Wales: Committee decisions June 2019

Minutes of the meeting of the Committee for Wales held in the Cardiff office on Wednesday 12 June 2019 at 9.30 a.m.

 

Members:      

  • Kay Andrews (Chair)
  • Nigel Clubb
  • James Davies
  • Megan de Silva
  • Sally Edwards
  • David Robinson
  • Malcolm Smith

Attending:

  • Representative from Campbell Tickell

 

Committee Business

  1. Chair’s Report

Oral

Baroness Kay Andrews welcomed everyone to the meeting.

  1. Minutes of the meeting on 5 March 2019

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

  1. Declarations of Interest

Oral

There were none.

  1. Corporate Update

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Colin Bailey presented an update on corporate activity.

  1. Governance Review

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A session took place with the representative from Campbell Tickell.

  1. Country Directors Report

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The Head of The National Lottery Heritage Fund Wales, provided an overview of projects in Wales.

  1. Country Grant Budget Paper 2019-20                                                                                      

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Eight second round cases totalling £10,311,000 had been received. Members noted the requirement to make savings of 20% at second round over the year

  1. SF4 Round 2 and SFF applications Overview Paper

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The overview report provided context for SF4 Round Two project applications to aid discussion and prioritisation.

 

SF4 second round applications for discussion and decision:

  1. Connecting the Dragons: restoring reptile and amphibian populations and habitats in southern Wales: HG-16-05704                                                                            

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Grantee: Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust

Request: Grant of £428,700 (61%)

Project: To address the conservation needs of the Sand Lizard, Common Toad, Adder, Gras Snake and Great Crested Newt in South Wales through habitat creation and conservation, population and habitat monitoring, using promotional and media campaigns to raise public awareness and promote their importance, helping change attitudes and perceptions of amphibians and reptiles in Wales.

The Committee for Wales awarded a first round pass of £488,900 including a development grant of £60,100 (80% of eligible development costs) in December 2017.

The Committee for Wales AWARDED a grant of £428,700 (61%)

 

  1. Dyfi Wildlife Centre: A Community Project: HG-17-07776

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Grantee: Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust

Request: Grant of £525,500 (39%)

Project: To establish a new Wildlife Centre on the Cors Dyfi Reserve, providing new facilities for staff, volunteers and visitors.  The new building would replace the two existing dilapidated portacabins which had previously been used as a welcome centre and would include permanent interpretation, wildlife watching, a café, meeting room and exhibition centre.  Disabled access would be provided.

The Committee for Wales awarded a first round pass of £569,400 including a development grant of £43,900 (48% of eligible development costs) in June 2018.

The Committee for Wales AWARDED a grant of £525,500 (39%)

 

  1. Maesteg Town Hall redevelopment: HG-17-05714

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Grantee: Bridgend County Borough Council

Request: Grant of £774,900 (10%)

Project: To repair, restore and redevelop Maesteg Town Hall to create an integrated arts and heritage hub.  The scheme would provide access to all but the top floor of the building by elevator, new offices, a retail space and accessible toilets.  A programme of training and community engagement would be delivered alongside the project.

The Committee for Wales awarded a first round pass of £871,700 including a development grant of £96,800 (49% of eligible development costs) in January 2018.

The Committee for Wales AWARDED a grant of £774,900 (10%)

 

  1.  Diogelu safle hanesyddol Plas Carmel er budd y gymdogaeth: HG-16-03546

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Grantee: Capel Carmel

Request: Grant of £350,400 (47%)

Project: To create a family home and heritage centre at the side of Capel Carmel’s Chapel, Chapel House and Old Shop.  Capital works would be undertaken to repair and conserve the buildings and the Chapel would be restored to its original state.  The Old Shop would be repaired and established as a new multi-purpose community and heritage centre and the Chapel House would become a residential unit for long term let.  Training opportunities would be provided including care of historic buildings and use of indigenous materials.

The Committee for Wales awarded a first round pass of £408,600 including a development grant of £58,200 (60% of eligible development costs) in December 2016.

The Committee for Wales REJECTED the application in light of concerns raised.

 

  1.  Cardigan Markethall Restoration and Access Improvements: HG-17-03186

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Grantee: Cardigan Building Preservation Trust

Request: Grant of £615,000 (37%)

Project: To repair and develop sustainable uses for the Grade II* listed Cardigan Market Hall.  The building was currently owned by Ceredigion County Council and the project would see the asset transferred to CBPT on a long leashold to undertake restoration.  The Upper Market area would be developed as a food court and the Lower Market would continue as a traditional market area.

The Committee for Wales awarded a first round pass of £713,300 including a development grant of £97,400 (89% of eligible development costs) in December 2017.

The Committee for Wales REJECTED the application in light of concerns raised.

 

  1. A National Broadcast Archive for Wales: Access for all to the BBC Wales Archive: HG-16-06180

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Grantee: National Library of Wales

Request: Grant of £4,751,000 (53%)

Project: A five year project to create the UK’s first National Broadcast Archive in partnership with BBC Wales.  The scheme would be delivered through four regional clip centres and would preserve and transform access to BBC Wales’ archives, engaging new audiences.

The Board of Trustees awarded a first round pass of £4,911,000 including a development grant of £160,000 (26% of eligible development costs) in March 2017.

The Committee for Wales AWARDED a grant of £4,751,000 (53%)

 

  1. Ynys Cybi: Ynys i’w Thrysori – Our Island Gem: LP-15-05302

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Grantee: Cyngor Sir Ynys Mon – Isle of Anglesey County Council

Request: Grant of £1,146,000 (64%)

Project: A scheme focussed on the coastal landscape of Holy Island, Anglesey.  The project would reconnect people with the distinctive island heritage of ‘Ynys Cybi’, celebrating its culture, landscapes and communities.  Key features of the natural heritage of the area including the farmed landscape and maritime environment would be conserved and ‘at risk’ habitats and species would be protected.  Access to archives, museum collections and memories/stories of the island that were not held locally would be improved and learning and training opportunities would be delivered.

The Board of Trustees awarded a first round pass of £1,261,600 including a development grant of £115,600 (77% of eligible development costs) in October 2016.

The Committee for Wales AWARDED a grant of £1,146,000 (64%)

 

  1. Partneriaeth Tirwedd y Carneddau Landscape Partnership Scheme: LP-15-06776

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Grantee: Awdurdod Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri / Snowdonia National Park Authority

Request: Grant of £1,719,500 (41%)

Project: A scheme focussed of the Carneddau Massif, within the Snowdonia National Park.  The project would conserve and maintain heritage of the uplands and connect people with the landscape.  Works would include traditional boundary repairs, habitat conservation and monitoring activity to identify and protect vulnerable habitats.  Young people would be engaged through training and learning opportunities.

The Board of Trustees awarded a first round pass of £1,918,200 including a development grant of £198,700 (57% of eligible development costs) in October 2016.

The Committee for Wales AWARDED a grant of £1,719,500 (41%)

 

  1.  Prioritisation

The Committee rejected both Diogelu safle hanesyddol Plas Carmel er budd y gymdogaeth (item 12), Cardigan Markethall Restoration and Access Improvements (item 13), and funded:

  • Connecting the Dragons: restoring reptile and amphibian populations and habitats in southern Wales (HG-16-05704)
  • Dyfi Wildlife Centre: A Community Project (HG-17-07776)
  • Maesteg Town Hall redevelopment (HG-17-05714)
  • A National Broadcast Archive for Wales: Access for all to the BBC Wales Archive (HG-16-06180)
  • Ynys Cybi: Ynys i’w Thrysori – Our Island Gem (LP-15-05302)
  • Partneriaeth Tirwedd y Carneddau Landscape Partnership Scheme (LP-15-06776)

 

SFF applications for discussion and decision:

  1. Lost Peatlands of South Wales Project / Prosiect Adfer Mawndiroedd De Cymru: OL-18-06271                                                                                                             

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Grantee: Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Request: Development Grant of £260,100 with a potential Delivery Grant of £1,863,500.

Project: To increase the extent and condition of habitats in the Pen y Cymoedd Upland Plateau to support its species. Over 67sq km of habitats including peat bog, heathland, grassland and native woodland would be restored by reinstating hydrological regimes, removing non-native forestry cover and the introduction of appropriate grazing. Natural retention measures would be installed to reduce the flow of water and reduce the risk of flooding within the valley communities. An associated activity programme for local schools and a training programme for professionals, students and volunteers would be delivered.

The Committee for Wales AWARDED a Development Grant of £260,100 with a potential Delivery Grant of £1,863,500.

 

SFF applications for discussion and decision:

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The overview report provided context for SFF Single Stage applications to aid discussion and prioritisation.

 

Project: Healthy Reds, a volunteer led project to enhance the red squirrel population in mid Wales: OM-18-06711

Grantee: Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

Request: Grant of £247,100 (82%)

Project: A habitat restoration project in partnership with Mid Wales Red Squirrel Partnership (MWRSP) to monitor, conserve and promote red squirrel populations in Mid Wales.

The Committee AWARDED a Grant of £247,100 (82%)

 

Project: Nevern Tower and Bells Project: OM-18-06567

Grantee: Nevern Church

Request: Grant of £123,600 (38%)

Project: A repair and restoration project concentrating on the repairs to the 15th Century Nevern Church Bell Tower, Grade II* listed.

The Committee AWARDED a Grant of £123,600 (38%)

 

Papers for information

  1. Communications Report

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The Committee noted the report.

 

Any other business

Oral

There was none.

The next meeting would be held on 4 September 2019.