Agenda and draft minutes

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243.

Apologies for Absence pdf icon PDF 154 KB

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor H Barrett.

244.

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 S Thomas Declared his Interest in Item 6 – Universal Credit Uplift.

245.

City Status

Minutes:

Platinum Jubilee – Merthyr Tydfil City Status Application

 

The Mayor welcomed Dr Jane Croad to the Meeting.

 

Dr Croad then made the following Presentation to Council giving details in relation to:

 

·         What is vital for a Platinum Jubilee City Status application on 8 December 2021 that reflects Merthyr Tydfil’s achievements and plans for a successful future

·         Co-operation of Leadership in Merthyr Tydfil and Beyond

·         History, Culture, Resources and Potential of Merthyr Tydfil

·         Merthyr Tydfil people need to have confidence in Merthyr Tydfil’s application for City Status

·         Comparison of Cities of the size of Merthyr Tydfil

·         City Status recently conferred by Royal Charter

·         What will Platinum Jubilee City status application on 8 December 2021 do for Merthyr Tydfil

·         Merthyr Tydfil the City of the Heads of the Valleys

·         Economic and Social Development

·         Basis for Merthyr Tydfil’s Application for City Status

·         How will Merthyr Tydfil achieve City Status

·         How does Merthyr Tydfil achieve City Status

·         City Status 2022 Competitor Towns

·         City Status 2022 Merthyr Tydfil Application

·         City Status 2022 Merthyr Tydfil Application Influential Key Leaders

·         City Status 2022 Merthyr Tydfil Application – A Ground Swell of Public Support

·         Merthyr Tydfil Bottom up City Status Process

·         Conclusion - Applying and achieving City Status for Merthyr Tydfil

 

The Mayor then thanked Dr Croad for the Presentation and expressed the hope that all residents and businesses saw the potential and got behind the bid

 

Alyn Owen then advised that if there was a consensus from the Council that this was the way to go then a report would be submitted to the next Council Meeting.

 

Questions were then raised by Members and were responded to by Dr Croad and the Officers.

 

Support for the proposal was then voiced by Members and the Leader of the Council thanked Dr Croad for the Presentation and advised that Merthyr Tydfil had everything to gain and gave support for the proposal to be taken forward.

 

 

246.

Minutes of Previous Meeting(s)

To approve as accurate the Minutes of the following Meetings:

Minutes:

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

246a

Full Council: 14/07/2021 pdf icon PDF 174 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Full Council Meeting held 14 July 2021 be accepted as a correct record.

246b

Cabinet: 14/07/2021 pdf icon PDF 172 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held 14 July 2021 be accepted as a correct record.

246c

Planning, Regulatory and Licensing: 07/07/2021 pdf icon PDF 49 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Planning, Regulatory and Licensing Committee held 7 July 2021 be accepted as a correct record.

246d

Licensing Committee: 21/07/2021 pdf icon PDF 192 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Licensing Committee held 21 July 2021 be accepted as a correct record.

246e

Licensing Committee: 21/07/2021 pdf icon PDF 32 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Licensing Committee held 21 July 2021 be accepted as a correct record.

246f

Licensing Committee: 28/07/2021 pdf icon PDF 127 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Licensing Committee held 28 July 2021 be accepted as a correct record.

246g

SACRE: 01/07/2021 pdf icon PDF 160 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the SACRE Meeting held 1 July 2021 be accepted as a correct record.

246h

Standards: 16/07 2021 pdf icon PDF 157 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Standards Committee held 16 July 2021 be accepted as a correct record.

246i

Scrutiny : Transformation, Commercialisation and Corporate Centre: 20/07/2021 pdf icon PDF 154 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Transformation, Commercialisation and Corporate Centre Scrutiny Committee held 20 July 2021 be accepted as correct record.

246j

Scrutiny : Regeneration, Public Protection and Housing: 06/07/2021 pdf icon PDF 159 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Regeneration, Public Protection and Housing Scrutiny Committee held 6 July 2021 be accepted as a correct record.

246k

Scrutiny : Learning and LGES: 07/06/2021 pdf icon PDF 137 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Learning and LGES Scrutiny Committee held 7 June 2021 be accepted as a correct record.

246l

Scrutiny : Learning and LGES: 12/07/2021 pdf icon PDF 156 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Learning and LGES Scrutiny Committee held 12 July 2021 be accepted as a correct record.

246m

Scrutiny : Social Services: 08/06/2021 pdf icon PDF 154 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Social Services Scrutiny Committee held 8 June 2021 be accepted as a correct record.

246n

Scrutiny : Social Services: 13/07/2021 pdf icon PDF 162 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Social Services Scrutiny Committee held 13 July 2021 be accepted as a correct record.

246o

Scrutiny : Neighbourhood Services, Planning and Countryside: 05/07/2021 pdf icon PDF 159 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Neighbourhood Services, Planning and Countryside Scrutiny Committee held 5 July 2021 be accepted as a correct record.

246p

Scrutiny : Neighbourhood Services, Planning and Countryside: 14/06/2021 pdf icon PDF 152 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Neighbourhood Services, Planning and Countryside Scrutiny Committee held 14 June 2021 be accepted as a correct record.

246q

Scrutiny : Neighbourhood Services, Planning and Countryside: 12/04/2021 pdf icon PDF 168 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Neighbourhood Services, Planning and Countryside Scrutiny Committee held 12 April 2021 be accepted as a correct record.

247.

Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons pdf icon PDF 447 KB

Minutes:

Resolved unanimously that:

 

The Council supports the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

248.

Universal Credit Uplift pdf icon PDF 24 KB

Minutes:

Declaration of Interest

 

Councillor S Thomas having Declared his Interest in this Item left the Meeting for the consideration of this item.

 

Resolved unanimously that:

 

The Council writes to the Prime Minister immediately to ask that the proposed cut to the Universal Credit Uplift this month does not go ahead.

249.

Diverse Council Declaration pdf icon PDF 384 KB

To consider report of the Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

(a)  Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council sign up to the Diverse Council Declaration as set out in Appendix 1 be approved

(b)  An Action Plan be developed to support the Declaration be approved

(c)  The Action Plan be presented to a Special Democratic Services Committee for consideration and sign off before coming back to Full Council for approval be agreed.

250.

Establishment of an Investigating and Disciplinary Committee pdf icon PDF 273 KB

To consider report of Head of Legal and Governance

Additional documents:

Minutes:

This item was deferred for further information and detail in the report.

 

 

251.

TUC Dying to Work Voluntary Charter pdf icon PDF 354 KB

To consider report of Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Pensions and Payroll.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Chief Executive signs the Dying to Work Voluntary Charter on behalf of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council to show its on-going commitment to supporting rights and responsibilities towards its staff be approved.

252.

Sickness Absence Policy and Sickness Absence Procedure pdf icon PDF 343 KB

To consider report of Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Pensions and Payroll.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor A Barry referred the Members to the ’Sickness Absence Policy and Sickness Absence Procedure’ report and moved the recommendations as contained within the report.

 

A Member then referred to Paragraph 1.4 of the report and enquired if all the Trade Unions that had been consulted with had agreed.

 

The Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Pensions and Payroll advised that all the Trade Unions that had been consulted with had agreed.

 

A Member then recommended that this response be added to Paragraph 1.4 of the report.

 

Another Member then referred to Recommendation 2.2 of the report and proposed that any and all minor amendments be released and made available to all Councillors.

 

Considerable debate then ensued on this proposal with  further proposals being made in relation to if any delegated authority was used that these decisions be reported to the next Meeting of Council to confirm what amendments had been made under the delegated authority.

 

Considerable debate then ensued on these amendments and the amendments were withdrawn.

 

Resolved that:

 

(a)  The updated Policy and Procedure be implemented with immediate effect be approved

(b)  Delegated authority be given to the Head of Human Resources for any minor future amendments to the Policy and Procedure in consultation with the Portfolio Member be approved.

 

253.

Facilities Time - National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) and the National Education Union (NEU) pdf icon PDF 353 KB

To consider report of Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Pensions and Payroll.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

(a)  The full time Trades Union Representative appointment for the National Association of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers (NASUWT) be extended to cover the period September 2021 to August 2022 and will then be reviewed in the next year to establish if the correct amount of facilities time is being allocated be approved

(b)  The National Education Union (NEU) representative be allocated 28 flexible days to cover the period September 2021 to August 2022 and will then be reviewed in the next year to establish if the correct amount of facilities time is being allocated be approved.

 

254.

Playground Refurbishment 2021-22 pdf icon PDF 267 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Neighbourhood Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The four sites selected for refurbishment this financial year be approved.

255.

Highways Operatives pdf icon PDF 270 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Neighbourhood Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

Additional funding to employ two apprentices on a Grade 3 and one Lead Hand on a Grade 4 be approved.

Extension of Meeting

The Mayor proposed the extension of the Meeting and this proposal was not opposed.

256.

Regional Priorities and Programmes progressed under the Regional Partnership Board pdf icon PDF 452 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The activity and progress and risk to future funding with current Integrated Care Fund (ICF) funding ending on 31 March 2022 be noted.

257.

Petition Received by the Authority pdf icon PDF 168 KB

To receive report of the Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The report for Information be received.

258.

Overview of the Standards Committee pdf icon PDF 344 KB

To receive report of the Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The report for Information be received.

259.

Change to Committee Appointment pdf icon PDF 327 KB

To receive report of the Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The report for Information be received.

260.

Boundary Reform Confirmation -Review of the Electoral Arrangements of the County Borough of Merthyr Tydfil pdf icon PDF 351 KB

To receive report of the Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The report for Information be received.

261.

Update on Young People's Participation 2020-2021: Merthyr Tydfil Borough Wide Youth Forum (MTBWYF) and Office of Youth Mayor pdf icon PDF 362 KB

To receive report of the Chief Officer Education

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The report for Information be received.

262.

To deal with any other urgent business or correspondence

Minutes:

The Mayor advised that there was no business deemed urgent.

263.

To receive communications from Her/His Worship the Mayor

Minutes:

No Communications were received from His Worship the Mayor.

264.

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 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 and 13 under Part 4 of Schedule 12A Section 100 (A) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972

265.

Appointment of Deputy Chief Executive

To consider report of Head of Human Resources, Organisational Development, Pensions and Payroll.

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The appointment of Alyn Owen as Deputy Chief Executive with effect from 9 September 2021 be approved.

 

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