Agenda and minutes

Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBER

Contact: Democratic Services Department 

Items
No. Item

457.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor C Barry, Councillor S Jago and Councillor G Richards.

458.

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

 

Note:

 

(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

Minutes:

Councillor D Roberts Declared his Interest in Item Seven – Corporate Sustainability Programme – Budget Reduction Proposals – Recommendation 2.18.2 – He has a Parking Permit and Item Ten – Issuing of a Section 188 Letter to Trade Unions – His wife is employed by the Local Authority.

 

Councillor D Jones Declared his Interest in Item Seven – Corporate Sustainability Programme – Budget Reduction Proposals – Recommendation 2.5 – He uses the Council’s Waste Service

 

Councillor D Sammon Declared his Interest in Item Twelve – Cyfarthfa Park, Castle, Museum, Art Gallery and Heritage Assets operated by Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust Due Diligence Exercise – He sits on the Board of the Leisure Trust and has received Dispensation.

 

Councillor K Gibbs Declared his Interest in Item Seven – Corporate Sustainability Programme – Budget Reduction Proposals – Recommendation 2.1 – NS023 – He has a Garden and Garage Tenancy 

 

Councillor C T Jones Declared his Interest in Item Seven – Corporate Sustainability Programme – Budget Reduction Proposals – Recommendation 2.18.2 – He has a Parking Permit

 

Councillor G Lewis Declared his Interest in Item Seven – Corporate Sustainability Programme – Budget Reduction Proposals – Recommendation 2.18.2 – He has a Parking Permit

 

Councillor M Colbran Declared his Interest in Item Seven – Corporate Sustainability Programme – Budget Reduction Proposals – Recommendation 2.18.2 – He uses the Council’s Waste Services

 

Councillor H Barrett Declared his Interest in Item Seven – Corporate Sustainability Programme – Budget Reduction Proposals – Recommendation 2.18.2 – He has a Parking Permit and Recommendation 2.17 - He is the Older Persons Champion

 

Councillor L Davies Declared his Interest in Item Twelve – Cyfarthfa Park, Castle, Museum, Art Gallery and Heritage Assets operated by Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust Due Diligence Exercise – He works for the Leisure Trust and Item Ten – Issuing of a Section 188 Letter to Trade Unions – His wife is employed by the Local Authority.

459.

Minutes of Previous Meeting(s)

To approve as accurate the Minutes of the following Meetings:

Minutes:

Council approves as accurate (subject to any amendments) the Minutes of the following Meetings:

459a

Full Council: 11/09/2019 pdf icon PDF 150 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Full Council Meeting held 11 September 2019 be accepted as a correct record.

459b

Cabinet: 11/09/2019 pdf icon PDF 133 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held 11 September 2019 be accepted as a correct record.

459c

Cabinet: 09/10/2019 pdf icon PDF 112 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held 9 October 2019 be accepted as a correct record.

459d

Audit: 09/09/2019 pdf icon PDF 115 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Audit Committee held 9 September 2019 be accepted as a correct record.

 

 

459e

Scrutiny : Governance, Performance, Business Change and Corporate Services: 03/09/2019 pdf icon PDF 112 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Governance, Performance, Business Change and Corporate Services Scrutiny Committee held 3 September 2019 be accepted as a correct record.

459f

Scrutiny : Regeneration and Public Protection: 10/09/2019 pdf icon PDF 118 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Regeneration and Public Protection Scrutiny Committee held 10 September 2019 be accepted as a correct record.

459g

Scrutiny : Social Services: 17/09/2019 pdf icon PDF 125 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Social Services Scrutiny Committee held 17 September 2019 be accepted as a correct record.

459h

Planning, Regulatory and Licensing: 18/09/2019 pdf icon PDF 57 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Planning, Regulatory and Licensing Committee held 18 September 2019 be accepted as a correct record.

459i

Licensing Committee: 02/10/2019 pdf icon PDF 33 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Licensing Committee held 2 October 2019 be accepted as a correct record.

460.

MTCBC Annual Performance Report pdf icon PDF 441 KB

To consider report of the Interim Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Council’s Annual Performance Report be approved.

461.

Procurement Strategy 2019-2022 pdf icon PDF 198 KB

To consider report of the Interim Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The revisions to the Procurement Strategy be approved.

462.

Carbon Management Plan pdf icon PDF 209 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Neighbourhood Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Authority’s first Carbon Management Plan (CMP) which outlines Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council’s (MTCBC’s) strategy to reduce CO2 emissions by 15% by 2025 across the identified scope be approved.

463.

Corporate Sustainability Programme – Budget Reduction Proposals

To consider report of the Interim Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor A Barry led the Council through the ‘Corporate Sustainability Programme – Budget Reduction Proposal’ report and referred to each recommendation as outlined within the report.

 

Recommendation 2.1 – Councillor A Barry advised of an amendment to the recommendation to withdraw ED 015 in relation to the Education Budget.

 

Resolved subject to the foregoing that:

 

Recommendation 2.1 - The realignment of budgets, revisions to budget assumptions and implementation of operational budget matters as detailed in 2.1 in each of the Directorate schedules appended to this report with the exception of ED 015 of the Education Directorate be noted.

 

Further resolved that:

 

Recommendation 2.2 - The freezing of the Planning Team Leader post for three years be approved.

 

Recommendation 2.3.1 - The increase in charges for skips permits from £26 to £35 be approved.

 

Recommendation 2.3.2 - The increase in charges for scaffolding permits from £26 to £35 be approved.

 

Recommendation 2.3.3 - The increase in charges for building materials from £27 to £35 be approved.

 

Recommendation 2.3.4 - The increase in charges for drop kerb applications from £80 to £110 be approved.

 

Recommendation 2.4 - The increase in bulky waste collection fees from £18 to £25 be not approved.

 

Councillor M Colbran and Councillor D Jones having Declared their Interest in Recommendation 2.5 left the Chamber for the consideration of this recommendation.

 

Recommendation 2.5 - The increased fee for Trade Waste Transfer Notes from £20 to £40 be approved.

 

Recommendation 2.6 - The closure of the Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres on Boxing Day be approved.

 

Recommendation 2.7 - The non-acceptance of paint at the Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres be approved.

 

Recommendation 2.8 - The removal of the residual waste collection discount to schools be approved.

 

Recommendation 2.9 – A Member proposed an amendment to the recommendation that ‘the recommendation stands as it is on the basis that the Centre remains open until at least 7.00 pm in the summer months’

 

The Interim Chief Executive then suggested deferral of the recommendation to look at operational matters.

 

The Member then withdrew his amendment.

 

Recommendation 2.9 was then deferred.

 

Recommendation 2.10 was withdrawn

 

Recommendation 2.11 was withdrawn

 

Recommendation 2.12 was deferred

 

Recommendation 2.13 was deferred

 

Recommendation 2.14 - The removal of the allocation of Revenue Support Grant monies from subsidised transport and rationalisation of currently subsidised routes be approved.

 

Recommendation 2.15 - Consultation for the removal of the school bus service between Pentwyn, Quakers Yard and Edwardsville School, following the assessment of a safe walking route to school, be approved and a report brought back to Council with further recommendations.

 

Recommendation 2.16 - The reduction in support costs to the Merthyr Tydfil Town Centre Business Improvement District be approved.

 

Recommendation 2.17 was withdrawn

 

A Member requested a Recorded Vote in relation to Recommendation 2.18.1

 

The Monitoring Officer advised that this proposal had to be agreed by at least Five Members.

 

By a show of hands it was agreed that a Recorded Vote be undertaken.

 

Voting was as follows:

 

Councillor

For

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Adjournment

The Mayor called for a short adjournment.

464.

Concessionary Travel Card Replacement Service pdf icon PDF 276 KB

To receive report of the Interim Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The report for Information be received.

465.

Exempt

In order for the following to be considered in private, it is suggested that the public be excluded from the Meeting on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 12, 13, 14 under Part 4 of Schedule 12A Section 100 (A) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

 

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The public be excluded from the Meeting on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 12, 13 and 14 under Part 4 of Schedule 12A Section 100 (A) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972

466.

Issuing of a Section 188 Letter to Trade Unions

To consider report of the Interim Chief Executive

Minutes:

Councillor L Davies and Councillor D Roberts having Declared their Interest in this item left the Chamber for the consideration of this item.

 

Councillor H R Jones left the Meeting at 7.30 pm.

 

Councillor A Barry led the Council through the ‘Issuing of a Section 188 Letter to Trade Union’ report and proposed the recommendations as contained within the report.

 

Questions were then raised by the Members on the report and were responded to in detail by the Officers.

 

Clarification was also given by Fran Donnelly on the employee numbers in the report.

 

A Member then proposed an amendment that Paragraph 5.6 and Paragraph 5.7 be removed.

 

A Vote was then taken on the amendment that Paragraphs 5.6 and 5.7 be removed and the amendment fell.

 

A Member then requested a Recorded Vote on the recommendations.

 

The Monitoring Officer advised that this proposal had to be agreed by at least five Members.

 

By a show of hands it was agreed that a Recorded Vote be undertaken.

 

A Recorded Vote was then undertaken and the recommendations as contained within the report were not accepted.

 

Councillor E C Galsworthy left the Meeting at 8.17 pm.

467.

Appointing an Interim Deputy Chief Executive

To consider report of the Interim Chief Executive

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The appointment of Alyn Owen as the Interim Deputy Chief Executive on a secondment fixed term with effect from 24 October 2019 to the 12 September 2020 be approved.

468.

Cyfarthfa Park, Castle, Museum, Art Gallery & Heritage Assets operated by Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust Due Diligence Exercise

To consider report of the Chief Officer Community Regeneration

Minutes:

Councillor L Davies having Declared his Interest in this item left the Chamber for the consideration of this item.

 

Resolved that:

 

The recommendations as contained within the report be approved.

469.

To deal with any other urgent business or correspondence

Minutes:

The Mayor advised that there was no business deemed urgent.

470.

To receive communications from Her/His Worship the Mayor

Minutes:

No Communications were received from his Worship the Mayor.

 

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