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Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor S Jago and Nicola Mahoney, 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


No Declarations of Interest were made.


Developing the Scrutiny Work Programme 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To consider the attached report


The Chair asked for everyone to introduce themselves.


Howard Jones introduced the report and in particular referred to The Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 which requires Scrutiny Committee to publish forward plans of their scrutiny work.  He further advised that there would be a total of six meetings up until March 2018, with an average of three items per meeting.


Resolved that:


The contents of the report be noted and the Committee commences the development of its work programme for 2017/18.


Neighbourhood Services - Update pdf icon PDF 321 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Neighbourhood Services


Cheryllee Evans referred the Committee to the report and asked each relevant service manager to provide a brief update on each of the following service areas:-


·         Waste Management

·         Carbon Management

·         Highways & Street Lighting

·         Parks & Grounds Maintenance

·         Fly Tipping & Street Cleansing


The following questions were raised by the Committee and were responded to in detail by the Officers:-


·         Residual waste – Is there a financial gain?

·         Pre-election promises with regard to changes to the way refuse and recycling was collected by the authority

·         Household waste recycling centre - changes to criteria

·         British Gas - accuracy of bills

·         Energy management - team member

·         Monitoring of private appliances in offices

·         Invest to save projects

·         Street lighting complaints

·         Performance indicator data updates

·         Volunteer and community groups – what are the future plans

·         Joint partnership working

·         Mothballed playing fields

·         Breakdown of staff roles

·         Environmental enforcement officers and use of Defra guidance

·         Education training of litter management in schools

·         Legal obligation of providing name and address to enforcement officers

·         Areas/location of enforcement officers and use of bonus schemes

·         Use of Merthyr Tydfil and County Borough instead of Merthyr and Borough.


Resolved that:


The content of the report be noted.


Regulatory Services pdf icon PDF 166 KB

To consider report of the Chief Officer Neighbourhood Services


Huw Roberts took Members through the report in detail and highlighted the priorities along with its main risks and challenges.


Councillors C Jones and H Barrett commented that Town Planning were doing well and complimented them on the improvement with regard to plans being viewed at Committee.


Resolved that:


The Annual Monitoring Report of the Local Development Plan 2006 – 2021 and the Development Control Annual Performance Report are reported to Scrutiny as part of its annual work programme.


Survey of Members - Meeting Start Time pdf icon PDF 113 KB

To consider the attached report


Resolved that:


This item be deferred.


Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions


Howard Jones advised there was a referral at Governance the previous week  regarding sports pitches and facilities in the County Borough.


Committee agreed that a report be brought to the next meeting.


Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair.


The Chair and the Committee reflected on the items discussed at the meeting.


Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.


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