Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT): 17TH APRIL, 2012
REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 28TH MARCH, 2012
“C1681 BARRY TOWN CENTRE - FRAMEWORK FOR FUTURE PUBLIC REALM IMPROVEMENTS (EDR) (SCRUTINY - ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) -
Powell Dobson Urbanists had been appointed in March 2009 to undertake a study in respect of the above. The structure of the consultant’s final report was summarised within paragraph 5 of the report before Members under the following headings:
Introduction and Brief
Strategic Regeneration Proposals
Regeneration Vision and Objectives
Public Realm Sketch Proposals (outlining street design principles)
Best Practice Case Studies
Public Realm Sketch Proposals in respect of Holton Road (central), Thompson Street and Gladstone Road
Dock View Road
Consultation and Engagement
Implementation and Delivery
The main conclusions were that there was significant support for works to improve the appearance of the key areas but that an ongoing programme of consultation should be established once funding had been secured. The cost report highlighted that the total package of works was in the order of £7.7m. To date, it was noted that the final report had unlocked £1.1m. (Welsh Government Barry Regeneration Area Programme) for the Thompson Street Public Realm Improvement Project and £1.2m. (Welsh Government Private Sector Housing Renewal Programme) for the Castleland Renewal Area Housing Facelift Programme. The final costs of the report produced by Powell Dobson Urbanists was £68,218 and was in fact under budget.
The Cabinet Member referred to disturbing allegations in the press that funding in respect of the above had, in fact, been allocated elsewhere within the Vale. He categorically stated that those allegations were completely untrue and a disgraceful smear on the Council and its officers.
This was a matter for Executive decision.
(1) T H A T the report produced by Powell Dobson Urbanists continue to be used to inform future consultation and project implementation as resources became available.
(2) T H A T the report be referred to the Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment).
Reasons for decisions
(1) To have regard to the broad consensus for change and investment in and around Barry Town Centre.
(2) To ensure that Members of the Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) are kept informed of progress on the matter.”
Attached as Appendix - Report to Cabinet: 28th March, 2012