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Agenda Item No.

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT): 4TH SEPTEMBER, 2012

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 23RD JULY, 2012

 

 

"C1780          BARRY REGENERATION AREA (RIPT) (SCRUTINY - ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) -

 

The Cabinet was apprised of the current position with regard to the above project with information advising of the next stages to the Welsh Government's Ministerial review of regeneration priorities.  The original Programme was launched by the Welsh Government in March 2010 and a total of £9.8 million of Welsh Government investment was allocated to the same which was initially intended to run for three years i.e. April 2010 to March 2013 inclusive.  However, following the UK Government's Spending Review, this allocation was re-profiled over four years.  The current financial position in respect of the programme was set out in the report including membership of the Partnership Board including its remit and cycle of meetings.

 

The Themes and Priorities document set out in Appendix 1 was given Ministerial approval in July 2011 and a comprehensive project list was set out in Appendix 2 to the report.  To date, the Barry Regeneration Area programme achievements included:

 

·               over £1 million of public realm improvements, which had unlocked a further £1.2 million of investment for the Castleland Renewal Area Housing Facelift Programme in 2011/12

·               over £1.5 million invested in the Innovation Quarter, helping to secure a new £7.5 million, 68 job hotel and restaurant development

·               over £400,000 to improve wellbeing in disadvantaged areas

·               £1.8 million on upgrading indoor and outdoor leisure facilities.

 

In addition to the above matters, the Minister had written to the Leader asking him to nominate two Council representatives to join the Barry Regeneration Area Partnership Board and consequently the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation had been nominated to be the Partnership Board Chairman, with the Director of Development Services nominated as the other Council representative. 

 

Cabinet were also informed that Barry Town Council would also be represented on the Partnership Board in future.

 

A key decision of the Partnership Board in moving forward was the use of the remaining funding available in 2013/14 and decisions relating to how the money would be invested.

 

The Welsh Government's team was also seeking to make strategic links across Government and beyond to maximise the benefits of the nearby St. Athan - Cardiff Airport Enterprise Zone, the potential for a new campus for Cardiff and Vale College on the Waterfront, and other key programmes such as Communities First, Flying Start, Housing Renewal and Heritage Lottery Fund.

 

In February 2012, the Welsh Government commenced a policy review of approaches to regeneration, including consideration of specific commitments to renew seaside towns and town centres.  As part of this review, the Welsh Government had commissioned teams of consultants to evaluate town centres located in all the Regeneration Areas across Wales and to examine the issues around seaside resorts.  The consultants would engage with Council Members and Officers and the Barry Regeneration Area Partnership Board over the coming weeks.  It was anticipated that a further review would conclude in February 2013 with a policy announcement.  This would follow a period of formal consultation from October 2012.

 

As the existing investment in the Barry Regeneration Area Programme drew to a close in 2013/14 the Council was committed to achieving the best future investment strategy for Barry and would work constructively with the Welsh Government to achieve the same.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED -

 

(1)       T H A T the progress in respect of the current position with the Barry Regeneration Area be noted.

 

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

 

(3)       T H A T a further report be submitted to Cabinet and the Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) regarding the review of regeneration priorities following further discussion with the Welsh Government.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To monitor progress in respect of progress made in the Barry Regeneration Area.

 

(2)       To allow the Scrutiny Committee to express a view on the matter.

 

(3)       To allow further details to be reported in due course for Member's views."

 

 

Attached as Appendix - Report to Cabinet: 23rd July, 2012

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