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Agenda Item No. 10(a)

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

COUNCIL MEETING: 17 DECEMBER 2014

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET:  22 SEPTEMBER 2014

 

 

C2467            CREATIVE RURAL COMMUNITIES – RURAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN LEADER PROGRAMME (2014-2020) (RIPT) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) -           

 

Approval was sought to submit a Rural Local Development Strategy for the Vale of Glamorgan covering the period 2014-2020 and to accept the Welsh Government indicative allocation for the Vale of Glamorgan and approve associated match funding for the programme (2014/15 - 2020/21).

 

The Council had been delivering a programme under Axes 3 & 4 of the Rural Development Plan for Wales (RDP) programme for the 10 rural Wards of the Vale for 6 years, valued at £7.7 Million.  The RDP was a Welsh Government plan feeding into a European level programme and covered a wide range of activities in rural areas including direct farm subsidies. 

 

Delivery in the Vale had been through a Partnership and Local Action Group (LAG) formed of community, public, voluntary and private sector representatives as required by the RDP.  The Partnership was established and was led by the Council as part of its Economic Development Unit.  It was known as Creative Rural Communities (CRC).  CRC helped businesses, groups and individuals develop capacity to support themselves making them less reliant on grant funding in the longer term.  It also provided substantial grant aid for community projects, business expansion and creation of new businesses, primarily in the tourism sector.

 

The current programme had been considered a success with high levels of funding commitment and excellent outcomes against targets.

 

The next (RDP) programme for 2014-2020 differed to the current programme. The Council would only be able to directly access the equivalent to Axis 4, known as LEADER.  Axis 3 provided for large grants to be delivered by CRC but in the new programme Welsh Government proposed to retain these grants and CRC would need to bid into a fund on a project by project basis, or work with groups who wished to do so.  LEADER is a (French) acronym which translates to "Liaison among Actors in Rural Economic Development". It used local knowledge to promote a joined-up "bottom up" community-led delivery of RDP projects, and involves animating the local community into action to regenerate itself.

 

The 2014-20 programme was expected to start in January 2015 and would run for 6 calendar years until December 2020.

 

LEADER needed to be delivered through a rural Local Development Strategy (LDS). An integrated draft strategy for the regeneration of the rural Vale had been drafted and was attached at Appendix 1 to the report.

 

The LDS offered the opportunity of delivering an innovative programme across the rural Vale of Glamorgan. The LEADER funding would enable a range of activities that would research best practice, test new ideas, trial new schemes and build capacity in the rural communities. As these activities developed from proving concepts towards market implementation, they would be able to draw on further support from other grants as well as from commercial and charitable sectors.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the draft Rural Local Development Strategy as attached at Appendix A to the report be endorsed and submitted to Welsh Government as a bid for grant under the LEADER strand of the Rural Development Plan for Wales.

 

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(7)       T H A T the Council's Urgent Decision procedure, in accordance with Article 13.09 of the Council's Constitution, be implemented in respect of resolution 1.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       In order to achieve Council Regeneration objectives.

 

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(7)       In order to allow submission of the LDS within the grant deadline.

 

 

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