14/06/22: Cabinet support bid for funding
Conwy’s Cabinet have supported plans to submit multi-million pound funding bids to the UK Government.
The UK Government has announced a capital UK Levelling Up Fund available to each local authority in the UK. The fund is intended to support investment in places where it can make the biggest difference to everyday life, and is designed to help local areas select genuine local priorities for investment.
At a meeting today (14/06/22) Conwy’s Cabinet discussed the proposals and supported submitting bids to the UK Levelling Up Fund.
The development of the proposal for Clwyd West is the furthest advanced to carry out Phase 2 of the Parc Eirias project, to increase the capacity of the stadium to attract larger sporting and cultural events.
The proposal includes the construction of a new South Stand with:
- hospitality, community spaces, changing rooms, medical room, media and meeting rooms;
- enhancements to the existing North Stand with the removal of one hospitality suite to provide toilet facilities and general upgrade of the stand;
- moving the TV gantry to the North stand to feature the South Stand and enhance our TV exposure;
- installation of a 3g pitch which will provide more usage including community use and the possibility of holding more frequent events;
- replacement of the existing running track for continued school and community use, as well as athletics events.
The proposal for the Aberconwy will be a package bid comprising three elements: enhancements to the arts and creative offer at Venue Cymru; providing events spaces infrastructure across the County; and the revitalization of the recently vacated Marks and Spencer store on Mostyn Street Llandudno in association with a third-party developer.
Council Leader, Cllr Charlie McCoubrey, said: “The Levelling Up Fund provides a huge opportunity for this county to benefit from substantial inward capital investment. In submitting these bids we are mindful of the qualifying criteria and I believe that if successful the bids we are putting forward will bring real and tangible benefits for our economy and the health and well-being of our residents. The time scales for preparation and submission of these bids has been exceptionally challenging and I would like to thank all our officers for their hard work, effort and commitment.”
Cllr Aaron Wynne, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure said: “The Conwy bids to the Levelling Up Fund are very exciting. They bring in substantial investment to the county after a difficult 2 years with the pandemic. If these bids are successful, the projects will have a long-term positive economic impact across Conwy County.”
In addition, a bid for a Transport proposal (up to £20 million) is for the whole Conwy county area and will focus on active travel and a Coast to Valley cycle route, linking tourist attractions.
Cllr Goronwy Edwards, Cabinet Member for Environment, Roads and Facilities - Infrastructure said: “I am pleased to see that the transport bid is focused around Conwy Valley connectivity, and will form part of the Coast to Valley Active Travel Route, with the link from Glan Conwy through to Llandudno Junction via the RSPB. The work to raise sections of the road around Trefriw is also welcomed to alleviate issues around possible future flooding events.”
Robin Millar, MP for Aberconwy, and David Jones, MP for Clwyd West, have been consulted and each of the bids will have a letter of support from the relevant MP.
The closing date for submitting all three bids is 6 July 2022.
Each constituency area bid can be up to a maximum of £20 million of capital funding under the Levelling Up Fund programme.
An important change to note is that during Round 1, where a constituency boundary is shared by two Local Authorities (Clwyd West covers both Conwy and Denbighshire) there was a requirement for both counties to prepare and submit a joint bid for a total of £20m.
A previous Cabinet report (25 January 2022) outlined details of this joint bid, where each county would be applying for £10m.
Round 2 guidance was issued in April, with the requirement for a joint bid having been removed, and the new funding envelope increased to £40m where there was a shared boundary in a constituency, so that each county could apply for up to £20m. Following extensive discussions with Government Officials, Denbighshire colleagues and the Consultants working on the bid, it was agreed that to maximise its chance of success, the Clwyd West Eirias bid will be submitted separately from the Denbighshire package bid.
Posted on 14/06/2022