A Prosperous Society. Target investment in specific knowledge economy sectors. Maximise benefits of St Athan & Llantrisant/NW Cardiff strategic opportunity areas. Progress proposals for Wales International Business Park. Maximise impact of HE and private sector R&D on knowledge economy.
A Sustainable Environment
Learning for Life
A Rich and Diverse Culture
A Healthy Future
A Fair and Just Society
A Strong and Confident Nation
South East Wales Area Report
THEMES AND PRIORITIES
According to the Living in Wales 2007 survey, residents in the City and Coast zone in South East Wales showed the lowest levels of neighbourhood affiliation of any area of Wales, while the Heads of the Valleys Plus zone showed the highest levels of neighbourhood affiliation in the country except for Central Wales.
Major WAG investments in South East Wales
A Healthy Future (NHS revenue, 08/09)
Living Communities (LG capital & revenue 08/09)
Transport, road schemes and grant
SCIF projects (area specific projects only)
ERDF & ESF approved projects (£81m EU grant)
Hospital renewals Ystrad Fawr / Rhymney Valley
HE, FE, 6th form and work based learning allocation
DELIVERY AND INVESTMENTS
Housing (SHG, SCIF affordable homes, renewal)
South East Wales
Social & emotional learning in Newport Schools
Early educational attainment in Newport is excellent but at Key Stage 4 performance tails off rapidly. Motivated and smart children are turning into disaffected teenagers with all the future implications for their life chances. Developing the emotional intelligence (EI) of leaders, teachers and pupils was identified in the new education strategy as a
fundamental enabler of improvement.
EI is a powerful means of improving behaviour, attendance, cultural and racial understanding and reducing exclusion. It can also improve teacher recruitment, morale and retention. The innovative approach was launched at an Emotional Intelligence in Education conference in Newport in April, attended by 200 professionals.
Over the past 18 months 4 clusters of schools have been trained and a workshop day for senior managers led by PSMW.
It’s early days but the initial challenges are positive: keeping up with schools’ enthusiasm has outweighed staff cynicism; the demand for training; and managing implementation for older pupils. Next stage will extend training to Pupil Referral Unit staff.
Innovation in Public Services
RCT Local Service Board is an exemplar of innovative approaches to service improvement driven by collective leadership from the local authority, NHS and police. Among the tough issues they are tackling are DToCs, Continuing care, Transport to health services, Alcohol misuse and Educating young people out of poverty.
Failure by many agencies to respond effectively to domestic abuse was seen to have a number of serious social knock on effects. In order to put the citizen front and centre, the LSB worked with the Kafka Brigade to understand service failings. The exercise has galvanized staff, radical new approaches are being put in place, and solutions shared with neighbouring Merthyr Tydfil CBC.
Over 30m passengers travel in Wales each year. Network Rail’s Rail Utilisation Strategy (2008) projects that usage could increase by more than 30% by 2019. In order to raise capacity further, the signalling across the area requires upgrading. And in particular, if emissions reductions are to be met and commuters make the move from car to public transport, the bottleneck at Cardiff Queen Street needs to be removed.
Under the 10-year project plan, capacity on the Valleys lines will increase by up to 1200 seats per hour by 2014. The total programme cost is £400m, half of which is in the Cardiff area. The Assembly Government and Dept for Transport are funding further enhancements of almost £40m, including new platforms at Pontypridd and Caerphilly.
South East Wales
GOOD PRACTICE CASE STUDIES
Five local authorities in South East Wales created a partnership in 2007, made formal through a Memorandum of Understanding, to address mutual residual waste disposal issues in the region.
Between them, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Newport, Monmouthshire and the Vale of Glamorgan produce almost half a million tons of waste a year, 40% of the Wales total.
Even when levels of recycling and composting have been maximised, an estimated 35% of municipal solid waste (MSW) will require disposal. The Assembly Government is proposing that landfill should only account for 10% of MSW by 2019, decreasing to 5% in 2024. So alternative options to landfill are needed.
Working with the Assembly Government’s Waste Procurement programme and Property Team, and using experienced waste procurement professionals drawn from Partnerships UK, Prosiect Gwyrdd developed an Outline Business Case which was approved by the Welsh Assembly Government in February 2009.
The Partners are now submitting their report to each of the Councils – by the end of July – seeking approval to move forward to procurement. The initial option appraisal suggests a single Energy from Waste facility would provide the optimum solution.
At a cost of around £1 billion, this would be the largest local authority collaborative project ever undertaken in Wales.
Blaenavon Community Campus is a £15m development with