Barry's viable and vibrancy failure reasons awaited
8:02am Thursday 19th September 2013 in News
THE Welsh Government has said it would be inappropriate to say why the Vale Council failed in its first stage bid to secure £15m regeneration funding.
The government last week confirmed the auhority’s bid, on behalf of Barry, had fallen at the first stage – leaving 11 other authorities to battle it out for a share of £90m cash in its Vibrant and Viable Places scheme.
A Welsh Government spokesman said: "The Vibrant and Viable Places assessment process is currently underway and all 22 local authorities in Wales submitted outline plans.
“These have been assessed against criteria set out in guidance* and 11 of the 22 have been invited to stage 2 when more detailed proposals will be required.
“Looking at the 11 plans, the available funding is still heavily oversubscribed and stage 2 will also be competitive, with only the best proposals to be awarded funding.
"As the process is still ongoing and Welsh Government officials have yet to meet Vale of Glamorgan officials to provide feedback, it is not appropriate for us to comment on the details of the outline plans put forward by local authorities at stage 1."