Agenda and minutes

Regeneration Scrutiny Committee
Wednesday, 24th March, 2021 10.00 am

Venue: Virtually via Microsoft Teams - if you would like to attend this meeting live via Microsoft Teams please contact committee.services@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

Contact: Democratic Services  7785

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Simultaneous Translation

You are welcome to use Welsh at the meeting, a minimum notice period of 3 working days is required should you wish to do so.  A simultaneous translation will be provided if requested.

Minutes:

It was noted that no requests had been received for the simultaneous translation service.

 

2.

Apologies

To receive.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were reported for Councillors M. Cross and P. Edwards.

3.

Declarations of Interest and Dispensations

To receive.

Minutes:

The following declarations of interest were reported:

 

Councillor J.C. Morgan – Item No. 9 Tredegar Townscape Heritage Initiative Progress Report

 

Councillor W. Hodgins – Item No 10. Advanced Engineering Centre & MTC Report

 

4.

Regeneration Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 243 KB

To receive the minutes of the Regeneration Scrutiny Committee held on 10th February, 2021.

 

(Please note the minutes are submitted for points of accuracy only).

Minutes:

The minutes of the Regeneration Scrutiny Committee held on 10th February, 2021 were submitted.

 

The Committee AGREED that the minutes be accepted as a true record of proceedings.

 

5.

Action Sheet - 10th February 2021 pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To receive the Action Sheet.

Minutes:

The Action Sheet arising from the meeting of the Regeneration Scrutiny Committee held on 10th February, 2021 was submitted.

 

The Committee AGREED that the Action Sheet be noted.

 

6.

Destination Management Plan Update pdf icon PDF 519 KB

To consider the report of the Service Manager Business and Regeneration.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to report of the Service Manager Business & Regeneration.

 

The Committee AGREED to recommend that the report be accepted and the BGDMP 2020-25 be endorsed with amendments requested, i.e. inclusion of Coalfields Community Regeneration as a key partner; and also reference to community tourism.

 

7.

Progress Update: RE:FIT Project pdf icon PDF 471 KB

To consider the report of the Team Manager Regeneration Opportunities.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to report of the Team Manager Regeneration Opportunities.

 

The Committee AGREED to recommend that the report be accepted and note the progress of the project, and a further

report on performance will be provided in the future.

 

8.

Civic Crowdfunding pdf icon PDF 440 KB

To consider the report of the Team Manager Connected Communities.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to report of the Team Manager Connected Communities.

 

The Committee AGREED to recommend that the report be accepted and:

 

     i.        Endorsed the submission of a CCRCD Challenge Fund application for a civic crowdfunding platform, acting as the lead Authority, and

 

    ii.        Endorsed the implementation of a regional crowdfunding platform, inclusive of Blaenau Gwent, to support solutions to locally identified projects and challenges; subject to funding award (Option 2).

 

9.

Tredegar Townscape Heritage Initiative Progress Report pdf icon PDF 402 KB

To consider the report of the Corporate Director Regeneration and Community Services.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to report of the Corporate Director Regeneration & Community Services.

 

The Committee AGREED to recommend that the report be accepted and:

 

     i.        Noted the extension to the THI Programme originally planned for closure inJuly 2020 and the revised completion date of December 2021.

 

    ii.        Acknowledged progress made to date with the refurbishment of properties outlined in 2.4; and also highlighted within Appendix 1 of the report.

 

  iii.        Noted the involvement of the THI Advisory Board who are responsible for the continued management of the Tredegar THI Programme and ensure the following key principles are applied to the methodology of the programmes delivery:

 

·        To hold the vision for the Historical Core

·        To assist in designing, programming and delivering events.

·        To assist the selection process.

·        To ensure the emergent interpretive and access proposals in accord with the underlying vision for the project.

·        To develop further the interpretive ideas and links with relevant audiences.

·        To develop further detailed briefs on:

·        Educational delivery

·        Community involvement

 

10.

Advanced Engineering Centre & MTC Report pdf icon PDF 681 KB

To consider the report of the Skills Development Manager.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to report of the Skills Development Manager.

 

The Committee AGREED to recommend that the report be accepted and:

 

     i.        Endorsed the MTC report and associated recommendations; and

    ii.        Noted and endorsed the TV submission for the refurbishment of Monwel into the AEC (Option 2).

 

11.

Forward Work Programme: 28th April 2021 pdf icon PDF 398 KB

To receive the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Forward Work Programme for the meeting scheduled to be held on the 24th March, 2021 was submitted.

 

The Chair reported that the following reports had been withdrawn:

 

Aneurin Bevan Report

Tech Valleys Progress

 

It was also reported that an information item would be submitted on the Turkish Glass Factory.

 

The Committee AGREED, subject to the foregoing, that the report be accepted.