Wales: committee decisions March 2019

Summary report of the meeting of the Committee for Wales held in the Cardiff office on Tuesday 5 March 2019 at 9.30am.

Members:      

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

Committee Business

1. Chair’s Report

Oral

Baroness Kay Andrews welcomed everyone to the meeting.

2. Minutes of the meeting on 21 November 2018

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

3. Matters arising from the minutes

Oral

The Committee asked if there had been any progress on obtaining the Welsh Buildings at Risk Register since the past meeting. Cadw was currently experiencing staffing changes and as a result it had been difficult to resolve this.

4. Corporate Update

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Anne Jenkins presented an update on corporate activity.

5. Wales Overview

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

There had been a number of staffing changes in Cardiff. The team had experimented with having a part time resource in North Wales which had worked well and provided valuable lessons in the advantages and challenges of working remotely.

6. Wales Budget

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Three second round cases totalling £1,418,100 had been received. Members noted the requirement to make savings of 20% at second round over the year.

7. Declarations of Interest

Oral

Nigel Clubb mentioned that the Hidden Hillfort project was being supplied with archaeological information from the Historic Environment Record (HER) which was managed by the Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust of which he was a Trustee. The Committee were content that this did not constitute a conflict of interest as HER was a statutory public record.

SF4 second round applications for discussion and decision:

8. Organ restoration and regeneration project; HG-13-10587

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Grantee: Canolfan a Menter Gymraeg Merthyr Tudful

Request: Grant of £230,300 (62%)

Project: To restore the historic organ located in the grade II listed Theatr Soar and employ a project officer to lead three year a programme of activities to raise awareness of the instrument and Merthyr Tydfil's musical heritage.

The Committee for Wales awarded a first round pass of £272,300 including a development grant of £42,000 (87% of eligible development costs) in March 2016.

The Committee for Wales AWARDED a grant of £230,300 (62%).

9. Cynllun Canolfan Glanhwfa - Canolfan Grefyddol, Gymunedol, Diwylliannol a Threftadaeth Llangefni; HG-16-01518

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Grantee: Canolfan Glanhwfa Cyf

Request: Grant of £358,500 (33%)

Project: To create a modern multi-purpose centre as a meeting place for the community of Llangefni. The proposals would safeguard and adapt the Moreia Chapel building and improve the condition of the meeting rooms with the primary focus of improving services for older people and create inter-generational opportunities and activities.

The Committee for Wales awarded a first round pass of £422,100 including a development grant of £63,600 (91% of eligible development costs) in September 2016.

The Committee for Wales REJECTED the application.

10. The Hidden Hillfort Project; HG-16-01321

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Grantee: ACE (Action in Caerau & Ely)

Request: Grant of £829,300 (54%)

Project: To make Caerau Hillfort an integral part of the fabric of the community in West Cardiff through the creation of a new Heritage Centre. Working with local people as co-creators, co-researchers and co-curators, the Hidden Hillfort experience would be a place of opportunity, creativity, fun and learning. A programme of excavation, surveys and historical and archaeological research would be delivered to inform conservation and management.

The Committee for Wales awarded a first round pass of £986,200 including a development grant of £156,900 (69% of eligible development costs) in December 2016.

The Committee for Wales AWARDED a grant of £829,300 (54%).

SF4 Change to approved purposes

11. Holyhead Townscape Transformation 2016-2020; TH-05-00267/2

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Grantee: Isle of Anglesey County Council

Request: Change to approved purposes

Project: The Committee for Wales awarded a grant of £1,550,000 (51%) in December 2015 for a scheme focused on Holyhead’s Central Conservation Area. The area contained 17 listed buildings and a scheduled ancient monument, a walled Roman fort. Public realm works focused on the immediate surroundings of St Cybi’s and Market Street. A programme of learning and participation opportunities was also be delivered. A change to approved purposes was requested to approve the inclusion of acquisition costs of up to £100,000 for Holyhead Market Hall.

The Committee for Wales APPROVED a change to approved purposes.

SF4 Change to grant percentage

12. Tredegar Townscape Heritage Initiative; TH-09-03334

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Grantee: Blaenau Gwent County Borough Initiative

Request: Change to grant percentage from 50% to 63%

Project: The Committee for Wales awarded a grant of £1,550,000 (50%) in December 2013 for a project within the historic core of Tredegar conservation area. A broad range of complimentary initiatives would also be delivered. A change in grant percentage from 50% to 63% was now requested due to a loss of anticipated partnership funding. Approval would enable the final and most prominent project to proceed.

The Committee for Wales awarded a grant of £1,550,000 (50%) in December 2013.

The Committee for Wales APPROVED a change to grant percentage from 50% to 63%.

Papers for discussion

13. Communications Report

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The Committee noted the report.

14. Any other business

Oral

There was none.

The next meeting would be held on 12 June 2019.