Learning the lessons of failure
9:31am Thursday 10th October 2013 in Letters
THE Vale of Glamorgan Council’s bid for £15m of regeneration money for Barry has failed – and we need to know why.
In the meantime, we have to suffer the political huffing, puffing and finger pointing, but what we truly need to know can only come from the Welsh Government, ie, the real reason. Surprisingly, they have said it would be inappropriate to say why.
The council leader says the bid ‘was as good as anyone else’s’ and the minister’s priority changed, but that analysis begs the question as to how 11 other bids were successful.
The Welsh Government’s key operating principles emphasised the ‘genuine involvement of communities’ and a ‘bottom up approach.' However, I’m not sure how that was achieved!
Barry is now without additional funding to regenerate the town and the only way we can prepare for future bidding opportunities is by learning the lessons of failure.
The biggest mistakes are those where we learn nothing.