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The Vale of Glamorgan Council

Cabinet Meeting: 8th April 2013

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

Welsh Government Consultation on Common Agricultural Policy Reform 2014 -2020. A Vale of Glamorgan Council Response

 

Purpose of the Report

1.         To inform Cabinet of a Welsh Government consultation on Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform 2014-2020, and to seek agreement on a response to the consultation. The Welsh Government consultation document with the situational analysis of Rural Wales can be accessed online via the links under 'background papers' and copies have been made available in the Members room.

Recommendations

1.         That Cabinet approves the suggested response at Appendix 3 to the consultation on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020 and its submission to Welsh Government.

2.         That the Council engage with a range of partner organisations to gain support for the Council's position.

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

Reasons for the Recommendations

1.         To enable the Council to respond to the consultation by 23rd April 2013.

2.         To enable other partner organisations to be informed and potentially support the Council's stance in respect of the consultation.

3.         In order for the Economy and Environment Scrutiny Committee to be informed of the consultation response.

Background

2.         The Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-13 in the Vale of Glamorgan is currently delivered by Creative Rural Communities, the Council's Rural Regeneration Initiative which was established in 2003. The 2007-2013 programme totals over £7.7 Million to date, directly benefiting the 10 rural wards of the Vale, with indirect benefits to the urban areas of the county.

Relevant Issues and Options

3.         Creative Rural Communities has been successfully operating since 2003 and has delivered high quality community led projects with European & Welsh Government grants, using numerous external sources for match funding.  The Council is the lead body for the Partnership, employing 14 staff and carrying out all management and financial roles.

4.         There have been delays in the agreement of the next EU budget which have had a knock on effect to the CAP reform process and future programme timescales. Additional Welsh Government funding was recently awarded to extend the second RDP Business Plan for a year until December 2014. The Council currently match funds this £3.95M phase (2011-2013) of projects with £200,000 of capital funding.

5.         The timescales for the next Rural Development Plan have yet to be confirmed, but this consultation will inform future delivery models along with the thematic and geographical targeting of any future resources. 

6.         The Vale of Glamorgan Rural Partnership, which is facilitated by the Council is also likely to submit is own response to the consultation document. Key multi sector partners will also be encouraged to submit responses to this consultation.

7.         The Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes has established a Rural Advisory Group to assist in the development of the new RDP programmes. The WLGA is not represented on this group.

8.         A proposed response to the consultation document is attached at Appendix 3. In essence it aims to:

·                put a case forward for the ongoing inclusion of the rural Vale in the next RDP (2014-20)

·                argue the case for the retention of the delivery and administration of RDP at a local level in the Vale.  This would maintain momentum, community involvement and prevent a loss of knowledge that has been built up over the past 10 years.

·                emphasise the benefits of Local Government involvement in the RDP.

·                comment on thematic priorities for the next programme.

 

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

9.         This Welsh Government Consultation will inform the future of RDP. This could have significant implications on resources available for regeneration in the Vale after 2014, with secondary implications in terms of the Creative Rural Communities team based in Cowbridge.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

10.      There are no sustainability and climate change implications arising from this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

11.      There are no direct legal implications arising from the consideration of this Welsh Government consultation.

Crime and Disorder Implications

12.      There are no direct crime and disorder implications arising from the consideration of this Welsh Government consultation.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

13.      There are no equal opportunities implications arising from the consideration of this Welsh Government consultation.

Corporate/Service Objectives

14.      The consideration of this matter links to key corporate objectives relating to regeneration.

Policy Framework and Budget

15.      This report is a matter for Executive Decision by Cabinet.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

16.      All rural ward members have been consulted on this document. Any responses will be reported verbally.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

17.      Economy and Environment

Background Papers

Appendix 1 - The Common Agricultural Policy Reform - Rural Development Plan 2014-2020: Next Steps. A copy of this shall be available in the Member's room.

 

Appendices 2a-d - The Situational Analysis outlines the situation of Rural Wales - economically, environmentally and socially. A copy of this shall be available in the Member's room.

 

Appendix 2a - Situational Analysis part 1

Appendix 2b - Situational Analysis part 2

Appendix 2c - Situational Analysis part 3

Appendix 2d - Situational Analysis part 4

 

Contact Officer

Phil Chappell, Principal Rural Regeneration Officer

 

Officers Consulted

Senior Capital Accountant, Financial Services

Legal Committee Reports

Business Manager, Partnerships

Operational Manager, Planning & Transportation

Operational Manager, Leisure & Tourism

Operational Manager, Countryside & Economic Projects

Principal Economic Development Officer x 2

 

Responsible Officer:

Rob Thomas - Director of Development Services