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Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence received from Robert Holdaway (Co-optee).


Declarations of Interest (including whipping declarations)

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


Nicola Mahoney declared an interest in the Cwm Taf Community Safety Partnership update report.


Cwm Taf Community Safety Partnership update pdf icon PDF 529 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Community Regeneration


Chair asked for everyone to introduce themselves and welcomed Sally Burke, Lee Jones and Gary Black to the meeting. 


Steve Peters took the Committee through the report and presentation in detail in relation to:


·         Anti-social behaviour

·         Drug litter

·         Multi agency partnership that has been undertaken


In addition, Sally Burke spoke to the Committee in relation to the changes that have taken place in Cwm Taf.


Lee Jones then referred to events such as the champions league final and how policing for this event had a significant impact.  He also advised that their office is also responsible for victim support services and their continued main priorities are ensuring partnership working around early intervention and positive action.


Gary Black provided a brief outline on channel panel regeneration coming into force and offender management.


The Chair thanked Sally Burke, Lee Jones and Gary Black.


Officers provided advice and background information in relation to the following questions from the Committee:


·         A Member asked how many times they can go through this process and what happened to offenders committing further crimes.


·         A member enquired how this related to low level crime and how it affected their families.


·         Members raised the issue of continuity of police officers at meetings. 


·         A Member enquired whether Police received funding for Cwm Taf to carry out services e.g. CCTV.


·         In relation to funding, how will this affect the effectiveness of the partnership and the various partners? 


·         A Member enquired with regard to road safety and whether presentations could be given to certain areas.


·         Questions were also raised concerns about drug users, boys on push bikes carrying metal bars, spate of car thefts and lock-ups and requested that Police look at this issue.




·         The contents of the report be noted and a further recommendation 2.3 be added:-


·         2.3 The possibility of a joint neighbourhood scrutiny committee with a neighbouring Authority (possibly Rhondda Cynon Taf) .


·         This is happening with PCB already and makes sense with regard to resources and partners time.



Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions


The Chair gave an update from the Neighbourhood Services Scrutiny Committee on 30 January 2017 with regard to:


·                     Performance Report – Corporate Plan Priority Area 7 – A Sustainable Environment


-       Committee requested a list of the hotspots across the County Borough.  Chair advised if we were given the list then they would be made available to the public and therefore just the number of hotspots in each ward would be provided (as follows):-


      Town – 20, Penydarren – 7, Dowlais – 10, Gurnos – 5, Plymouth – 4, Vaynor – 5, Merthyr Vale – 7, Treharris – 4, Cyfarthfa – 3, Bedlinog -1, Park - 2, Taff Trail – 1.  Total – 69.


-       With regard to the purchase of additional CCTV, the matter was brought up in the fortnightly councillor fly tipping meeting and agreed there are no resources available to carry out the extra requirements of deploying more cameras. However, moving forward there was a suggestion from the Committee that even in the absence of cameras, the Authority should consider putting up signs in the hotspot areas, which in itself might deter fly-tipping.  In response to this an extra 20 fly tipping and 20 dog fouling signs have been ordered.


·                     Performance Report – Community Safety


-       Bi-weekly meetings are often cancelled due to shift patterns of the police and Committee felt that this was unacceptable.  Committee were advised that despite the difficulties around sustaining the frequency of meetings agreed, the feedback being received is that some of the perpetrators of drug littering have been addressed by the support of the Police through the Criminal Behaviour Order process restricting their movements with the town centre.  The Police have actively contributed addressing this issue.  Therefore, it was not wished for any criticism of Police to be conveyed and the matter will be raised at the full meeting of the group.


-        Extract from the report – “Not all existing high risk businesses were inspected within 28 days of their due date, or new businesses inspected within 28 days of commencement of trading as required by the Food Law Code of Practice”.  It was questioned was this down to resource issues and that is it an identified risk to the service. The Committee commented that the wellbeing of consumers and the general public is paramount and suggests that whilst the figure improved last year, the department works towards the 100% figure as per the Code of Practice.   It was advised that whilst the Committee’s comments are noted, although they will work towards the target it was unlikely to be achieved as although we mitigate the risk by ensuring high risk premises are visited, and if they are outside the 28 days then it is a matter of day/weeks rather than months.  New businesses are risked assessed on the type of operation undertaken and high risk premises are prioritised.  Low risk new premises e.g. sweet shop will be outside of the 28 days.


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Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair.


The Chair and Committee reflected in detail on the issues that had been considered at the meeting.


Scrutiny Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 3 MB

To consider the attached report


The Chair updated Members on the Scrutiny Work Programme.


Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair advised that there was no other business deemed urgent. 


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