Leader of the Council and Place Shaping Cabinet Member – Minutes – 4 September 2017

5 (5) APPLICATIONS FOR GRANT ASSISTANCE – NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE TWINNING ASSOCIATION AND WINTERTON AND SAFFRE TOWN TWINNING ASSOCIATION – The Director: Governance and Partnerships submitted a report considering two applications for financial assistance towards the cost of exchanges between the North Lincolnshire Twinning Association and Clamart, France and between the Winterton Town and Saffre Town Twinning Association and Saffre, France.

The council’s former Policy Committee agreed that the council’s approach in respect of twinning/linking should be to adopt an ‘arm’s length’ relationship (minute 946 refers). That committee also agreed that the former Tourism and Linking Sub Committee should consider applications for informal linking activities deemed beneficial across North Lincolnshire.  The maximum grant available was set at £200 and it also approved criteria in respect of grant applications for linking activities which demonstrated and encouraged mutual, cultural and social awareness (minute 978 refers).

An application had now been received from the North Lincolnshire Twinning Association for assistance towards the costs of a visit to Clamart in November 2017, where there would also be an associated civic reception for the Mayor and Mayoress of North Lincolnshire. The visit would also establish further links with schools and rugby clubs in North Lincolnshire, and highlight tourism and cultural places and events.

A further application had been received from the Winterton Town and Saffre Town Twinning Association for assistance towards the costs of a visit to Saffre to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the formal twinning arrangement. This would consist of approximately 18 Winterton representatives of the Association including adults and young people of various ages under 18 involved in the Association. The visit would take place from in August 2017. The Association had regular fund raising events, and provided a local community magazine and active social media pages, which continued to develop educational, cultural and social links with members of the Saffre association.

These were both long standing twinning arrangements involving local communities which the council had continued to support over the years.  Both applications met the criteria set out in minute 978 referred to above.

Resolved – (a) That a grant of £200 be made to the North Lincolnshire Twinning Association, and (b) that a grant of £200 be made to the Winterton and Saffre Town Twinning Association.

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