England, North: Committee decisions September 2019

Summary report of the Committee for England, North held on 5 September 2019 9.30 a.m. at Kala Sangam St. Peter’s House, 1 Forster Square, Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK BD1 4TY

Members:    

  • Tiffany Hunt (Chair)
  • Ron Cooke
  • David Stocker
  • Jim Cokill
  • Niall Hammond
  • Susan Mendus
  • Humphrey Welfare (from item 5)
  • Stephen Welsh
  • John Williams

Apologies:

  • Lucy Winskell

Committee Business

1. Welcomes and apologies

The Chair welcomed members and staff to the second meeting of the Committee for England, North.

2. Chair’s Report

Oral

The Chair expressed her thanks to the team for all of their efforts for the meeting and to the partner organisation staff who took part in the site visits.

3. Minutes of last committee meeting

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The Committee agreed the minutes, subject to a typographical error on page 11. The minutes were signed by the Chair.

4. Matters arising from the minutes                                                                                       

Oral                                                               

There were none.

5. Area Director’s Report

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David Renwick, Area Director for the North introduced the report.

6. Area Budget Report

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Ivor Crowther, Head of Investment, presented the budget position for the North.

Nine second round projects had been received with a total grant request of £11,040,700. There were five first round cases with a total request of £15,062,900 against a budget £9,563,300. There were no single stage cases for consideration at this meeting.

7. Corporate Update

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Eilish McGuinness drew attention to a number of items in the paper:

  • Board and Committee dates were now set for 2020-21.

  • The Fund’s digital campaign would launch in October.

  • The head office move to St Katharine Dock had gone well and feedback so far had been positive.

8. Declarations of Interest

Oral

Niall Hammond declared a conflict of interests with item 26; Redhills Revealed. He had helped develop the scheme. This was judged as prejudicial and Niall would leave the room for this item.

David Stocker declared a conflict of interests with item 13; Dialect and Heritage. He was an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds, the applicant. This was judged as prejudicial and David would leave the room for this item.

Item 9; Belsay Awakes:

  • Humphrey Welfare mentioned that he was previously a Director for the applicant organisation, English Heritage, over eight years ago. He had no prior knowledge of the project. This was judged to be non-prejudicial.
  • David Stocker had worked for English Heritage between 1986 and 2012. He had no prior knowledge of the project. This was judged to be non-prejudicial.

9. SF4 Second Round and SFF applications overview paper

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The Committee noted the paper.

 

SF4 second round applications for discussion and decision

Investment team staff arrived at this point and introductions took place around the table.

10. Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City

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Grantee: Hull City Council

Request: Grant of £13,631,500 (47%)

Project: A five year heritage-driven city-wide cultural regeneration and place-making project that would continue to catalyse the transformation and momentum initiated by UK City of Culture 2017 in Hull. It encompassed five separate sites across the city; Hull Maritime Museum, Dock Office Chambers, the historic North End Shipyard and the two historic vessels, the Arctic Corsair and Spurn Lightship. Following the examples of Liverpool and Bristol, the project aimed to unify and reconnect these key maritime elements into one engaging heritage experience. Proposals would also include new pedestrian crossings and city-wide wayfinding,

The Board awarded a first round pass of £14,999,900 including a development grant of £1,368,400 (56% of total eligible development costs) in September 2017.

The Committee for England, North recommended the project to the Board as a HIGH PRIORITY for support.

 

SF4 second round major batch applications for discussion

11. Giving Nature a Home in the Dearne Valley

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Grantee: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

Request: Grant of £788,500 (76%)

Project: Four-year long project to reinvigorate wetland habitats at two key adjacent reserves; Old Moor and Wombwell Ings. The scheme would transform the visitor offer, particularly focusing upon the reserves' visitor centre at Old Moor and provide enhancement to habitats across the sites for priority bird species. The project would also celebrate the mining history of the site and connect with local communities.

The Committee for Yorkshire and the Humber awarded a first round pass of £875,800 including development grant of £87,300 (76%of total eligible development costs) in June 2017.

The Committee for England, North agreed that the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £788,500 (76%).

12. Developing the Natural Aire (DNAire)

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Grantee: Environment Agency with Aire Rivers Trust

Request: Grant of £713,900

Project: A three year partnership project from the Environment Agency and Aire Rivers Trust to catalyse a renaissance of the River Aire. Proposals would install fish-passes to the last four outstanding weirs upstream and create a continuous 'fish super-highway to the Dales'. Communities would also reconnect with the Aire through a catchment-wide programme of activities.

The Committee for Yorkshire and the Humber awarded a first round pass of £820,800 including a development grant of £106,900 (50% of total eligible development costs) in September 2017.

The Committee for England, North agreed that the application represented a high priority for support and AWARDED a grants of £713,900 (29%).

13. Dialect and Heritage

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David Stocker declared an interest and left the room before discussion commenced.

Grantee: University of Leeds

Request: Grant of £530,500 (80%)

Project: A partnership led by the University of Leeds to index, digitise and make publicly available the Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture. The project would develop an interactive website for the public and deliver outreach events in regional museums and community venues across the UK to widen access to the archive’s dialect heritage and diversify audiences.

The Committee for Yorkshire and the Humber awarded a first round pass of £798,000 including development grant of £65,600 (95% of total eligible development costs) in October 2017.

The Committee for England, North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £530,500 (80%).

14. Beverley Minster – a place of sanctuary since 937AD

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Grantee: Beverley Minster

Request: Award Grant of £406,700 (57%)

Project: The first of a multi-phased approach to the repair needs of Beverley Minster, this three-year long project would restore high-level elements of the lesser south transept. An activity programme would focus on the heritage of Beverley and the Minster as a place of sanctuary linking to audiences who would benefit from sanctuary in the present day.

The Committee for Yorkshire and the Humber awarded a first round pass of £440,000 including a development grant of £32,600 (50% of total eligible development costs) in March 2018.

The Committee for England, North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £406,700 (57%).

 

15. Union Chain Bridge: Crossing borders, inspiring communities

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Grantee: Northumberland County Council

Request: Award Grant of £3,140,000 (38%)

Project: The project would forge stronger connections between border communities through the conservation and celebration of the Union Chain Bridge. An ambitious public engagement and learning programme would provide exciting opportunities for people to explore heritage, stories and context; raising aspirations in young people and inspiring a new generation of engineers. As the bicentenary of the opening of the Bridge approaches, the project would repair and conserve this historically and internationally important Bridge, ensuring its continued use for another 120 years; create new interpretation on site and in venues across the region to raise awareness of the Bridge and tell its unique story.

The Committee for the North East awarded a first round pass of £3,500,000 including development grant of £360,000 (49% of total eligible development costs) in March 2018.

The Committee for England, North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £3,140,000 (38%).

16. CONFIDENTIAL

17. Belsay Awakes

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Grantee: English Heritage

Request: Grant of £1,885,100 (26%)

Project: To secure the future of Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, in Northumberland, completing conservation works, diversifying and increasing audiences, vastly enhancing the visitor experience and improving interpretation and access for all to engage new diverse visitors. Visitors would be taken on a unique journey from 'tame to wild' reflecting the estate's landscape, with exciting opportunities to play and learn.

The Committee for the North East awarded a first round pass of £2,077,600 including development grant of £192,500 (59%) in December 2018.

The Committee for England, North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £1,885,100 (26%).

18. Seaham Townscape Heritage project

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Grantee: Durham County Council

Request: Grant of £1,610,500 (72%)

Project: This three year project aims to facilitate the heritage-led regeneration of Seaham town centre and deliver a complementary programme of events and activities to re-engage the local community with the area and its history. 

The Committee for the North East awarded a first round pass of £78,200 including a development grant of £1,610,500 (72% of total eligible development costs) in May 2018.

The Committee for England, North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £1,610,500 (72%).

19. Southport Townscape Heritage Project, Restoration and Regeneration

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Grantee: Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council

Request: Grant of £1,623,800 (66%)

Project: Five year Townscape Heritage scheme focusing on the Lord Street Conservation Area and Promenade Conservation Area. Works to 42 properties would create clear connections between the main shopping street, promenade, pier and beach, complementing previous and on-going investment in these areas. Proposals would help to regenerate Southport’s historic townscape and boost the local economy. An associated community engagement programme would be developed and delivered.

The Committee for the North West awarded a first round pass of £1,695,100 including a development grant of £70,100 (70%% of total eligible development costs) in June 2018.

The Committee for England, North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and AWARDED a grant of £1,623,800 (66%).

20. Prioritisation and feedback for second round items

Oral

There was no need to prioritise the cases.

 

SFF single stage £100k to £250k applications for discussion and decision

21. Single Stage £100K to £250K overview paper

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The Committee noted the paper and agreed with the recommendation to reject the applications from St Johns Bowling Hub and Repair and restoration of the interior ‘Gothic Revival’ decorative works of an Augustus Pugin Church.

 

SFF development round applications for discussion and decision

22. A New Life at Wentworth Woodhouse – MP1 MP3a

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Grantee: Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust

Request: Development grant of £1,507,400 (88%) and potential delivery grant of £3,386,300

Project: A phased approach to develop the site of the Grade I listed Wentworth Woodhouse, Rotherham, to provide a sustainable solution for its future. The project would cover the development and delivery stages of phase 1: Camellia House (Grade II*) and the development stage of phase 3a: the southern range of the Stables, including the Riding School (Grade I). The restored Camellia House would be a focal point of the historical gardens, with a garden café, events space and visitor facilities. Future proposals for the Stables/Riding School would include major events space and overnight accommodation, a dining area, a café and bar facilities.

The Committee for England, North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and AWARDED a development grant of £1,507,400 (88%) and potential delivery grant of £3,386,300.

23. Hall Waberthwaite: 2000 years of hidden history and culture conserved, interpreted and shared

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Grantee: St Johns Church Waberthwaite

Request: Development grant of £120,100 (67%) and potential delivery grant of £477,300

Project: To repair the Grade II* listed St John’s Church in Waberthwaite, West Cumbria, bringing a disused adjacent building (a former laundry/bakery) back in to use as a visitor hub/community space, and deliver a programme of heritage activities. The refurbished church and visitor hub would attract new visitors including tourists, community and special interest groups, schools, cyclists/walkers using the planned route from Millom to Barrow.

The Committee for England, North agreed that the application represented a low priority for support and REJECTED the application in light of concerns raised and the available budget for the meeting.

24. The Prehistoric Northern Powerhouse

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Grantee: DigVentures

Request: Development grant of £60,000 (52%) and potential delivery grant of £355,600

Project: A community archaeology project delivered over three and a half years to engage new and wider audiences with the lesser known Bronze Age heritage of the North West region. The development phase would include the recruitment of key staff, delivery of pilot events, research and training, activity and the establishment of a youth advisory group who would inform, co-design and test out the archaeology programme.

The Committee for the North agreed that the project represented a medium priority for support and REJECTED the application.

25. Cheshire’s archives: a story shared

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Grantee: Cheshire West & Chester Council

Request: Development grant of £544,900 (53%) and potential delivery grant of £4,455,100

Project: Cheshire Archives and Local Studies (CALS) would relocate from Cheshire Record Office in Chester, a building no longer fit-for-purpose, to two new history centres in Chester and Crewe. The project would include community outreach across the county, activity programming at the centres and collections’ conservation, digitisation and interpretation.

The Committee for England, North agreed that the application represented high priority for support and AWARDED a development grant of £544,900 (53%) and potential delivery grant of £4,455,100.

26. Redhills Revealed: A New Life for the Pitmans Parliament

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Grantee: Durham Miners Association

Request: Development grant of £400,000 (58%) and potential delivery grant of £3,756,200

Project: This four year project aims to secure the future of the Grade II Listed Redhills Miners Hall, in Durham City, as a centre for heritage, education and culture.

The Committee for England, North agreed that the application represented medium priority for support and REJECTED the application.

27. Prioritisation and feedback for development round items

Oral

During the case by case discussions, the Committee considered:

  • A New Life at Wentworth Woodhouse (item 22) and Cheshire’s Archives (item 25) represented a high priority for support.

  • DigVentures (item 24) and Redhills Revealed (item 26) represented a medium priority for support.

  • Hall Waberthwaite (item 23) represented a low priority for support.

The Committee awarded development grants to the two high priority cases. The remaining cases were rejected in light of concerns raised and the available budget for the meeting.

 

Items for Information

28. Any other business

Oral

There was none.

The next meeting would be held on 28 November 2019.