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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Community Liaison Committee: 9th July 2013

 

Report of the Managing Director

 

Barry Women's Trail

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To provide information about the Barry Women's Trail and to outline future developments.

Recommendation

1.             To note the introduction of the Barry Women's Trail and to endorse proposals for future developments.

Reason for the Recommendation

1.             To assist in the support of such developments.

Background

2.             The Barry Women's Trail was launched for International Women's Day 2013 in the Barry Memorial Hall and Theatre. It was the culmination of a year of work to celebrate the lives of outstanding local women, to develop an interest in local history and to provide an urban trail in order to promote walking for health.

3.             The development of the trail was publicised initially in the local press, calling for details of local women who had made a significant impact on the local area. The criteria were that they had to have a strong connection with Barry, and they must be deceased. As well as their names, information is included on their achievements, their dates of birth and death, and a local place with which they have a strong association.

4.             Nineteen local women were selected to be included in the trail, from a range of backgrounds including politicians, community leaders, health workers, police, educationalists, artists, trade unionists, suffragettes and social entrepreneurs. The project involved local historians and the library and information service was closely involved in its development.

5.              A leaflet has been developed, and the trail has been made available on the Vale Council's website. A copy of the leaflet (English and Welsh versions) are attached at Appendices A and B.

6.             Considerable publicity has been generated by the publication of the trail, which has been wholly positive for Barry. Leaflets are available in local libraries and have been distributed to tourism outlets.

7.             The introduction of blue plaques and commemorative benches is being investigated to further highlight the achievements of the women included in the trail, subject to resources being available.

Relevant Issues and Options

8.             There was some discussion at the outset of the project that the trail covered only the Barry area, and not the whole of the Vale. Such a project would have been too large to have achieved with the resources available, and the trail would not have been walkable in one day, possibly discouraging people from walking it, and potentially encouraging greater car use.

9.             However, there was a commitment made that if the trail proved successful that further trails could be developed in other areas. It is now proposed that a trail be developed for the Penarth and Sully area, with the celebration of International Women's Day 2014 taking place in Penarth.

10.        Further trails will be considered for development in future years.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

11.        The cost of 2,000 leaflets was £500. The remaining costs were provided within existing budgets or was given free of charge.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

12.        The trail encourages walking for health.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

13.        Owners of the premises that relate to the special places of association have been consulted regarding the placement of their property in the leaflet, and on the use of plaques to commemorate the women.

Crime and Disorder Implications

14.        The trail assists in fostering community pride, which has a positive effect on community safety.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

15.        The trail highlights the achievements of local women, which have been often been overlooked in the history and promotion of the local area.  One of the women listed in the trail (Ellen Evans) was extremely active in the promotion of the Welsh language and Welsh medium education.

Corporate/Service Objectives

16.        Community leadership.

Policy Framework and Budget

17.        This is a matter for Executive decision.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

18.          Councillors Bronwen Brooks and Lis Burnett.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

19.        Corporate Resources

Background Papers

 

Contact Officer

Beverly Noon (01446 709746)

Officers Consulted

Corporate Equalities Officer

Arts Development Officer

Senior Librarian, Barry Library

Mayor's PA

Leader's PA

Responsible Officer:

Sian Davies, Managing Director

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