Wales Committee meeting minutes March 2021

Minutes of the meeting of the Committee for Wales held virtually on Thursday 11 March 2021 at 9.30am.

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


  • Abigail Tweed

Committee Business

1. Welcome


Andrew White, Director for Wales, welcomed everyone to the fourth and final meeting of the year for the Committee for Wales.  

2. Register of Support Services


The members received an overview of the Register of Support Services Framework.

3. Minutes of the meeting on 3 December 2020 

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

4. Chair's Report


The Chair thanked the Wales team for all the work and dedication through the last 12 months. The Board of Trustees recognised that this has been an extremely demanding and challenging time for all.

Dr Simon Thurley CBE has been appointed Chair of The National Lottery Heritage Fund and the National Heritage Memorial Fund, succeeding René Olivieri, who has held the position of interim Chair since 2019.

Heritage sites, attractions and organisations are faced with dramatic loss of income as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Welsh organisations face a crisis in economic, social, infrastructure, identity and place, requiring a sensitive renewal and growth process.

5. Corporate Update

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Eilish McGuinness presented an update on corporate activity.

6. Country Director's Report

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

7. Country Grant Budget Paper 2020-21

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The Head of Investment Wales presented the budget paper. 

There was one second round application, and one grant increase on the agends, totalling £2,191,100.  

8. Project snapshot: Outreach with a Porpoise Project

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The members received an overview of the Outreach with a Porpoise project.

9. Funding Priorities 2021-22 and National Lottery Grants for Heritage 2021-22

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The members received an overview of the Priorities for National Lottery Grants for Heritage 2021-22

Members were also made aware of the following information: 

Full range of National Lottery funding resumes with refocused priorities for 2021-22 
Priorities for heritage 2021-22 video
Updated Outcomes webpage

10. Declarations of Interest


There were none.

SFF Second round applications for discussion and decision

11. 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: Grant of £1,563,000 (56%)

Project: To increase the extent and condition of habitats in the Pen y Cymoedd Upland Plateau to support its species. Over 540ha of habitats, including peat bog and pools, heathland, grassland and native woodland would be restored, with reinstated hydrological regimes, removal of non-native forestry cover, natural regeneration and introduction of appropriate grazing. 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 first round pass of £1,863,500, including a development grant of £260,100 (60% of total eligible development costs) in September 2018.

The Committee for Wales awarded a grant of £1,563,000 (56%).

SF4 Second round applications for discussion and decision

12. The Regeneration of Hay Castle: HG-13-04910

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Grantee: Hay Castle Trust

Request: Grant Increase of £628,100 to make a total grant of £5,095,700

Project: The project would restore Hay Castle, an at-risk Grade I listed castle and Scheduled Ancient Monument set within Grade II listed grounds. The project would make the castle publicly accessible for the first time in its 900-year history. Capital works would include the creation of a three-storey light filled structure with a roof top terrace in the derelict roofless part of the manor to provide exhibition space and visitor facilities.  

An associated programme of learning, participation and traditional building skills development opportunities aimed at establishing the castle as a sustainable, centre for history and the arts would also be delivered.

The Committee for Wales awarded a grant increase of £628,100 to make a total grant of £5,095,700

Papers for Information

13. Wales Environmental Growth Funding Report

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The programme manager presented an update on the Wales Environmental Funding packages including Local Places for Nature, Community Woodlands and Green Recovery Fund.

14. Communications Report

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The communications manager presented an update on the recent press communications, which included Newport Transporter Bridge.

15. Any other business


There was none.


The next meeting would be held on Thursday 10 June 2021.