Wales Committee meeting minutes June 2021

Minutes of the meeting of the Committee for Wales held virtually on Thursday 10 June 2021 at 9.30am.

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Members

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

Committee Business

1. Welcome

Oral

The Chair welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the year for the Committee for Wales.

2. Minutes of the meeting on 11 March 2021

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

3. Chair's Report

Oral

The chair expressed thanks to the Wales team for their continued commitment through another challenging quarter.

There had been exemplary leadership shown in the past 12 months. Wales engaged with a number of new partnerships, tackling critical priorities alongside Cadw, Natural Resources Wales and Welsh Government. Wales led on Grant in Aid initiatives, enabling The Fund's forward thinking post pandemic.

Welsh organisations faced a challenge in ‘recovery’ post pandemic. The Fund and team should expect difficult conversations on capacity and resilience as we support the sector to strengthen its recovery.

4. Corporate Update

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Eilish McGuinness, Executive Director of Business Delivery, provided an update on corporate activity.  

5. Country Director's Report

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

6. Country Grant Budget Paper 2020‒21

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The Head of Investment Wales presented the budget paper.

There were two second round applications totalling £1,518,000 and one development round application, with a development grant request of £932,700 and a potential delivery grant request of £4,065,100.

7. Unloved Heritage Project Snapshot

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Members received a presentation on Cadw Unloved Heritage Project.

8. Declarations of Interest

Oral

A conflict of interest was declared for item 12, Bywyd Newydd i’r Hen Goleg / New Life for Old College (HG-16-06352).

SF4 Second round applications for discussion and decision

Flat Holm: A Walk Through Time (HG-18-01244)

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Grantee: Cardiff Council

Request: Delivery grant of £645,200 (58%)

Project: To restore the built and natural heritage of Flat Holm Island and raise awareness of the island within the wider community. Capital works on the island would include the restoration of the foghorn station and stabilisation of the cholera isolation hospital and laundry building.

A programme of activities on the island would include scrub management to improve biodiversity and habitats, guided tours and interpretation of built structures. An internship programme and training workshops would be delivered. A range of mainland interpretation and community engagement activities would be delivered in Cardiff Bay.

The Committee for Wales agreed the application represented a high priority for support and awarded a first round pass of £797,400 including development grant of £152,500 (61% of total eligible development costs) in September 2018.

The Committee for Wales awarded a delivery grant of £645,200 (58%).

10. Restoration and Renovation of the Marquess of Anglesey’s Column and Cottage (HG-17-03485)

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Grantee: Anglesey Column Trust

Request: Delivery grant of £872,800 (49%)

Project: To restore the Marquess of Anglesey Column. The original cottage on the site would be restored and transformed into a visitor engagement centre including a café and shop. Disabled access would be created on site together with a viewing platform at the base of the column and disabled parking would also be provided. An associated programme of activities would be delivered.

The Committee for Wales agreed the application represented a medium priority for support and awarded a first round pass of £699,800 including development grant of £59,800 (68% of total eligible development costs) in November 2018.

The Committee for Wales awarded a delivery grant of £872,800 (49%).

SFF development round applications for discussion and decision

11. Natur Am Byth! – Adfer rhywogaethau dan fygythiad yng Nghymru / Saving Wales’ threatened species (OL-20-00041)

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Grantee: Natural Resources Wales

Request: Development grant of £932,700 (72%) and potential delivery grant of £4,065,100 (57%)

Project: The first large-scale partnership of its kind in Wales, the project would facilitate stronger connections between communities and nature across Wales to support long-term sustainability. The project would support 62 vulnerable species, 44 of which are identified as being endangered or critically endangered in Wales.

Physical works would improve local habitats, whilst the partnership will enable greater collective impact to build sector capacity. Flexible volunteering and cross-partner training provided would improve knowledge and expertise.

The Committee for Wales agreed the application represented a high priority for support and awarded a development grant of £932,700 (72%) and potential delivery grant of £4,065,100 (57%).

SF4 grant increase for discussion and recommendation to the Board

12. Bywyd Newydd i’r Hen Goleg / New Life for Old College (HG-16-06352)

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Grantee: Aberystwyth Uni (Old College)

Request: Grant increase of £1,378,700 to make a total grant of £11,111,000

Project: Grade I listed building on a prominent site on Aberystwyth’s promenade and the original home of Wales’ first university. The Old College project will restore and repurpose for future generations one of the nation’s most important historic buildings. It will create a major centre for culture, learning, and enterprise. The project will safeguard and celebrate heritage of major significance, create new spaces to explore, learn and enjoy and attract more visitors and tourists to the town, acting as a catalyst for regeneration in a disadvantaged area of rural Wales.

The Committee for Wales considered this a high priority and recommended a grant increase of £1,378,700 to Board.

SFF development round applications for discussion and recommendation to the Board

13. Heritage Horizon Awards Overview

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Eilish McGuinness presented an overview of the Heritage Horizon Awards applications.

14. HHA2019: Creative Archives ‒ Denbighshire & Flintshire Joint Archive Project (OL-19-04198)

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Grantee: Denbighshire County Council

Request: Development grant of £595,100 and potential delivery grant of £10,992,800

Project: Creation of the purpose-built joint archive in Mold, North East Wales, will facilitate a fundamental shift in archive operations for both Denbighshire and Flintshire County Councils, from simply handling and preserving collections to using them to engage new audiences.

The Committee for Wales considered this a high priority and recommended an award to Board.

Papers for Information

15. Wales Environmental Growth Funding Report

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Members received the overview report on the Wales Environmental Funding packages including Local Places for Nature, Community Woodlands and Green Recovery Fund.

16. Wales Annual Review 2020/2021

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Members received the Wales Annual Review for 2020/2021.

17. Wales Team Plan 2021/2022

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Paper removed.

18. Communications Report

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Members received the overview report on recent press communications.

19. Any Other Business

Oral

There was none.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday 9 September 2021.

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