North West: committee decisions March 2019

Summary report of the meeting of the Committee for North West held on 20 March at 10.30am.

Members:    

  • Tiffany Hunt (Chair)
  • Aileen McEvoy
  • David Stocker (Trustee)
  • Ivan Wadeson
  • Stephen Welsh
  • Humphrey Welfare

Apologies:

  • Nigel de Noronha

Committee Business

1. Chair’s Report

Oral

The Chair, Tiffany Hunt, welcomed everyone to the meeting. This would be the final meeting of the Committee for the North West and she thanked all the committee members for their committed and hard working support. It would be replaced by the new area Committee for England, North from 1 April. Tiffany would chair the new Committee and Humphrey Welfare and Stephen Welsh would join as members. David Stocker, who was attending as Trustee representative, would also be joining the new Committee as the Trustee member.

Apologies had been received from Nigel de Noronha.

2. Minutes of the meeting on 6 December 2018

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

3. Matters arising from the minutes

Oral

There were none.

4. Corporate Update

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Sue Bowers updated the Committee on corporate activity.

5. North West Overview

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Nathan Lee, Head of HLF North West, provided an overview of activity in the region.

SFF launch workshops had taken place across the North West. The new mandatory outcome had been well received. The team were pleased by the positive feedback from stakeholders.

Nathan provided an overview of projects across the North West which the Committee had funded over the years. The Committee noted that these projects had the potential to continue to provide benefits for years and provide sustainable futures for important heritage assets.

6. North West Budget

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Two second round applications totalling £1,075,500 had been received for decision.

7. Declarations of Interest

Oral

David Stocker mentioned that he was a Council Member for the National Trust, who were a partner in the Get Cumbria Buzzing (item 8) project. His role at the National Trust was advisory and he had no knowledge of the project. The Committee were content that this did not represent a conflict of interest.

SF4 second round applications for discussion and decision

8. Get Cumbria Buzzing; HG-17-02033

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  • Grantee: Cumbria Local Nature Partnership
  • Request: Grant of £912,800 (53%)

Project: Three-year scheme to increase the biodiversity and numbers of pollinating insects through addressing habitat fragmentation along two key pathways or ‘B-lines’ in Cumbria. A programme of activities would raise awareness of pollinator species and enhance habitats. New pollinator-friendly habitats would be created within school grounds, volunteers would be engaged in plug-planting and seeding to improve the condition of habitats, and a new website would be developed to house an online pollinator atlas for North Cumbria.

The Committee for the North West awarded a first round pass of £1,014,100 including a development grant of £87,100 (67% of total eligible development costs) in March 2018.

The Committee for the North West AWARDED a grant of £912,800 (53%).

9. 175: Legacies in the landscape - past, present and future; HG-17-04257

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  • Grantee: All Saints Church Thelwall
  • Request: Grant of £162,700 (57%)

Project: To undertake repairs and restoration to the Grade II listed All Saints Church in Thelwall, Warrington, and provide community engagement activities focusing on the conservation works, the history of the church and Old Thelwall village.

The Committee for the North West awarded first round pass of £165,900 including development grant of £3,200 (58% of total eligible development costs) in March 2018.

The Committee for the North West AWARDED a grant of £162,700 (57%).

10. Prioritisation of second round items

Oral

There was no need to prioritise the second round items.

SF4 second round Board applications for discussion and recommendation

11. Back On Our Map (BOOM): South Cumbria Species Restoration Project; HG-14-07703

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  • Grantee: University of Cumbria
  • Request: Grant of £1,056,400 (50%)

Project: Natural heritage restoration across the lowlands and low fells fringing Morecambe Bay in Cumbria, focusing on threatened flora and fauna, through a programme of species introductions and community engagement activities.

The Committee for the North West awarded a first round pass of £1,265,200 including development grant of £174,500 (89% of total eligible development costs) in March 2017.

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

12. Keep on Moving: the music and stories of Manchester’s migrant communities;

HG-17-00394

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  • Grantee: Inner City Music Ltd trading as Band on the Wall
  • Request: Grant of £1,400,000 (42%)

Project: To re-purpose the derelict Cocozza Wood building to increase and extend the offer of the adjacent Band on the Wall music and arts venue. The Victorian façade of the building would be retained and restored and the existing entrance and glass frontage of the Picturehouse would be adapted to increase external space and create a more prominent presence to the passing public. The education programme would be expanded to provide increased community engagement.

The Committee for the North West awarded a first round pass of £1,437,000 including development grant of £37,000 (88% of total eligible development costs) in December 2017.

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

13. Prioritisation of second round Board cases

Oral

Of the two high priority cases, the Committee considered that Keep on Moving (item 12) represented the highest priority for support.

Papers for discussion

14. Communications Report

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The Committee noted the report.

15. Any other business

Oral

There was none.

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