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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Cabinet Meeting: 23rd July, 2012

 

Report of the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation

 

Barry Regeneration Area

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             The purpose of this report is to update Cabinet as to the current position with the Barry Regeneration Area.  The report also advises of the next stages to the Welsh Government’s Ministerial review of regeneration priorities.

Recommendations

1.             That the current position with the Barry Regeneration Area be noted.

2.             That a copy of this report be presented to the Economy and Environment Scrutiny Committee for information.

3.             That a further report be presented to Cabinet and Economy and Environment Scrutiny Committee regarding the review of regeneration priorities following further discussion with the Welsh Government.

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.             The report outlines the current position and is noted.

2.             To apprise the Committee of the current position.

3.             To allow further details to be reported in due course for Members' views.

Background

2.             The Barry Regeneration Area programme was launched by the Welsh Government in March 2010.  A total of £9.8m of Welsh Government investment was allocated to the programme, which was initially intended to run for three years (April 2010 - March 2013 inclusive).  However, following the UK Government’s Spending Review, this allocation was re-profiled over four years.

 

 

 

3.             The current financial position is:

Investment in 2010/11

£3.0m

Investment in 2011/12

£2.5m

Anticipated allocation for 2012/13*

£1.0m

Anticipated allocation for 2013/14*

£3.3m

 

 

* Subject to Ministerial agreement of the budget profile

 

4.             The Barry Regeneration Area Programme is overseen by a Partnership Board, which meets 3-4 times a year and makes recommendations to the Minister about strategy and funding decisions.  The Welsh Government’s team for Barry provides the secretariat support to the Partnership Board and leads on working with internal and external partners. 

5.             The original (July 2010) member organisations of the Partnership Board were:

Welsh Government (2 places)

Vale of Glamorgan Council (2 places)

Pride in Barry (1 place)

Newydd Housing Association (1 place)

Cardiff and Vale College (1 place)

Vale Centre for Voluntary Services (1 place)

 

In December 2011, the following organisations joined the Partnership Board, each with one place:

 

Waterfront Consortium

Dow Corning

Barry Island Traders

Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

 

6.             In 2010 -11 the Barry Regeneration Area Partnership Board, working with a wide range of local stakeholders, developed the following Themes and Priorities for the programme:

1. Physical regeneration and tourism

 

Town centre

Waterfront

Barry Island

 

2. Health and wellbeing

 

Housing

Lifestyle and behaviours

Leisure facilities

 

3. Housing and environment

 

Housing

Energy efficiency and micro-generation

 

The Partnership Board has also identified Skills and Employment as an overarching theme.

 

7.             The Themes and Priorities document in Appendix 1 was given Ministerial approval in July 2011 and a comprehensive projects list is in Appendix 2.  To date, the Barry Regeneration Area programme achievements include:

 

·               over £1m of public realm improvements, which has unlocked a further £1.2m of investment for the Castleland Renewal Area Housing Facelift Programme in 2011/12;

·               over £1.5m invested in the Innovation Quarter, helping to secure a new £7.5m, 68 job hotel and restaurant development;

·               over £400,000 to improve wellbeing in disadvantaged areas;

·               £1.8m on upgrading indoor and outdoor leisure facilities.

Relevant Issues and Options

8.             The Minister has written to the Leader asking him to nominate two Council representatives to join the Barry Regeneration Area Partnership Board (refer to letter in Appendix 3).  The Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation has been nominated to be the Partnership Board Chair, with the Director of Development Services nominated as the other Council representative.  A request has been made by Barry Town Council to join the Partnership Board and it is understood that the Minister has asked that this request be considered at the next meeting of the Partnership Board.

9.             A key decision for the Partnership Board in moving forward is the use of the remaining funding available in 2013-14 and decisions related to how the money will be invested.  A key possible area for investment involves the Barry Island resort. In addition consideration will need to be given to how the work of the Partnership Board relates to the Waterfront development and the future use of the Funfair and Nell's Point sites, the latter being in Council ownership and which is the subject of a separate report on the agenda for this meeting of Cabinet. 

10.        Meanwhile, the Welsh Government’s team is seeking to make strategic links across Government and beyond to maximise the benefits of the nearby St Athan - Cardiff Airport Enterprise Zone, the potential for a new campus for Cardiff and Vale College on the Waterfront, and other key programmes such as Communities First, Flying Start, Housing Renewal and Heritage Lottery Fund.

11.        In February 2012 the Welsh Government commenced a policy review of approaches to regeneration, including consideration of specific commitments to renew seaside towns and town centres.  As part of the review, the Welsh Government has commissioned teams of consultants to evaluate town centres located in all the Regeneration Areas across Wales and to examine the issues around seaside resorts.  The consultants will engage with Council Members and Officers and the Barry Regeneration Area Partnership Board over the coming weeks.  It is anticipated that the review will conclude in February 2013 with a policy announcement.  This will follow a period of formal consultation from October 2012.  As existing investment in the Barry Regeneration Area programme draws to a close in 2013-14, the Council is committed to achieving the best future investment strategy for Barry and will work constructively with the Welsh Government to achieve this.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)

12.        The Director of Development Services leads on the coordination of the Council's contribution to the Barry Regeneration Area programme and on informing the strategic direction that the Welsh Government should set for any future regeneration investment to achieve the best outcome for Barry.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

13.        There are no Legal Implications associated with this particular report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

14.        There are no Crime and Disorder Implications associated with this particular report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

15.        There are no Equal Opportunity Implications associated with this particular report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

16.        Investment in the Barry Regeneration Area contributes to a significant number of corporate priorities, objectives and actions due to the cross-cutting nature of the regeneration process and the role that the public, private and voluntary sectors play in delivering regeneration in practice.

Policy Framework and Budget

17.        This report is a matter for Executive decision by Cabinet.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

18.        Consultation with Ward Members and key stakeholders will be undertaken as necessary during the review of regeneration priorities following further discussion with the Welsh Government.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

19.        Economy and Environment.

Background Papers

Welsh Government, Barry Regeneration Area Themes and Priorities, July 2011

 

Contact Officer

Dave Williams, Principal Regeneration Officer

Tel: 01446 704753

 

Officers Consulted

Principal Accountant

Legal Services - Committee Reports

 

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas, Director of Development Services