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Agenda Item No. 5

 

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT): 16 MAY, 2013

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 8 APRIL 2013

 

C1297            Welsh Government Consultation on Common Agricultural Policy Reform 2014 -2020. A Vale of Glamorgan Council Response (REF) –

 

Members were informed of a Welsh Government consultation on Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform 2014-2020, and approval was sought to agree a response to the consultation.

 

The Rural Development Plan for Wales 2007-13 in the Vale of Glamorgan was currently delivered by Creative Rural Communities, the Council's Rural Regeneration Initiative which was established in 2003. The 2007-2013 programme totaled over £7.7 million to date, directly benefiting the 10 rural wards of the Vale, with indirect benefits to the urban areas of the county.

 

Creative Rural Communities had been successfully operating since 2003 and had delivered high quality community led projects with European & Welsh Government grants, using numerous external sources for match funding.  The Council was the lead body for the Partnership, employing 14 staff and carrying out all management and financial roles.

 

There had been delays in the agreement of the next EU budget which had a knock on effect to the CAP reform process and future programme timescales. Additional Welsh Government funding was recently awarded to extend the second RDP Business Plan for a year until December 2014. The Council currently match funded this £3.95m phase (2011-2013) of projects with £200,000 of capital funding.

 

The timescales for the next Rural Development Plan had yet to be confirmed, but this consultation would inform future delivery models along with the thematic and geographical targeting of any future resources. 

The Vale of Glamorgan Rural Partnership, which was facilitated by the Council was also likely to submit its’ own response to the consultation document. Key multi sector partners would also be encouraged to submit responses to this consultation.

 

The Deputy Minister for Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and European Programmes had established a Rural Advisory Group to assist in the development of the new RDP programmes. The WLGA is not represented on this group.

A proposed response to the consultation document was attached at Appendix 3 to the report. In essence it aimed to:

  • put a case forward for the ongoing inclusion of the rural Vale in the next RDP (2014-20)
  • argue the case for the retention of the delivery and administration of RDP at a local level in the Vale.  This would maintain momentum, community involvement and prevent a loss of knowledge that has been built up over the past 10 years.
  • emphasise the benefits of Local Government involvement in the RDP.
  • comment on thematic priorities for the next programme.

In presenting the report, the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation thanked the Principal Rural Regeneration Officer for his work in putting together the Council’s response to the Welsh Government consultation document.

 

The Cabinet Member also tabled Ward Member comments from Councillor Rhodri Treharne and commented that the below recommendations should address his concerns.

 

The Cabinet Member for Leisure Parks Culture and Sports Development also expressed his support for this item.

This was a matter for Executive decision

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)        T H A T the suggested response at Appendix 3 to the consultation as attached to the report on the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy 2014-2020 and its submission to Welsh Government be approved.

 

(2)        T H A T the Council engage with a range of partner organisations to gain support for the Council's position.

 

(3)        T H A T a copy of the report be forwarded to the Economy and Environment Scrutiny Committee for information purposes.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)        To enable the Council to respond to the consultation by 23 April, 2013.

 

(2)        To enable other partner organisations to be informed and potentially support the Council's stance in respect of the consultation.

 

(3)        In order for the Economy and Environment Scrutiny Committee to be informed of the consultation response.

 

 

Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 8 April 2013

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