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Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor E C Galsworthy.
Declarations of Interest
Members are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government and Finance Act 1992 relating to Council Tax, the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct
(a) Members are reminded that they must identify the item number and subject matter that their interest relates to and signify the nature of the personal interest and
(b) Where Members withdraw from a Meeting as a consequence of the disclosure of a prejudicial interest they must notify the Chair when they leave
Councillor L Mytton Declared her Interest in Item Three – 21st Century Schools Programme – Proposed New Build for Ysgol-y-Graig Primary School as she has spoken in relation to the matter at a previous Meeting.
Councillor C Tovey Declared his Interest in Item Three – 21st Century Schools Programme – Proposed New Build for Ysgol-y-Graig Primary School as he is a Member of Cefn Coed Rugby Club and has Dispensation to Speak and Vote.
Councillor H Barrett Declared his Interest in Item Three – 21st Century Schools Programme – Proposed New Build for Ysgol-y-Graig Primary School as he is a Member of Cefn Coed Rugby Club and has Dispensation to Speak and Vote.
To consider report of the Chief Executive
Councillor L Mytton having Declared her Interest in this item left the Meeting for the consideration of this item.
The Chief Executive referred the Members to the ‘21st Century Schools Programme – Proposed New Build for Ysgol-y-Graig Primary School’ report and advised that under Paragraph 1.2 of the report it should read ‘9 November 2011’.
The Chief Executive also outlined to the Members what had changed since 2011.
Ceri Dinham then outlined in detail to the Members the Consultation Process that had been undertaken and together with the Chief Executive referred to the E-Petition Policy and the E-Petitions that had been received and whilst they did not meet the Policy the E-Petitions received had been taken into consideration.
Sue Walker then referred the Members to the report and gave details of why the recommendation as outlined in Paragraph 4.31 of the report had been made in that from an Educational perspective the preferred site was Godre’r Coed Playing Fields due to the ability to deliver a 21st Century provision on one site which was sustainable for the needs of 21 Century learners.
Neil Taylor of WSP/ Parsons Brinckerhoff then referred in detail to the Access Options Appraisal as contained within the report and Option B10 as the preferred option.
Jim Allen Architect then referred to the Technical Design and Build and gave details of the advantages of the Godre’r Coed site together with the drawbacks.
The Chief Executive referred the Members to Paragraph 4.40 of the report and advised that the field was protected by the Fields in Trust.
The Chief Executive also referred to Paragraph 1.8 of the report that advised that the Professional Officers advice and recommendation was to build on the Godre’r Coed site (Option 1) for the reasons as outlined within the report.
Councillor A Barry then referred to the report and recommended Option 2 the former Vaynor and Penderyn School site be approved as the preferred location for the new Ysgol-y-Graig Primary School together with recommendations 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4 as outlined within the report.
Councillor A Barry also requested a Recorded Vote.
This recommendation was then seconded by Councillor K O’Neill.
The following questions were then raised by the Members on the report and were responded to in detail by the Officers:
· Has the Welsh Government been asked if it is prepared to fund on an unsuitable site
· Transport Option appraisal – What would happen if a serious accident occurred on the Vaynor and Penderyn Site
· What is the professional Officers preferred Option
· Godre’r Coed is an open space – Would building on this site fit in with Planning Policy – Would objections cause a delay
· Paragraph 4.30 – Disadvantages – What are the implications for the Council on the size of the site
· What is the ratio of staff to pupils – who would make the Risk Assessment
· Would there be toilet facilities on the playing field site
· Paragraph 4.4.1 – Explanation requested on what are the standards and aspirations for a ... view the full minutes text for item 695.
To deal with any other urgent business or correspondence
The Mayor advised that there was no business deemed urgent.
To receive communications from Her/His Worship the Mayor
No Communications were received from His Worship the Mayor.