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Agenda Item No. 5

 

 

THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL

 

SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT): 1 APRIL 2014

 

REFERENCE FROM CABINET: 24 MARCH 2014

 

C2265            FUTURE REGENERATION PARTNERSHIP WORKING ARRANGEMENTS IN BARRY – REVIEW AND OPTIONS APPRAISAL (RIPT) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) –

 

Members were asked to consider options for future regeneration partnership working arrangements in Barry following the conclusion of the Welsh Government's Barry Regeneration Area Programme.

 

The Barry Regeneration Area Programme was launched by the Welsh Government in March 2010.  A total of £9.8m of Welsh Government investment was allocated to the Programme, which was initially intended to run for three years (April 2010 - March 2013 inclusive).  However, following the spending review by the United Kingdom Government, this allocation was re-profiled over four years and the programme would therefore close at the end of March 2014.  

 

Cabinet on 16th December 2013 were presented with a report on the work being undertaken on the Council's bid under the Vibrant and Viable Places programme in light of the decision by the Welsh Government in September 2013 that the Council's Stage 1 bid had not been successful, and resolved (Minute C2132 Resolution 4):

 

'T H A T a further report be presented to Cabinet prior to the end of March 2014 to consider options for future partnership working arrangements on regeneration in Barry following the conclusion of the current Welsh Government Regeneration Area in March 2014’.

 

Given that regeneration schemes could take a decade or more to implement, the regeneration agenda in Barry had been the focus of programme management and governance change over many years. Paragraphs 6 – 9 of the report provided an inclusive a summary of the key programme management and governance arrangements that were;

  • Barry Joint Initiative 1992-2007
  • Barry Joint Venture (Barry Action) 1994-2005
  • Barry Regeneration Partnership 2005-2010
  • Barry Regeneration Area 2010-2014

The following options are identified for consideration.

  • Option 1: BRAPB be disbanded at the end of March 2014.  Beyond the end of March 2014 formal decision making is by Council Members and/or the Council’s Management Team as the Vale of Glamorgan Council is lead partner for Barry
  • Option 2: BRAPB continued unchanged in terms of membership beyond the end of March 2014 with the Vale of Glamorgan Council providing a secretariat. 
  • Option 3: BRAPB be disbanded at the end of March 2014.  Beyond the end of March 2014 a new cross-party, cross-sector partnership is formed for information sharing and advisory purposes.  
  • Option 4: BRAPB be disbanded at the end of March 2014.  Beyond the end of March 2014 a Programme Board is formed by the two lead partners namely the Vale of Glamorgan Council and the Welsh Government. 
  • Option 5 a line diagram as attached at Appendix 1 to the report: addressed the limitations of Option 4 in terms of stakeholder engagement.  In Option 5 the effectiveness of the Programme Board is strengthened by links with an Expert Panel/Advisory Group to promote good practice, equality and innovation and a Cross Party Group, which could include Barry Town Council, to support effective communication and joint working.  This Cross Party Group had met on two separate occasions since the Council meeting on 25th September 2013 and was established following the debate that was held at that meeting of Council.  It was envisaged that the group would continue to meet regularly as the new method and structure of working was progressed.  

The report proposed that Option 5 above be approved

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)          T H A T the proposal outlined in paragraph11 (Option 5) of the report be approved.

 

(2)          T H A T the Director of Development Services in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation be given delegated authority to implement Recommendation 1.

 

(3)          T H A T a progress report be presented to Cabinet in no more than twelve months time.

 

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

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)          To ensure that future engagement and partnership working was proportionate and would serve to assist progress.

 

(2)          To enable the continuation of regeneration partnership working arrangements in Barry.

 

(3)          To monitor progress.

 

(4)          To keep Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) apprised.

 

 

 

 

Attached as Appendix – Report to Cabinet – 24 MARCH 2014

 

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