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Meeting of the Environment and Leisure Overview and Scrutiny Committee held on 18/01/2005
Sponsored Organisation Applications



ANNEXE 4
ENVIRONMENT & LEISURE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

Sponsored Organisation Applications 2005/06

Each organisation is listed under the Community Strategy themes.
PLANNING & ENVIRONMENT – THEME 2

Blackwater Valley Recreation And Countryside Management Service

The service co-ordinates and implements countryside conservation and access work along the Blackwater Valley and encourages volunteering.

The organisation aims to:

q Protect and enhance the Blackwater Valley as a strategic gap;
q Conserve and improve wildlife and river quality;
q Promote and manage recreation and access along the Blackwater Valley; and
q Provide a co-ordinated and unified approach to managing the Blackwater Valley to ensure a unified and consistent approach..

This is a local authority partnership project to which Waverley Borough Council has stated its commitment and support. The partnership includes 9 local authorities. The grant bid is based on an apportionment of the costs which is calculated on the length of the Blackwater Valley within Waverley (5.54%).

Waverley’s contribution is vital in supporting the core staff and operations. Their work benefits the landscape on the northern edge of the Borough and provides recreational opportunities on the door step of local people in that area. Waverley was the only authority in the Partnership that did not meets it’s financial commitments to the project last year.

In 2004/05 the Blackwater Valley Recreation and Countryside Management Service received £6,630 and have requested £6,954 in 2005/06.

Officer recommendation based on assessments - £6,954 in 2004/05
Officer recommendation based on funding available - £6,630 in 2004/05

Hurtwood Control Committee

Hurtwood Control Committee ensures and facilitates public access and recreation on some 1214 hectares (3000 acres) of privately owned heathland and woodland open for local individuals, groups and visitors to the area.

It carries out habitat management work for nature conservation and restores and protects heritage features to enhance the local environment. It provides car parks, public paths, information and interpretation. The area is well used by Waverley residents.

The work of Hurtwood Control is funded by a partnership of landowners and local authorities (Parish, Borough & County) with substantial funds raised by an active ‘Friends’ organisation. As a result of their financial policy, the charity has built up financial reserves. Waverley’s contribution was reduced to £1,000 in 2002/03 and 2003/04 and reduced to £500 in 2004/05. The organisation is achieving excellent improvements to public access and conservation work and officers recommend a grant of £500 based on assessments to ensure continued partnership support and member representation on their Board. However, if there is no increase in the overall SOS budget and taking into consideration other priorities, it is recommended that no grant be approved for 2005/06.

In 2004/05 Hurtwood Control Committee received £500 and have requested £1,000 in 2005/06.

Officer recommendation based on assessments - £500 in 2005/06
Officer recommendation based on funding available - £Nil in 2005/06

Surrey Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG)

Surrey FWAG provides wildlife and habitat management advice to all farmers and landowners. It assists with survey work, production of management plans and submission of applications for funding. It organises farm walks, training events, improved access to farmland and it encourages sympathetic land management to increase biodiversity. It supports the Surrey Hills local food producer group.

The work of FWAG will be even more important in 2005/06 with the changes in farming subsidies and the new environmental stewardship schemes that are due to be launched. Their work helps to improve biodiversity in Waverley and conserve the landscape and improve public access.

In 2004/05 FWAG received £1,500 and have requested £1,750 in 2004/05.

Officer recommendation based on assessments - £1,750 in 2005/06
Officer recommendation based on funding available - £1,500 in 2005/06

Surrey Heathland Project

The Surrey Heathland Project advises on and carries out heathland habitat restoration, management and improvement. It conducts research and publishes information to help people appreciate the unique wilderness character of heathland, its importance for rare wildlife, its place in our social history and its value to us now and for the future. Local people are involved in the project activities through guided walks, talks, demonstrations and volunteer tasks.

The Heathland Project is funded by a partnership of Surrey County Council with parish and borough councils set up in 1989. Additional outside funding is obtained from sources such as Landfill Tax and the Wildlife Enhancement Scheme (WES). The project has been successful in obtaining Heritage Lottery Funding under the ‘Tomorrow’s Heathland Heritage’ programme. Their 5-year scheme for heathland restoration and management commenced on 1st October 2002. This is an important partnership project which is key to achieving biodiversity habitat targets for heathland. The increased grant requested relates to increases in core costs. Waverley’s grant provides some of the matching funds for the lottery grant and is essential to the viability of the project.

In 2004/05 The Surrey Heathland Project received £9,810 and have requested £10,462 in 2005/06.

Officer recommendation based on assessments - £10,462 in 2005/06
Officer recommendation based on funding available - £9,810 in 2005/06

Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ( AONB)

The Surrey Hills AONB unit works to protect and conserve the landscape of the Surrey Hills AONB (the AONB covers half the Borough), improve public understanding of the area and support the rural economy. It assists local authorities in meeting their statutory duties to AONB’s through preparing the AONB statutory Management Plan.

The grant aid provided by Waverley is essential in supporting the unit’s core costs and as matching funding to bring in additional resources to the AONB (the Countryside Agency provides 75% of core funding).It is therefore vital the request for funding is fully supported to ensure the projects overall viability. Waverley is the only authority in the partnership that did not meet its financial commitments to the project last year.

In 2004/05 The Surrey Hills AONB received £5,090 and have requested £5,423 in 2005/06.

Officer recommendation based on assessments - £5,423 in 2005/06
Officer recommendation based on funding available - £5,423 in 2005/06

Rural Life Centre

The Rural Life Centre provides a repository for items representative of rural life between the years 1750 and 1960, drawn largely from Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire border area. it covers a ten acre site situated in woodland and meadows.

The items are displayed and interpreted for schools, interest groups, general visitors and researchers to help them understand the rich past and traditions of the local area and the English countryside in general.

Items are also loaned out for education and research, and museum staff make off-site presentations to interested groups.

The museum also provided a venue for local events and accommodation for groups and facilities for retired craftsmen and volunteers of all ages to practice and pass on their skills to younger generations and help preserve our communal rural past.

The Museum continues to develop and expand. They have developed a partnership with the RSPB who are now based at the Museum and are giving additional support to them. The developments will assist in attracting new visitors and this should have a positive impact on the Museum’s capacity to increase income.

In addition, the Rural Life Centre has been successful in securing grants from the Community Partnership Fund to help improve facilities at the centre.

In 2004/05 The Rural Life Centre received £5,000 and have requested £10,000 in 2005/06.

Officer recommendation based on assessments - £3,000 in 2005/06
Officer recommendation based on funding available - £3,000 in 2005/06

HEALTH – THEME 3

Farnham & District Sports Advisory Council

Farnham District Sports Advisory Council provides a valuable service in developing and promoting sport in the Farnham locality. This organisation joined the Sponsored Organisation Scheme in 2003/04. They offer advice and support to local sports organisation and individuals seeking grant aid. They advocate the role of sport and act as an advisory body on many matters relating to the development of sports in Farnham. As an organisation it needs funding to enable it to develop and operate, to increase its profile and undertake the required administration work of the organisation.

Without the Sports Council it would be very difficult for Waverley Borough Council to support clubs to the required level. The setting up and support of local sports councils is a recommendation of the Waverley Leisure Strategy and provides excellent value for money.

In 2004/05 The Farnham District Sports Advisory Council received £400 and have requested £600 in 2005/06.

Officer recommendation based on assessments - £400 in 2005/06
Officer recommendation based on funding available - £400 in 2005/06

Sport Godalming

Sport Godalming provides a valuable service in developing and promoting sport in the Godalming locality. The organisation joined the Sponsored Organisation Scheme in 2003/04. They offer advice and support to local clubs and individuals seeking grant aid. They advocate sport and act as an advisory body on many matters relating to the development of sport in Godalming. As an organisation it needs funding to develop and operate, to increase its profile and undertake the required administration work of the organisation.

Without the Sports Council it would be very difficult for Waverley Borough Council to support clubs to the required level. The setting up and support of local sports councils is a recommendation of the Waverley Leisure Strategy and provides excellent value for money.

In 2004/05 Sport Godalming received £400 and have requested £700 in 2005/06.

Officer recommendation based on assessments - £400 in 2005/06
Officer recommendation based on funding available - £400 in 2005/06

Sport Haslemere

Sport Haslemere provides a valuable service in developing and promoting sport in the Haslemere locality. The offer advice and support to local sports organisations and individuals seeking grant aid. They advocate the role of sport and act as an advisory body on many matters relating to the development of sport in Haslemere. As an organisation it needs funding to enable it to develop and operate, to increase its profile and undertake the required administration work of the organisation.

Without the Sports Council it would be very difficult for Waverley Borough Council to support clubs to the required level. The setting up and support of local sports councils is a recommendation of the Waverley Leisure Strategy and provides excellent value for money.

In 2004/05 Sport Haslemere received £400 and have requested £1,300 in 2005/06.

Officer recommendation based on assessments - £400 in 2005/06
Officer recommendation based on funding available - £400 in 2005/06

LOCAL ECONOMY & LOCAL SERVICES – THEME 6

Cranleigh Arts Centre

Cranleigh Arts Centre exists to provide a varied and quality programme of arts activities and events for the people of Cranleigh and the surrounding area and to enable these to be offered at reasonable cost with discounts for those on low incomes.

The centre aims to continue to provide a diverse range of activities of the highest quality for the community of Cranleigh and the surrounding villages. The centre has increased their level of activity over the past three years and this has resulted in the need for a more realistic staffing structure which complies with legal requirements for employee care and safety. The staff structure must be supported.

In 2004/05 the Cranleigh Arts Centre received £27,750 and have requested £32,000 in 2005/06.

Officer recommendation based on assessments - £32,000 in 2005/06
Officer recommendation based on funding available - £27,750 in 2005/06

Farnham Maltings

The Maltings is a multi-faceted arts and cultural centre providing a wide range of cultural and community activities. As an organisation it works within the buildings and more recently within community settings in and around the Borough. It provides a venue for local professional initiatives, as well as a wide range of workshops and productions for members of the community.

The Maltings continue to develop as an organisation both internally and externally. The organisation has been invited by the Arts council to manage a 3-year Rural Touring Initiative. It has established a creative business start up scheme, radically improved the workshop programme on offer and increased the uptake of courses. The Youth Theatre groups have flourished and are seeking to appoint a full time Youth Theatre Officer. The future fees structure has been reviewed and simplified.

Audiences have increased substantially and the organisation has been instrumental in delivery a number of partnership projects in Waverley communities in conjunction with the Council.

Officer recommendation based on assessments - £38,100 in 2005/06
Officer recommendation based on funding available - £38,100 in 2005/06

Godalming Museum Trust

Godalming Museum aims to promote the enjoyment and relevance of the heritage of the town and its surrounding villages and to encourage and support lifelong learning. It does this by collecting, safeguarding and making accessible local artefacts and knowledge within a welcoming, stimulating and inclusive environment.

The Museum continues to provide excellent services considering it only has one paid member of staff. This is no easy task. The Museum has also endeavoured to expand its work within local communities in Godalming, such as Aarons Hill/Ockford Ridge projects. This year the Trust successfully attracted external funding to purchase Birket Foster’s painting and audiences have continued to increase. Much work has been done to maintain and develop the childrens holiday activities and the Museum is working with local schools to develop its loan boxes. Overall a good year and continued financial support is essential.

In 2004/05 Godalming Museum Trust received £2,500 and have requested £5,800 in 2005/06.

Officer recommendation based on assessments - £2,500 in 2005/06
Officer recommendation based on funding available - £2,500 in 2005/06

Haslemere Educational Museum

The aim of the organisation is to forward and advance the study of science, literature and fine arts by means of a well-equipped museum of natural history and objects of art and of a scientific, literary and historical nature.

Haslemere Museum is a well run and impressive Museum and does an impressive amount for Haslemere in terms of providing both a venue and activities for the people of Haslemere, particularly for young people. The Museum is working hard to develop and need a contribution to cover increased costs they are facing which include utilities, health & safety costs and insurances etc.

In 2004/05 The Haslemere Educational Museum received no grant and have requested £25,000 in 2005/06.

Officer recommendation based on assessments - £2,500 in 2005/06
Officer recommendation based on funding available - £1,500 in 2005/06

Haslemere Hall

Provision and maintenance of a hall for the use of the residents of Haslemere and the surrounding area.

The Haslemere Hall continues to provide a valuable service as a venue in Haslemere and offers opportunity for local residents to attend cultural events and activities. Whilst it faces increased pressure from loss of regular clients and increased insurance charges, it should recover if it is proactive in attracting new customers. The Hall is seeking to develop new audiences and to support this Waverley has provided a Community Partnership grant towards improving facilities.

In 2004/05 The Haslemere Hall received £2,000 and have requested £10,000 in 2005/06.

Officer recommendation based on assessments - £2,000 in 2005/06
Officer recommendation based on funding available - £2,000 in 2005/06

Sculpt-It

Sculpt-It is a community arts organisation which exists to:

Develop opportunities
Build new partnerships
Reach new communities; and
Develop new projects

The organisation works with children, young people and adults with learning difficulties and physical disability. The organisation operates from two studio spaces, in Witley and Farncombe as well as running an extensive outreach programme.

The funding will be used to support the Director and her PA to develop and sustain weekly workshops in both studios as well as developing new outreach initiatives and draw in more funding for projects. The workshops and projects are of high quality and encourage creativity for a very wide range of community groups. The funds will provide the Director with the opportunity to maximise resources and continue to provide a high quality service for the often most vulnerable members of our community.

In 2004/05 Sculpt-It received £1,800 and have requested £1,800 for 2005/06.

Officer recommendation based on assessments - £1,800 in 2005/06
Officer recommendation based on funding available - £1,800 2005/06