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What is the LAG?
The Local Action Group (LAG) is a group constituted circa ten years ago to oversee the delivery of previous Rural Development Programmes. At a meeting in mid-2014 the group approved Monmouthshire County Council as Administrative Body for the RDP LEADER programme.
Newport City Council expressed an interest in joining Monmouthshire with the new programme and so new members were invited to join to the LAG to have a balanced representation from both council areas. The LAG was duly named the Vale of Usk LAG.
There are currently 22 members of the LAG drawn from Private, Public and 3rd Sectors. They have been selected because of their knowledge of rural affairs in the area and special expertise in one of the five areas of activity (referred to as “Themes”)
The LAG meet quarterly on an agenda drawn up by a small strategy group led by the LAG Chairman. LAG members are allocated to one or more of the five theme areas and will work as a team to stimulate interest, initiate and oversee projects. The overarching purpose of the LAG is to stimulate and encourage industrial, commercial, social, environmental and cultural development in the rural areas of the Vale of Usk (comprising the rural and service centre wards of Monmouthshire and Newport)
Monmouthshire County Council has been awarded £2.79M of Rural Development Programme (RDP) money from the European Union and the Welsh Government. The funding will aid the delivery of the LEADER programme (one of main RDP programmes) in Monmouthshire and rural Newport.
The Vale of Usk region is defined by the rural areas or wards of Newport and Monmouthshire and also includes a number of semi-rural centres that provide important services to the adjoining rural wards; these are called service centres and are entitled to partial funding opportunities.
These articles give details of all the projects that are currently being worked on, and those that have been completed.
Rural Development Programme (RDP) funding can be used to help rural communities and rural businesses who have new ideas and potential projects that will help grow our rural economy and increase future prosperity.
These are some case studies from projects successfully delivered during the past six years of the Rural Development Programme. Please note that these projects may not be representative for this new LEADER programme.