Issue - meetings
European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Community-Led Local Development (Hastings Fisheries Local Action Group (2))
Meeting: 08/08/2016 - Cabinet (Item 20)
The Assistant Director, Regeneration and Culture, presented a report which advised Cabinet of the success of a first stage bid for European Maritime Fisheries Fund Community Led Local Development (Hastings Fisheries Local Action Group 2) (EMFF CLLD Hastings FLAG 2).
The report acknowledged that fisheries faced significant challenges due to declining income and employment in this sector. The FLAG programme aimed to assist local fisheries communities in utilising the knowledge of local stakeholders to address these challenges.
The proposals for FLAG 2 were intended to develop the successful outcomes of the first FLAG programme. The FLAG board had received confirmation from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) in April 2016 that its first stage bid to secure a second round of FLAG funding had been successful. The report set out the timetable for submitting a stage 2 bid to the MMO. The council and its partners had been required to submit a Local Development Strategy (LDS), detailing the delivery plan of the second FLAG programme, which could last for up to 3 years.
The Assistant Director, Regeneration and Culture, amended the second recommendation of the report, as set out in the resolution below, to reflect that the LDS had been submitted on 5 August 2016, in order to comply with the timetable set by the MMO.
Consideration was given to the impact of the recent referendum decision to leave the European Union on the availability of FLAG funding. The council had been advised that Hastings was still eligible to apply for funding under the FLAG 2 programme, but it was unlikely it would be able to bid for future rounds.
Cabinet thanked all those who had been involved in supporting the first FLAG programme and developing the bid for the second round of funding.
Councillor Poole proposed approval of the amended recommendations to the Assistant Director, Regeneration and Culture’s report, as set out in the resolution below, which was seconded by Councillor Fitzgerald.
RESOLVED (unanimously) that Cabinet:
1) Notes the current position with regard to CLLD EMFF funding and the Hastings FLAG;
2) Notes that a LDS was submitted to the MMO on 5 August 2016, in order to comply with the timetable for the stage 2 bid process
3) Approves the continued role of the council as lead partner in the management and delivery of the FLAG programme subject to confirmation of funding to deliver the LDS
The reason for this decision was:
The report gives an update on the CLLD EMFF FLAG funding, and the draft proposed areas of activity within the LDS. The deadline for submission of the LDS was 5 August 2016. If it is approved by the MMO, who is the UK Managing Authority for the UK FLAG programme, it is anticipated that implementation of the programme would commence in the first quarter of 2017.