Wales: Committee decisions September 2019

Minutes of the meeting of the Committee for Wales held in the Cardiff office on Wednesday 4 September 2019 at 9.30 a.m.

Committee decisions for the Committee for Wales held in September 2019

Members:      

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

Apologies:

  • Kay Andrews (Chair)

 

Committee Business

1. Chair’s Report                                                                                                              

Oral

Nigel Clubb, Acting Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting.

Kay Andrews had sent apologies.

2. Minutes of the meeting on 12 June 2019                                                         

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

3. Declarations of Interest                                                                                                  

Oral

Megan de Silva declared a conflict of interest in the MonLife Heritage Strategy (item 13), submitted by Monmouthshire County Council

4. Corporate Update                                                                                            

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Eilish McGuiness presented an update on corporate activity.

5. Country Directors Report                                                                               

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The Country Director for Wales, provided an overview of projects in Wales.

6. Country Grant Budget Paper 2019-20                                                                

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Two second round grants under the previous Strategic Framework totalling £3,786,783 had been received, with two development Round applications for decision under the new Strategic Funding Framework totalling £611,400 and a further three SFF Single Stage cases totalling £517,000.

The Committee were reminded to be rigorous in the assessment of projects and to support those that are the strongest, high quality cases at delivery round.

7. SF4 Round 2 and SFF applications Overview                                                

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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

8. Wrexham Town Centre Townscape Heritage Scheme                                   

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Grantee: Wrexham County Borough Council

Request: Grant of £1,521,100 (25%)

Project: A five year Townscape Heritage scheme, tightly focused on the medieval core of Wrexham, contributing to the strategic vision for Wrexham. The project would enhance the appearance, character and function of the buildings through conservation based repairs, reinstatement of lost architectural features, bringing upper floor spaces into viable uses and subdividing larger ground floor retail units to support growth of independent retailers.

The Committee for Wales awarded a first round pass of £1,586,200 including a development grant of £65,000 (73% of eligible development costs) in February 2018.

The Committee for Wales AWARDED a grant of £1,521,100 (25%)

9. Re-development of YMCA, Merthyr Tydfil                                                      

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Grantee: Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council

Request: Grant of £2,265,700 (32%)

Project: To fully conserve the Grade II listed Merthyr Tydfil YMCA and convert it for full commercial use with creation of ten letting units, housing 9 enterprises. Extensive repairs would be undertaken to the 980m2 floorspace and an 8 space car park would be created behind the building. The YMCA would be legally transferred from the Cambrian Heritage Regeneration Trust to the Council.

The Board of Trustees awarded a first round pass of £2,200,200 without development funding in December 2018.

The Committee for Wales AWARDED a grant of £2,265,700 (32%)

 

10. Prioritisation

The Committee funded:

  1. Wrexham Town Centre TH

  2. Redevelopment of YMCA, Merthyr Tydfil

 

SFF applications for discussion and decision

11. Cardiff Market Restoration Project                                                           

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Grantee: Cardiff Council

Request: Development Grant of £124,400 (71% of total eligible development costs) and potential delivery grant of £1,537,600

Project: A five year project to sensitively restore and update the Grade II* Cardiff Market. Capital repairs would be made to internal and external roof lines, reordering balcony boxes, replacement clerestory windows, reinstatement of historical features, facades and doorway entrances, modernisation of stall drainage system and refurbishment of the Fish Market.  Adding value to the existing development of the Castle Quarter, preserving Cardiff’s current retail offer and preserving a well-regarded historical building at the heart of the city centre.

The Committee for Wales AWARDED a Development Grant of £124,400 with a potential Delivery Grant of £1,537,600. 

 

12. People | Passion | Priory: Brecon Cathedral, the Heart and Soul of Community

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Grantee: Brecon Cathedral

Request: Development Grant of £487,000 (70% of total eligible development costs) and potential delivery grant of £1,807,400

Project: A five year project addressing urgent repairs and enhancing the visitor experience. Capital repairs would be made to the Cathedral including all roofs, making the building watertight, masonry, lychgate and boundary walls around the Close. Internal reordering to the Cathedral and Tithe Barn would create a more flexible and user-friendly space. A new and improved accessible entrance would be created providing space for a shop, reception and storage. During the development phase a pilot roof repair project would be undertaken to complete the most urgent works and also provide training and public engagement activities.

The Committee for Wales REJECTED a Development Grant of £487,000 with a potential delivery grant of £1,807,400     

 

SFF applications for discussion and decision

13. SFF Single Stage £100k to £250k overview paper                                          

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

 

Project: Capel Mynach Chapel Community Regeneration Project

Grantee: Menter Cymunedol Mynach Cyfyngedig

Request: Grant of £156,400 (47%)

Project: A 9 month capital repair and interpretation project, providing a multiuse community space and visitor information centre.

The Committee AWARDED a Grant of  £156,400 (47%)

 

Project: Eglwys a Threfdadaeth: Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn: Church and Heritage

Grantee: St Michael’s Church, Llanfihangel-y-Creuddyn, Ceredigion

Request: Grant of £183,900 (75%)

Project: A capital restoration project concentrating on the repairs to the Grade II* listed (13th century) St Michael’s Church and including a range of engagement activities.

The Committee AWARDED a Grant of  £183,900 (75%)

 

Project: MonLife Heritage Strategy

Grantee: Monmouthshire County Council

Request: Grant of £176,700 (90%)

Project: A collaborative framework to safeguard the wide-ranging local heritage assets in Monmouthshire.

The Committee AWARDED a Grant of  £176,700 (90%)

 

Papers for information

 

14. Communications Report

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The Committee noted the report.

 

15. Any other business

Oral

There was none.

The next meeting would be held on 27 November 2019.