WELSH LABOUR GOVERNMENT SPURNS CONSERVATIVE-CONTROLLED VALE COUNCIL

Under the previous Labour administration in the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Penarth Pier Pavilion was amongst the beneficiaries of lottery money doled out in the Vale by the Welsh Labour Government. However the Vale Council is now Conservative controlled – and the Welsh Labour Government had now decided not to distribute  any lottery cash from the fund in the Vale of Glamorgan this time around.

The Labour controlled Welsh Assembly Government in Cardiff Bay has excluded all projects in the Vale of Glamorgan in the latest round of funding from the so-called “Coastal Communities Fund” – a fund “delivered” by the National Lottery but which the Welsh Labour Government controls .

A total of £4,000,000 subscribed by Lottery players is being distributed in the current Coastal Communities funding round  – but the Vale of Glamorgan – controlled by the Conservatives since May’s council elections – is conspicuous by its absence from the list.

Welsh Conservative leader and AM for Penarth Andrew R T Davies

Welsh Conservative Leader Andrew RT Davies (AM for South Wales Central)  has now tabled two  questions on the issue to Carl Sargeant ( Welsh Labour Government Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children).

Carl Sargeant

Sargeant is being asked when the next round of funding will become available and exactly how many groups in the Vale of Glamorgan have actually benefitted from the scheme. (none this time around).

The Coastal Communities Funds is “designed to support the economic development of coastal communities by promoting sustainable economic growth and jobs”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11 Responses to WELSH LABOUR GOVERNMENT SPURNS CONSERVATIVE-CONTROLLED VALE COUNCIL

  1. Chris David says:

    Labour hmm. Laborious Autocratic Bolshie Onerous Robbers. Meant to represent all but really we have a totalitarian “state”.

    • Philip Rapier says:

      Oh come on! Andrew RT Davies you can do better than that! There is no Magic Money Tree remember.Typical of the Conservatives that they should boast about how low the Vale Unemployment Rate is and then demand a subsidy to make it lower at the expense of Wales less fortunate Communities. (11 Per cent drop in Vale Unemployment Feb 2017 According to the Brag-ometer on Alun Cairns Website) This success is due to most of the Vale Work Force being employed in super efficient Labour Controlled Cardiff which enjoys almost full employment. (The Vale Council Tories refused to join with Cardiff and form a new cheaper to run Local Authority)
      Try reading the Coastal Communities Fund 2016 Report after all the Taxpayer pays Assembly Members to do it.
      The answers are there..
      “Wales has received 326 created jobs so far with a potential 600 more in the pipeline.
      The average cost per forecast created job is £6,700 which is good value for money from a public sector perspective”
      Further expenditure in the Vale cannot be justified by the Coastal Communities Fund then can it?

    • Penileaks says:

      You omitted ‘Unfair’

      • Chris David says:

        Sorry- was using the American spelling in deference to The Donald who I’m sure could sort it all out 🙂

    • cogan nomen says:

      You left out the U – for useless
      I wonder why .
      Too close to home ?

  2. andrewsketty says:

    Does anyone have any update on what is happening down at the Pavilion? It has gone very quiet and has been the case for months? As we know PACL was awarded £126k earlier this year but there seems to be no evidence yet of this coming through in terms of anything visible? Also despite Richard Bellamy from the HLF stating in his letters (to those of us who shared our concerns with him in writing) that PACL should start to engage with the community and open up a dialogue again there is no evidence of this. And of course we are now just weeks away from the autumn and absolutely no evidence of our cinema re-opening

    I did meet with my local councillors Sivaruby Sivagnanam & Neil Thomas at the beginning of July and they have promised to get back to me with an update after making further enquiries

    • Chris David says:

      Andrew the monies been wasted. Remember this. Its pure BS. This should read working capita coupled with and tied to a pro business plan. Oh and still no accountability.

      Dear Mr David,

      I am now in a position to respond to your request for further information regarding the Heritage Lottery Fund’s recent award of grant under our Resilient Heritage Grant Programme to Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd.

      In response to your first point:
      The application made to the Heritage Lottery Fund included a letter of support from the then Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Education of the Vale of Glamorgan Council. The letter included the offer of in kind support for Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd from the Community Capacity Building Officers within the economic development team of the Council. Recent discussions held with officers from the Vale of Glamorgan Council indicate that this is still available.

      In response the your second point, the budget for the project was presented as follows:

      Cost Heading Description How much(£) Non recoverable VAT Total(£)
      Professional Fees Programming and community engagement advice 20000 20000
      Professional Fees Commercial/Retail consultant/VAT advice 15000 15000
      New Staff Temporary Bookkeeper 18000 18000
      New Staff Temporary Building management and operations 30000 30000
      New Staff Temporary Volunteer Coordinator 22500 22500
      Other Audience research 3500 3500
      Training for volunteers Fundraising training for volunteers and staff 5000 5000
      Equipment and materials CRM (database) and advice on procurement 5000 5000
      Evaluation External evaluator 3500 3500
      Contingency Allowance for an increase in audience research and CRM 2500 2500
      Recruitment Volunteer advertising and recruitment 5000 5000
      Other Delivery of recommendations from commercial consultancy 10000 10000
      Total 140000 140000

      In response to your third point:

      Penarth Arts and Craft Limited (PACL) is a registered company limited by guarantee with charitable status. Incorporated on 28/4/98. My understanding is that under this legal status it is not obliged to make public minutes of its management meetings. Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd publishes its annual accounts in the usual way for charity with this structure. The accounts can be viewed using the Charity Commission Website – https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission The registered company limited by guarantee with charitable status is common organisational structure used to make applications to Lottery Distributors including the Heritage Lottery Fund. As I stated in correspondence to other concerned residents of Penarth, Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd acknowledge that they face serious challenges in securing a sustainable future for the Pavilion Building. The fact that they have had to apply for a Resilient Heritage Grant is evidence in itself. The Heritage Lottery Fund alongside other funders have invested significant sums of money in restoring the building and we want to see it succeed as a community resource for Penarth. If nothing was wrong with way the building has been run in its first three years and every decision that had been made was the correct one, then further support to enable change would not be necessary. It is clear that this is not the case and the Heritage Lottery Fund has made the decision to award a grant to enable change to happen.

      Thank you for your interest in this matter

      Yours sincerely

      Richard Bellamy
      Pennaeth, Cronfa Dreftadaeth y Loteri Cymru | Head of the Heritage Lottery Fund, Wales
      Ffôn | Phone: 02920 234144
      Ebost | Email: richardb@hlf.org.uk

      • Windsor in my view says:

        if you were cr*p at your job, which PACL are, you wouldn’t be doing it any more and someone else would be in their shoes. However money seems to be thrown at them to burn, or just throw off the edge of the Pier.

        GET OUT PACL!

        Let’s get someone else in

  3. Frank Evans says:

    It would be better if we had one uk government and the other layers were just civil servants. Might stop the constant buck passing.
    So much for local democracy.

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