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Agenda Item No.

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT): 17TH APRIL, 2012

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 28TH MARCH, 2012

 

 

C1680          VALE OF GLAMORGAN HERITAGE CENTRE - OPTIONS APPRAISAL (EDR) (SCRUTINY - ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) -

 

Cabinet had, in April 2010, decided that an Options Appraisal Study be funded to examine the issues associated with establishing and locating a Heritage Project in the Vale of Glamorgan.  DBA Consulting had subsequently been appointed, the commission being to look at the following issues:

  • setting up a new museum
  • developing a Heritage Museum that did not physically collect and display objectives
  • supporting other local Heritage organisations
  • an assessment of the broad capital and revenue implications of each option along with advice on potential sources of funding / grants.

DBA Consulting had carried out its assessment involving a number of local organisations together with the Council and other stakeholders. As a consequence, the following conclusions had been reached:

 

There was a strong stakeholder desire to:

  • Improve stewardship of and care for the heritage including collections, objects and buildings.
  • Develop an understanding and community awareness of more intangible heritage such as local stories, culture and identity.
  • Create and provide public access to the heritage - to build peoples understanding of the heritage and the cultural identity of the local area amongst local people

Stakeholders and the Council wanted to:

  • Involve local communities in both experiencing and also operating a Centre
  • To create volunteering opportunities and develop the participation in heritage that already exists around the local area

Additional factors from the Council included:

  • Creating a sustainable service with minimal revenue costs
  • Exploring the potential to provide a tourist attraction to increase the tourist offer of the local area, especially during poor weather
  • A need to attract investment for the capital development
  • An exploration of the operational model of any new development, and whether that should be community / volunteer led or professionally operated.

A number of options were consequently identified as shown in paragraph 5 of the report which were then examined against a cost benefit analysis.  The options appraisal and cost benefit analysis suggested that the option of a local history museum (volunteer operated with dedicated support) and that of a local history museum professionally operated could provide the most appropriate models to pursue since they offered significant heritage and sustainability benefits for relatively low cost.  The option relating to a local history museum (volunteer operated with dedicated support) could, it was considered, offer a quick win in terms of developing the heritage offer of the local area, with a view to growing the volunteer organisation into a professionally operated museum in the longer term.  It was also considered that the progression plan might be attractive to potential funders.

 

The report also suggested that it might be appropriate, initially, to fund a dedicated post to support and develop any proposals.  Funding for that post could come from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  It was noted that the progression of either of the above options would require the identification of a suitable space / building and, at present, no single location had been found although various locations had been considered by the space and operations analysis as indicated in paragraph 6 of the report.  It was noted that no specific funding was available.  Discussions were already taking place within the context of the Barry Regeneration Area to develop a culture based project which would include potential heritage facilities.  The DBA Consulting report also identified potential areas of funding and consideration would need to be given to whether a project could be developed which would enable access to funding from bodies such as the Heritage Lottery Fund, Welsh Government Heritage Grants, CADW and a number of foundations which were available in Wales and the United Kingdom.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED -

 

(1)       T H A T the report from DBA Consulting be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T discussions be held with the relevant Heritage Groups to progress the recommendations.

 

(3)       T H A T further work be undertaken on the capital and revenue costs involved.

 

(4)       T H A T the report be referred to the Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) for consideration.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To note the Consultant’s report.

 

(2&3)  To progress the project.

 

(4)       To allow the Scrutiny Committee to consider the matter.”

 

 

 

 

Attached as Appendix - Report to Cabinet: 28th March, 2012

 

 

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