Minutes of the meeting of the Committee for Wales 3 December 2020

This Committee for Wales meeting was held virtually on Thursday 3 December 2020 at 9.30am.

Members:

  • Baroness Kay Andrews (Chair)
  • James Davies
  • David Robinson
  • Malcolm Smith
  • Sally Edwards
  • Shaheen Sutton
  • Abigail Tweed

Committee Business

Welcome

The Chair, welcomed everyone to the third meeting of the year for the Committee for Wales.  ​

Conflicts of Interest

A conflict of interest was declared for The Lake Vyrnwy Experience: HG-17-06252

Minutes of the meeting on 10 September 2020

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

Chair’s Report

The chair noted that since September 2020, the continued various lockdown of countries and areas across the UK, had caused unprecedented challenges. 

It was impressive how the fund had managed the extraordinary distribution of new business income.  The chair thanked the Wales team, for the innovation showed with operating both the Heritage Emergency Fund and 15 Minutes of Heritage in tight challenging timeframes.

The chair thanked the leadership shown across the fund and the support provided to individual teams.

Corporate Update

Eilish McGuinness presented an update on corporate activity.

Country Directors Report

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

Country Grant Budget Paper 2020-21                                          

The Head of Investment Wales presented the budget paper. 

There were two second round applications were on the agenda, with a total request of £4,520,300.

SF4 Second round applications for discussion and decision

Heritage for Communities - Ynysangharad War Memorial Park Pontypridd (YWMP)

Grantee: Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council - Regeneration & Planning

Request: Grant of £1,439,300 (75%)

Project: To restore and enhance Ynysangharad War Memorial Park and connect local people, communities and visitors with its heritage. The bandstand, sunken garden, mock rock outcrop and toilet block would be restored and improvements made to the surrounding woodland, shrubbery and pathways. A Community Engagement Centre would provide educational and recreational activities for the local community.

The Board of Trustees awarded a first-round pass of £1,547,800, including development grant of £208,500 (76% of total eligible development costs) in January 2018

The Committee for Wales awarded a grant of £1,439,300 (75%)

The Lake Vyrnwy Experience

Grantee: RSPB Cymru

Request: Grant of £3,011,000 (38%)

Project: Four year 10-month project to conserve the Lake Vyrnwy estate, enhancing its potential as a visitor experience. The scheme would improve the status of the highly designated land through targeted grazing, re-profiling peat hags, reducing invasive non-native species and improving habitats for species including curlew and black grouse. The visitor experience would be enhanced through new branding, a new website, a new visitor centre and parking with accessible facilities.

The Board of Trustees awarded a first round pass of £3,299,900, including development grant of £288,900 (55% of total eligible development costs) in June 2018

The Committee for Wales agreed the application represented a high risk for support and rejected the application.

SF4 Second round applications for discussion and recommendation for the Board

Newport Transporter Bridge - Repair, Restoration and Interpretation

Grantee: Newport City Council

Request: Grant of £8,756,000 (73%)

Project: To undertake comprehensive repairs to the Newport Transporter Bridge, construct a new visitor centre and develop a programme of activities and events. Repairs would be made including to the high level bridge span and the bridge’s bracing and anchor cabled would be replaced. Interpretation would be significantly enhanced with a new visitor centre providing ticketing, shop, café, toilets, exhibition room, learning and community space.

The Board of Trustees awarded a first round pass of £9,708,400 including a development grant of £1,052,800 (78% of total eligible development costs) in April 2018.

The Committee for Wales agreed the application represented a high priority for support and recommended the Board of Trustees award a grant of £8,756,000 (73%)

SF4 Second round change of approved purposes for discussion

A National Broadcast Archive for Wales: Access for all to the BBC Wales Archive                          

The Committee were presented with an update report on the National Broadcast Archive for Wales.

Papers for Information

Wales Environmental Growth Funding Report                                             

The Programme Manager presented an update on the Wales Environmental Funding packages including Local Places for Nature, Community Woodland and Green Recovery Fund.

Any other Business

There was none.

The next meeting would be held on Thursday 11 March 2021