DECISION RECORD OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER DECISIONS MEETING FOR REGENERATION AND LEISURE

19TH SEPTEMBER 2014

Democratic Services Committee Room, County Hall, Carmarthen.

2.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m.

EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER

PORTFOLIO

Councillor M. Gravell

Regeneration & Leisure

The following officers were in attendance:-

Mr. M. Bull

Physical Regen. Strategic Programme Manager;

Ms. C. Ferguson

Countryside Access Officer;

Mr. J. Hancock

Community Regeneration Officer;

Mr. J. Howells

Community Regeneration Assistant;

Ms. C.A. Owen

Community Funding Officer;

Mr. A. Thomas

Physical Regen. Programme Coordinator;

Mr. M.S. Davies

Democratic Services Officer.

DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL INTERESTS

There were none.

The Executive Board Member, having considered the reports on the under-mentioned items and taken into account the views of Local Members and interested parties where applicable, made the following decisions:

Item No.

Subject / Decision

1.

DECISION NOTICE

RESOLVED that the Decision Notices for the meetings held on the 25th June 2014 be signed as a correct record.

2.

APPLICATION TO DIVERT REGISTERED PUBLIC FOOTPATH 45/14 NEAR BROWNHILL FARM, LLANSADWRN UNDER SECTION 119 OF THE HIGHWAYS ACT (1980) FOR REASONS OF ANIMAL WELFARE, LAND MANAGEMENT AND FOR PUBLIC SAFETY

The Executive Board Member considered a report detailing an application for the diversion of Registered Public Footpath 45/14 under Section 119 of the Highways Act 1980. Whilst the community council had objected to the proposed diversion investigation by officers had concluded that the application satisfied the tests laid out in the aforementioned Act namely that it was expedient that the line of the path should be diverted in the interests of either the owner, lessee or occupier of the land crossed by the path or of the public, and that the proposed diversion was not substantially less convenient to the public and did not adversely affect public enjoyment of the path as a whole. It was noted that the local County Councillor supported the proposed diversion.

RESOLVED that the application be approved and that the appropriate Public Path Diversion Order be made under section 119 of the Highways Act 1980.

3.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE FOLLOWING GRANT FUNDS: MYNYDD Y BETWS COMMUNITY BENEFIT FUND AND AXIS 4 – RURAL INNOVATIVE COMMUNITIES FUND

RESOLVED

3.1 that the following applications for assistance from the Mynydd Y Betws Community Benefit Fund be approved subject to the usual terms and conditions and those specified in the report:-

Applicant Award

Llandybie Male Voice Choir

2,110.95 *

Llandybie OAP Association

1,995.00

Friends of Blaenau Children’s Centre

10,352.00

Cwmamman Town Council [

10,000.00

Penygroes PTA

19,561.70

Tycroes RFC Committee

10,400.00

Garnant Park Members Golf Club

12,000.00

Llanedi Community Council

12,596.00

Ammanford Community First Responders

7,212.11

Ebeneser Baptist Chapel

10,000.00

[*Subject to the proviso that the piano will be returned to the Authority should the choir fold]

3.2 that consideration of the application submitted by Nant Y Bedol Community Garden for assistance from the Mynydd Y Betws Community Benefit Fund be deferred pending further assurances on aspects relating to the welfare of the animals;

3.3 that the following application for assistance from the Axis 4 Rural Innovative Communities Fund be approved subject to the usual terms and conditions and those specified in the report, and subject also to officers being satisfied that the land in question is purchased at market value with no restrictions as to future use:-

Applicant Award

Llandysul Paddlers Canoe Centre Ltd.,

20,691.33

[NOTE: Officers were also requested to advise the above organisation to make full use of social media for marketing purposes and link up with the Authority’s own tourism section]

4.

REPORTS NOT FOR PUBLICATION

RESOLVED pursuant to The Local Government Act 1972 as, amended by The Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) (Wales) Order 2007 that the following items were not for publication as the reports contained exempt information as defined in Paragraph 14 of Part 4 of Schedule 12A to the Act.

5.

SOUTH WEST WALES PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT FUND PROPOSED OFFICE DEVELOPMENT ON ST CATHERINE STREET, CARMARTHEN

Following the application of the public interest test it was RESOLVED pursuant to the Act referred to in minute no. 4 above not to publicise the content of the report as it contained exempt information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the Authority holding that information) (Paragraph 14 of Part 4 of Schedule 12A to the Act).

The public interest test in this matter related to the fact that the report contained detailed information about the business and financial affairs and ambitions of the applicant. In this case, the public interest in transparency and accountability is outweighed by the public interest in maintaining confidentiality, as disclosure of this information would be likely to damage the applicant at this stage.

The Executive Board Member considered an application for assistance from the South West Wales Property Development Fund. It was noted that no financial commitment was required from the County Council and that a due diligence check had been undertaken on the applicant by the Welsh Government’s finance team and the project had been deemed low risk. It was further noted that the tendering exercise had satisfied the agreed procurement rules.

RESOLVED that the following application be approved subject to the usual terms and conditions and those specified within the report:

Applicant / Project Grant Award

Bassett, MacGregor & Ash SSAS- proposed office development, St. Catherine Street, Carmarthen.

302,944.27 [max.]

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EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER FOR REGENERATION & LEISURE

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