Agenda and minutes

Venue: REMOTE MEETING - MICROSOFT TEAMS

Contact: Democratic Services Department 

Items
No. Item

182.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

No apologies for absence were received as all Members were present.

183.

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 L Davies Declared his Interest in Item 4 – Notice of Motion – Leisure Trust as he works for the Trust.

 

Councillor D Roberts Declared his Interest in Item 4 – Notice of Motion – Leisure Trust as he is a Trustee and has Dispensation to Speak and Vote.

 

Councillor M Jones Declared her Interest in Item 4 – Notice of Motion – Leisure Trust as she is a Trustee and has Dispensation to Speak and Vote.

 

184.

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:

 

184a

Full Council: 06/07 2022 pdf icon PDF 155 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Meeting of the Full Council Meeting held 6 July 2022 be accepted as a correct record.

184b

Cabinet: 06/07/2022 pdf icon PDF 240 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held 6 July 2022 be accepted as a correct record.

184c

Cabinet: 26/07/2022 pdf icon PDF 128 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held 26 July 2022 be accepted as a correct record.

184d

Cabinet: 10/08/2022 pdf icon PDF 222 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held 10 August 2022 be accepted as a correct record.

184e

Planning, Regulatory and Licensing: 29/06/2022 pdf icon PDF 154 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Planning, Regulatory and Licensing Committee held 29 June 2022 be accepted as a correct record.

184f

Rights of Way: 13/07/2022 pdf icon PDF 130 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Rights of Way Committee held 13 July 2022 be accepted as a correct record.

184g

Governance and Audit Committee: 18/07/2022 pdf icon PDF 164 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Governance and Audit Committee held 18 July 2022 be accepted as a correct record.

184h

Scrutiny : Corporate Support and Resources: 28/06/2022 pdf icon PDF 166 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Corporate Support and Resources Scrutiny Committee held 28 June 2022 be accepted as a correct record.

184i

Scrutiny : Regeneration, Public Protection and Housing: 05/07/2022 pdf icon PDF 34 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Regeneration, Public Protection and Housing Scrutiny Committee held 5 July 2022 be accepted as a correct record.

184j

Scrutiny : Learning and LGES: 20/06 2022 pdf icon PDF 38 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Learning and LGES Scrutiny Committee held 20 June 2022 be accepted as a correct record.

184k

Scrutiny : Social Services: 21/06/2022 pdf icon PDF 167 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Social Services Scrutiny Committee held 21 June 2022 be accepted as a correct record.

184l

Scrutiny : Neighbourhood Services, Planning and Countryside: 27/06/2022 pdf icon PDF 159 KB

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Minutes of the Neighbourhood Services, Planning and Countryside Scrutiny Committee held 27 June 2022 be accepted as a correct record.

185.

Leisure Services pdf icon PDF 400 KB

Minutes:

Notice of Motion – Leisure Services

 

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

 

Councillor K Gibbs referred the Council to the Notice of Motion as detailed at Item Four of the agenda in relation to the Leisure Services and read out the Motion in full.

 

This Motion was then seconded by Councillor B Carter.

 

Questions were then raised by Members on the Notice and were responded to by Members.

 

The Monitoring Officer also gave advise in relation to procedure.

 

A Member then suggested an amendment to the Motion and another Member indicated that they would support this amendment.

 

However, this suggestion of an amendment was not accepted by the Members who had submitted the Motion.

 

Considerable debate then ensued on the Motion.

 

A Vote was then taken on the Motion as detailed in Item Four of the agenda and it was

 

Resolved that:

 

The Local Authority open Formal Consultations with the General Public, Merthyr Tydfil Leisure Trust, Trade Unions and all relevant Stakeholders with the overarching objective to return Leisure Services back under the control of Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.  A full report on the results of the Consultation to be presented at Full Council no later than 11 January 2023. 

186.

Safer and Cleaner Streets pdf icon PDF 276 KB

Minutes:

Notice of Motion – Safer and Cleaner Streets

 

Councillor D Jones referred the Council to the Notice of Motion as detailed at Item Five of the agenda in relation to Safer and Cleaner Streets and read out the Motion in full.

 

This Motion was then seconded by Councillor B Carter.

 

Questions were then raised by Members on the Notice and were responded to by Members.

 

The Monitoring Officer also give advice on procedure and legislation.

 

A Member then made a suggestion for an amendment to the Motion but this amendment was not accepted by the Members who had submitted the Motion.

 

Considerable debate then ensued on the Motion.

 

A vote was then taken on the Motion that the Council:

 

(a)    Implement a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to include the enforcement of penalties for Dog Fouling etc

(b)    Reinstate the Dog Warden Post

(c)    Take a tougher approach to Fly Tipping which includes the Removal Enforcement and Penalties for Fly Tipping on privately owned land

(d)    Remove all Charges for Pest Control Services to residents of the County Borough

 

The Vote was tied – Fifteen for and Fifteen against.

 

The Mayor then gave his Casting Vote against the Motion and therefore the Motion fell.

 

187.

Playgrounds and Parks pdf icon PDF 264 KB

Minutes:

Notice of Motion – Playgrounds and Parks

 

Councillor D Jones referred the Council to the Notice of Motion as detailed at Item Six of the agenda in relation to Playgrounds and Parks and read out the Motion in full.

 

The Motion was then seconded by Councillor G Lewis.

 

Questions were then raised by Members on the Notice and were responded to by Members.

 

Considerable debate then ensued on the Motion.

 

A Vote was then taken on Motion that the Council:

 

Proposes the implementation of a Structured Plan to ensure that all Playgrounds in all Eleven Electoral Wards are either Updated, Renewed or Replaced by the end of 2026 / 27 Financial Year.

 

The Vote was tied – Fifteen For and Fifteen against.

 

The Mayor then gave his Casting Vote against the Motion and therefore the Motion fell.

188.

Risk Management Strategy/Policy pdf icon PDF 456 KB

To consider report of the Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The Council’s Risk Management Strategy / Policy (Appendix 1) be approved.

189.

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment 2022 pdf icon PDF 293 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

(a)    The Childcare Sufficiency Assessment and Associated Action Plan be approved for submission and for publication

(b)    Updates on progress against the recommendations within the Associated Action Plan be reported annually to Elected Members be approved.

190.

Play Sufficiency Assessment 2022 pdf icon PDF 703 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Social Services

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

(a)    The 2022 Play Sufficiency Assessment (PSA) and Annual Play Action Plan as required under Section 11 of the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010 and Play Sufficiency (Wales) Regulations 2012 be approved and submitted to Welsh Government

(b)    Updates on progress against the recommendations within the Associated Action Plan to be reported annually to Elected Members be approved.

191.

Well-being Assessment and Population Needs Assessment pdf icon PDF 535 KB

To receive report of the Chief Executive

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The report for Information be received.

192.

To deal with any other urgent business or correspondence

Minutes:

Remote Attendance

 

A Member requested clarification regarding being on Camera whilst taking part in a Committee Meeting remotely on Teams.

 

The Monitoring Officer referred to the announcement that she had made at the start of the Meeting and read out this again for clarification but that she would further clarify this matter to everyone in writing.

 

Armed Forces – Bronze Award

 

Councillor A Barry advised the Council that Cyfarthfa High School had been awarded the Armed Forces – Friendly Schools Cymru – Bronze award and extended his congratulations to the School.

193.

To receive communications from Their Worship the Mayor

Minutes:

Summer of Sporting Success for the County Borough

 

Merthyr Tydfil Cricket Club

 

The Mayor extended his Congratulations to Merthyr Tydfil Cricket Club on winning Division 2 and gaining promotion to Division 1.

 

Commonwealth Games

 

The Mayor extended his Congratulations to all the residents who had made the Commonwealth Games such a triumph.

 

Boxing

 

The Mayor also wished Gavin Gwynne the best of luck when he defends his British and Commonwealth Lightweight titles later this month.

194.

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

195.

YMCA Re-development

To receive report of the Deputy Chief Executive

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The report for Information be received.

 

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