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Meeting of the Executive held on 11/10/2005
Cranleigh and Haslemere Project Co-Ordinators - Waverley Funding



Summary & Purpose
The purpose of this report is to agree matched funding for the Project Co-ordinator posts in Cranleigh and Haslemere for 2006/07 and 2007/08

Quality of Life Implications
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APPENDIX X
WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL

executive – 12TH OCTOBER 2005

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Title:
Cranleigh and Haslemere Project Co-ordinators -
Waverley Funding

[Wards Affected: Cranleigh, Haslemere
and surrounding villages]
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Summary and purpose:

The purpose of this report is to agree matched funding for the Project Co-ordinator posts in Cranleigh and Haslemere for 2006/07 and 2007/08

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Quality of life implications – social, environmental & economic (sustainable development):

This report will enable the Project Co-ordinators to continue to deliver an improved quality of life in Cranleigh and Haslemere and the villages these communities serve. The benefits are spread across the three sustainable development themes.

E-Government implications:

There are no direct E-Government implications arising from this report.

Resource and legal implications:

The report proposes that Waverley continues to be the employer for the two part time co-ordinators and provides partnership funding for the two posts of 15,000 per annum for each of the next two years (7,500 per annum towards the budgeted costs of c20,000 per annum for each role).

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Background

1. Waverley worked with the Cranleigh and Haslemere Initiatives in developing funding bids to the former Countryside Agency to undertake Market Town Healthchecks in each community. The Healthchecks, which looked at the wide range of issues affecting the communities and their hinterlands under four themes (Transport and access, the local economy, social and community, and environment) were completed effectively with a high level of community interest and active volunteer support.

2. The funding for the Healthchecks and first stage of the implementation of the projects was as follows:

Countryside Agency: 62,000
Waverley Borough Council 15,000
Haslemere Town Council 15,000
Cranleigh Parish Council 15,000

3. The quality of the process of the Healthchecks in the two communities was acknowledged to be high by the Countryside Agency when they evaluated the Healthchecks and their respective Action Plans and the implementation of the agreed actions to date has been both effective and valued. In the 2004, SEEDA/Action for Market Towns Awards, Haslemere was awarded the Best Business and Community project in the South East for the Haslemere Christmas Market, and Cranleigh was awarded the best Youth Project for the development of the FLY activities at the Art Centre. In 2005, Haslemere was awarded the Best Strategic and Partnership Working project for its work on developing Tourism related activities in Haslemere. This project was also judged to be the best regional project overall, beating 25 other entries. Waverley is the only area to win awards in two consecutive years which is a tribute to the innovation and effectiveness of the partnership projects being undertaken.

4. The Cranleigh Initiative has been the first Surrey community to be awarded resources from the new SEEDA Market Towns funding programme, aimed at delivering effective economic benefits to help sustain the region’s market towns. The funding (which is dependant on having undertaken a Market Town Healthcheck or similar exercise) will be going towards a series of activities to help Cranleigh’s businesses and the Upping the Street enhancement project which is being implemented by Surrey County Council working with the local community. The value of this award is 120,000 out of the total Surrey allocation of 440,000 over the next seven years. The Haslemere Initiative is currently working up a second bid for matched-funding support in 2006/07 aimed at improving Beacon Hill.

5. The Co-ordinators in Cranleigh and Haslemere (Chris Howard and Janet McWilliam) have done a fantastic job in developing community support and a wide range of effective projects. The consultation work has contributed to Waverley’s Community Strategy, the County Council’s Community Strategy and Waverley’s work on the emerging Local Development Framework. It has also led to project funding from other partners. A list of some of the achievements is attached at Annexe 1. Both co-ordinators have worked significantly in excess of their part time roles and stimulated an enormous amount of additional volunteer activity for their communities. The conclusion of the first phase of the implementation of the Action Plan is approaching and funding for this stage of the co-ordinator posts comes to an end in March 2006.

6. It is proposed that a second phase of the implementation now take place and that the roles be extended for a further two years in order to continue to deliver the action plan agreed as part of the Healthchecks; to implement the project in Cranleigh for which there is SEEDA funding; and to develop and implement the SEEDA bid for Haslemere. There will also be additional projects for which external funding is being sought.

7. It is recommended that for this second phase Waverley contributes partnership funding of 7,500 per annum to each of the posts in 2006/07 and 2007/08 and that officers seek similar funding from Cranleigh Parish Council and Haslemere Town Council towards the full costs of 20,000 per annum for each of the part time roles. The balance of funding would need to be met from external partners or project funding. Manns of Cranleigh have agreed to contribute 5,000 towards the costs of the Cranleigh co-ordinator provided the local authorities agree to fund the post. It is proposed that the funding be earmarked from the Partnership Funding budget for 2006/07 and be drawn down over the two years as required.

Recommendation

It is recommended that:

1. the Town Initiatives and the two co-ordinators be congratulated for their achievements to date in their work on developing and implementing the Market Town Healthchecks in Cranleigh and Haslemere;

2. Waverley contributes 7,500 to the Cranleigh initiative and 7,500 to the Haslemere initiative for the 2006/07 and 2007/08 financial years towards the costs of the employment of the Project co-ordinators in each of the two communities for the second phase of the Implementation of the Action Plans arising from the Market Town Healthchecks;

3. the Funding for the second phase (15,000 per annum for 2006/07 and 2007/08) will be earmarked from the Partnership Funding budget;

4. officers seek matching funding of the same order from Cranleigh Parish Council and Haslemere Town Council towards these posts given that the benefits are targeted at Cranleigh and Haslemere; and

5. Waverley continues to act as the employer for the two co-ordinators for new fixed term contracts.

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Background Papers (CEx)

There are no background papers (as defined by Section 100D(5) of the Local Government Act 1972) relating to this report.

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CONTACT OFFICER:

Name: Iain Lynch Telephone: 01483 5232038

E-mail: ilynch@waverley.gov.uk

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