history as an estate for Boston Manor House and public space, to its immediate locality, including the River Brent and Grand Union Canal, and to those living and working nearby.

The Heritage Lottery Fund Board and Big Lottery Fund Parks for People England Committee awarded a first round pass of £3,929,200 including a development grant of £294,600 (73% of eligible development costs) in July 2017.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South and the National Lottery Community Fund representative recommended the project as a HIGH priority to the Parks for People Board Delegated Decision Panel.

 

4. The Discovery Project at Upton Country Park

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Peter Neal left the room before discussion commenced.

Applicant: Borough of Poole - Upton Country Park

Request: £1,354,200 (71%)

Project: To celebrate the heritage of Upton Country Park by restoring, conserving and interpreting the historical features and landscapes to create a more accessible, sustainable and vibrant attraction that would engage new and existing audiences.

The Heritage Lottery Fund Board and Big Lottery Fund Parks for People England Committee awarded a first round pass of £1,520,100 including a development grant of £165,900 (90% of eligible development costs) in December 2017.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South and the National Lottery Community Fund representative recommended the project as a HIGH priority to the Parks for People Board Delegated Decision Panel

 

5. The Abney Park restoration project

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Applicant: London Borough of Hackney

Request: £4,411,400 (83%)

Project: This project would secure the future of Abney Park, one of London’s Magnificent Seven Victorian cemeteries, located in the London Borough of Hackney. By restoring the historic buildings on site, improving accessibility and developing a vibrant programme of activities, the project would transform Abney Park from being underused, neglected and at risk of becoming a ruin to a well-loved and well-used green space.

The Heritage Lottery Fund Board and Big Lottery Fund Parks for People England Committee awarded a first round pass of £4,725,500 including a development grant of £314,100 (77% of eligible development costs) in January 2018.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South recommended the project as a MEDIUM priority and the National Lottery Community Fund representative recommended the project as a HIGH priority to the Parks for People Board Delegated Decision Panel.

 

6. Greenwich Park Revealed

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Applicant: The Royal Parks

Request: £4,517,300 (45%)

Project: The project would deliver a major restoration of the 17th century landscape, introducing sustainable water features, enhanced grasslands and richer habitats. Revealed in a new area of public realm, a contemporary Learning Centre would widen access to education, upskilling and volunteering. Refined interpretation and better facilities would also be included.

The Heritage Lottery Fund Board and Big Lottery Fund Parks for People England Committee awarded a first round pass of £4,799,900 including a development grant of £282,600 (64% of eligible development costs) in December 2017.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South and the National Lottery Community Fund representative recommended the project as a HIGH priority to the Parks for People Board Delegated Decision Panel.

 

Corporate Items

 

7. Minutes from the last meeting on 5 Sept 2019 and matters arising

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Stephen Boyce declared an Interest in the South West Museum Association, clarifying that his role does not extend to the whole of the south west and therefore currently causes no conflict.

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

 

8. Chair’s Report

Oral

The Chair reported on the departure of Sir Peter Luff as Chair of The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Chair attended the opening of St Mary Magdalene at Paddington and encouraged Committee to visit, praising the project’s diverse engagement programme.

The London and South 25th birthday celebration event at the assembly rooms in Bath was a great success. The majority of the team were able to attend and enjoy tours of both Bath Abbey and The Roman Baths.

The Chair attended the trustees board meeting with thanks to Stephen Boyce for accompanying.

Thanks also to Bill Ferris for accompanying the Chair to the Trafalgar Dinner.

 

9. Declarations of Interest

Oral

Tamsin Daniel declared a conflict of interest with ‘A Monumental Improvement project’ (item 27) as the AONB is part of her team within Cornwall council.

Perdita Hunt declared a conflict of interest with ‘Restoring Stowe’ (item 28) as she previously volunteered as an advisor to the National Trust on collections and interpretation and was asked to visit Stowe. No specific advise was given on the application.

Evelyn Stacey declared a conflict of interest with ‘Saving Devon’s Treescapes’ (item 32) through links to the National Parks and by association Exmoor National Park.

 

10. Corporate Update

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The Committee received an update on corporate activities.  

 

Update on the Heritage Horizon Awards Campaign

The Heritage Horizon Awards programme was delayed by the start of the restricted period.

 

Update on The National Lottery 25th Birthday campaign

The 25th Birthday Celebrations were a success and considered exceptional amongst wider lottery funders. The Committee congratulated The Fund on its extensive and excellent media coverage.  

 

11. Area Director’s Report

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The Area Director presented a report to Committee.

 

12. Area Budget Overview

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The Head of Investment presented the budget paper and provided Committee with an overview of key details. 

Seven second round applications were on the agenda, none of whom requested uplifts, with a total request of £8,297,100. 

The budget for the November meeting is £13,077,400. There were also two grant increase requests for a total of £602,000 and six single stage projects that were recommended for award, totalling £1,136,700. In addition there was one fast track application of £380,900.

 

13. SF4 Delivery Round and SFF application Overview Paper

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The Area Director presented the paper and noted that of the SF4 second round projects only one would have been decided upon by the Board under the previous system (with a grant request of over £2m) and all had scored high. One project presented a high sustainability risk.

 

SF4 Delivery round applications for discussion and decision

 

14. Quantock Hills Landscape Partnership - Reimagining the Manor

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Applicant: Quantock Hills AONB Service

Request: £1,810,800 (69%)

Project: The Quantock Landscape Partnership Scheme (QLPS) aims to protect, restore and celebrate the distinctive landscape features of the Quantock Hills in Somerset. The five-year scheme (April 2020 to March 2025) proposed 23 projects across three themes.

The Board awarded a first round pass of £1,902,200, including a development grant of £91,300 (90% of total eligible development costs) in October 2017.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South AWARDED a grant of £1,810,800 (69%).

 

15. Preserving Surrey’s hedgerow heritage

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Applicant: Surrey Wildlife Trust

Request: £390,000 (49%)

Project: The project would engage 2,400 people from the local community and upskill a diverse range of people with hedge laying skills. The legacy would be 6.5km of new or restored hedgerows, a further 65km of hedgerows protected an inspired local community and a more diverse and skilled group of hedge layers acting as stewards to maintain this vital green infrastructure and wildlife habitats.

The Committee for the South East awarded a first round pass £446,600, including a development grant of £56,600 (68% of total eligible development costs) in June 2018.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South AWARDED a grant of £390,000 (49%).

 

16. The Exchange Project: The Community Workshop at Erith’s Old Library

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Applicant: London Borough of Bexley

Request: £980,000 (52%)

Project: The Project aimed to bring the ground and upper floors of the Grade II listed Old Library in Erith back into use, activating previously unused spaces as new community workshops for heritage and arts production, conversation and understanding, skills and community development, and putting in place resources to successfully deliver a community-led activity plan.

The Committee for London awarded a first round pass of £1,102,900 including development grant of £122,900 (64% of total eligible development costs) in March 2018.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South Award Grant of £980,000 (52%).

 

17. Sharing Social Housings’ History: Restoring Kensal House Estate’s Community Room

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Applicant: SPID Theatre Company

Request: £836,000 (33%)

Project: Improving access to the history of social housing in Kensington, Brent and Camden through interpretation, a Living History Programme and activities that would engage young people from local estates and help them develop skills that would pave the way into employment. Also encouraging participation by Kensal House residents in programmes of activities to promote health, wellbeing and community pride.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South  AWARDED a grant of £836,000 (33%).

 

18. Kent’s Magnificent Moths

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Applicant: Butterfly Conservation

Request: £228,400 (61%)

Project: This project would help save some of the UK’s most threatened moths by involving local people in targeted conservation action in six areas of East Kent, helping people discover, enjoy and protect the unique natural heritage around them.

The Committee for South East of England awarded a first round pass of £249,700 including development grant of £21,300 (58% of eligible development costs) in February 2018.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South AWARDED a grant of £228,400 (61%).

 

19. Brunel Building Atmos Totnes

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Applicant: Totnes Community Development Society

Request: £2,576,400 (71%)

Project: This project seeks to bring back into use the Brunel Building. Responding to a brief, from extensive engagement with the community and local enterprises, this important building will provide space for employment and community use. This will occur within the context of a community-led, mixed-use development with a low-carbon and local economy approach.

The Board awarded a first round pass of £2,889,200 including a development grant of £199,000 (81% of total eligible development costs) in March 2017.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South AWARDED a grant of £2,576,400 (71%).

 

20. The Leyton Cricket Pavilion – Real food hub

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Applicant: London Borough of Waltham Forest

Request: £1,475,500 (63%)

Project: The project would restore the Grade II Cricket Pavilion and Tin Hut and their surroundings to create a ReaI Food Hub to include a dining hall, a café, event spaces, market and a demonstration kitchen. This will provide long-term financial viability and kick-starting a sustainable programme of heritage activities.

The Committee awarded a first round pass of £1,777,700, including a development grant of £302,200 (59% of eligible development costs) in September 2017.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South REJECTED a grant of £1,475,500 (63%).

 

21. Prioritisation of Delivery round items

Oral

Six delivery round projects were seen to represent a HIGH priority for funding and were AWARDED

 

SF4 Grant increase for discussion and decision

 

22. From Victorian gap Year to Community Hub: Heritage and Community at Oxford House

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Applicant: Oxford House

Request: Grant Increase of £269,800 to make a total grant of £1,663,600 (51%)

Project: Unforeseen works had led to cost increases and prolongation charges, and the charity's low reserves and limited fundraising success meant that an increase in grant was the best possible solution to the situation. Outcomes remained unchanged since R2 decision. 

The Committee for London awarded a delivery grant of £1,393,800 in March 2017.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South AWARDED a grant increase of £269,800 to make a total grant of £1,663,600 (51%).

 

23. The St John at Hackney Project

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Applicant: St John at Hackney Church

Request: Grant Increase of £337,900 to make a total grant of £2,177,900 (35%)

Project: This grant request would allow St John at Hackney Church to complete repairs to the fabric of the Grade II* listed church, improved facilities for income generation for a sustainable future alongside an activities programme. Issues largely arose from insufficient planning in the development phase, before the current project team arrived.

The Committee for London awarded delivery grant of £1,840,000 (36%) including an uplift of £501,100 in November 2017.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee agreed to consider a between decisions meeting with a revised case paper which would include further expert advice.

The Committee for London and South REJECTED a grant Increase of £337,900 to make a total grant of £2,177,900 (35%).

 

SFF Single stage applications for discussion and decision (£100K-£250k)

 

Single Round Grants Overview

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The Head of Investment presented the overview paper for single round grants and provided the budget implications and recommendation. 

The Committee for London and South considered the papers and agreed the applications represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED five grants for a total of £1,136,700

  • Sharpham Wild For People £177,400
  • Audience Makers - Revealing Exeter Northcott's Hidden Archive £143,500
  • Restoring and Celebrating the Arts and Craftsmanship of St Mary's Church, Beddington £209,600
  • Bucks Heroes £223,200
  • Broadening Access to Armenian Heritage through Engagement and Resilience £233,600
  • 50th Year Memories and Stories £149,400 with amendment to the allocation of costs

 

SFF Development round applications for discussion and decision (£250K-£5M)

 

25. Reviving Victoria Park – the people’s park in Portsmouth

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Grantee: Portsmouth City Council

Request: Development Grant of £251,000 and potential Delivery Grant of £2,050,800

Project: The project would restore, improve, uncover and celebrate the park’s heritage creating a more inclusive space so that a wider range of people will use the park to improve their wellbeing.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a development grant of £251,000 and potential Delivery Grant of £2,050,800.

 

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Grantee: Beckford Tower Trust

Request: Development Grant of £422,600 and potential Delivery Grant of £2,508,900

Project: Beckford’s Tower (Grade I) stands above the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the only museum dedicated to William Beckford in the world. The project would widen access to Beckford’s story by reconnecting the Tower and lost landscape, bringing the story of Beckford’s complex, creative life to a wider contemporary audience.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South agreed the application represented a Medium priority for support and AWARDED Development Grant of £422,600 and potential Delivery Grant of £2,508,900.

 

27. A Monumental Improvement – Cornwall through 4,000 years

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Tamsin Daniel left the room before discussion commenced.

Grantee: Cornwall AONB Unit

Request: Development Grant of £88,900 and potential Delivery Grant of £489,700

Project: The project will safeguard and stabilise 40 scheduled monuments at risk of loss across the whole of the Cornwall AONB outside of West Penwith by 2023, removing them from the Historic England Heritage at Risk Register and fostering an environment where these unique sites are better supported, valued and enjoyed by a wider range of people.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED Development Grant of £88,900 and potential Delivery Grant of £489,700.

 

28. Restoring Stowe

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Perdita Hunt left the room before discussion commenced.

Grantee: National Trust, London and South East

Request: Development Grant of £95,900 and potential Delivery Grant of £2,777,900

Project: This project represented the next phase of investment in Stowe. The focus would be on three key elements: restoring two of the most important structures in the landscape – the Palladian Bridge and Queens Temple (both Grade I listed and currently on Historic England’s At Risk Register); reinstatement of the eighteenth century carriage route; and provision of opportunities to involve a wider range of people in Stowe’s development.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South agreed the application represented a LOW priority for support and REJECTED the application.

 

29. The National Disability Movement Archive And Collection (NDMAC)

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Grantee: Shape

Request: Development Grant of £142,300 and potential Delivery Grant of £840,000

Project: Would collect, digitise and make accessible the heritage story of the UK Disability Movement, which agitated for disabled peoples’ civil rights from the 1970s up until the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act in 1995 and beyond. Working with up to 230 disabled volunteers and with 80% disabled staffing, NDMAC seeks to digitise and annotate an online catalogue of 1,500+ items gathered from over 20 depositors’ key collections.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a Development Grant of £142,300 and potential Delivery Grant of £840,000.

 

30. ‘A Garden Fit for King’ – Reawakening Brighton’s Royal Estate, Phase 2

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Grantee: Royal Pavilion & Museums

Request: Development Grant of £214,400 and potential Delivery Grant of £3,417,000

Project: This project would conserve one of the Royal Pavilion Gardens and transform the way we engage audiences with its heritage. Attracting 1.5 million visitors a year, its condition was visibly suffering and historic character being lost. This project would remove the garden from the At-Risk Register.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED Development Grant of £214,400 and potential Delivery Grant of £3,417,000.

 

31. St Mary’s Church, Totnes – Restoration, Reordering and Heritage for the Community – Phase1A

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Grantee: Totnes with Bridgetown Parochial Church Council

Request: Development Grant of £75,100 and potential Delivery Grant of £600,700

Project: This project sought to address the At-Risk condition of this significant heritage and community asset as well as transforming it into a fit-for-purpose, welcoming and thriving place for worship, music, performing arts and education, through the crucial modernisation and updating of services and facilities.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South agreed the application represented a MEDIUM priority for support and REJECTED the application.

 

32. Saving Devon’s Treescapes

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Evelyn Stacey left the room before discussion commenced.

Grantee: Devon Wildlife Trust Ltd

Request: Development Grant of £99,300 and potential Delivery Grant of £758,500

Project: This project would empower communities to rebuild flourishing treescapes for the future by holding events and workshops, annual tree week festivals and 360 landowner visits to inspire community action. Three community nurseries and micro-nurseries would distribute free trees; 45,000 people would act to enhance local treescapes, planting / nurturing 250,000 trees outside woods and 150km+ of hedgerow would be created or enhanced.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED Development Grant of £ £99,300 and potential Delivery Grant of £758,500.

 

33. Growing Hestercombe’s Communities

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Grantee: Hestercombe Gardens Trust

Request: Development Grant of £817,700 and potential Delivery Grant of £4,175,500

Project: Growing Hestercombe’s Communities is a five-year programme bringing together heritage; landscape; arts, collections and culture; health and wellbeing; and the environment. It aimed to develop and engage new audiences, especially those from highly disadvantaged local communities, by restoring, interpreting and adaptively reusing Hestercombe House to create a financially sustainable and fully publicly accessible cultural centre.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South agreed the application represented a LOW priority for support and REJECTED the application.

 

SFF Fast track delivery round applications for discussion and decision

 

34. JMW TURNER Malmesbury Abbey

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Grantee: Friends of Athelstan Museum

Request: £380,900 (66%)

Project: This acquisition was time limited as the watercolour was for sale on the open market and had already been promoted abroad. The Art Fund had agreed a time limited (31 December 2019) grant of £150,000. Athelstan Museum, run by volunteers, is free at the point of entry, giving far wider audiences viewing opportunity for this Turner.

The Committee discussed the application.

The Committee for London and South agreed the application represented a HIGH priority for support and AWARDED a Grant of £380,900 (66%).

 

35. Prioritisation of Delivery round applications

Oral

The Committee were satisfied with prioritisation in the case by case discussions and made no amendments.

The Committee agreed to award Development Grants to the six high priority projects;

  • Reviving Victoria Park – the people’s park in Portsmouth
  • A Monumental Improvement – Cornwall through 4,000 years
  • The National Disability Movement Archive And Collection (NDMAC)
  • ‘A Garden Fit for King’ – Reawakening Brighton’s Royal Estate, Phase 2.
  • Saving Devon’s Treescapes
  • JMW TURNER Malmesbury Abbey

The Committee gave feedback for the projects voted as medium and low priority and were not awarded grants.

 

Papers for Information

 

36. Corporate Parks Update

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The Committee noted the report.

 

37. Communications Paper

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No comments

 

Any other business

Oral

There was none.

 

The next meeting would be held on Wednesday 4 March 2020.