Agenda and minutes


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Apologies for absence


Apologies for absence were received from Tomas Butler, Youth Forum 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


Declarations of interest were received from Councillor Jeremy Davies with regard to Item 4 (Merthyr Valleys Homes – Tackling Fly-Tipping, an Overview) as Chairman of the Gurnos Mens Project and Councillor Lee Davies as a member of the Gurnos Mens Project.


Environmental Enforcement across the County Borough pdf icon PDF 284 KB

No Officers in attendance – Report for information.


The Chair advised this was a report for information only.


Merthyr Valleys Homes – Tackling Fly-Tipping, an Overview pdf icon PDF 167 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:


The Chair introduced Victoria Slater and Maria Lewis, Merthyr Valley Homes to the Committee and invited them to provide a brief synopsis of the report.


The following questions/comments were raised by Committee:-


·         Size of enforcement litter team and whether this was sufficient

·         State of garage sites at Beech and Cherry Grove

·         Could spot checks be carried out on gardens/reporting back on these

·         Are there specific tenancy conditions relating to litter

·         How does Fly mapper work

·         Were sites cleared following recorded incidents of fly tipping and who cleared these sites

·         What are Revader CCTV cameras and how do they work:-

-     mains or battery operated

-     cost

-     remote view/maneoverable

-     battery life

·         Concern over re-charging tenants who are already financially compromised

·         How many staff were in the enforcement team/how many just dealt with the cameras/how much time was spent on dealing with these matters

·         Have you had much success with the cameras

·         Have the community skips had a positive effect.


Members expressed their thanks for the efforts in the spring clean and cleaning the Gurnos, best wishes to Victoria in her new job and that they were pleased at the outcome of no re-offending following receipt of a warning.


Resolved that:-


Scrutiny Committee note the content of the report.



Household Waste and Recycling Centres (HWRCs) Update pdf icon PDF 208 KB

To consider the attached report


Paul Davies and Christian Thomas provided Committee with an overview to the Household Waste and Recycling Update report and in particular to the Van Permit Scheme. 


The following topics were discussed and questions/comments raised by Members and answered in detail by the Officers:-


·         Trade Waste

·         Will permit scheme be brought back to Committee

·         How does the Free Paint Scheme work and have public been made aware

·         Residents Only Policy and implications of this

·         Re-use shop – do we have much stock available and are electrical items safety tested

·         Any there any plans for a site lower down the valley (Treharris/Bedlinog)


Committee complimented the department that both sites were being run better than when via a private company and thanked the staff involved.


Resolved that:-


The content of the report be discussed and noted.


Draft Scrutiny Report - Pitch Fees and the Decreasing Rates of Participation in Team Sports in Merthyr Tydfil


The following topics were discussed and questions/comments raised by Committee:-


·         Is there a draft Lease Agreement and how will this be monitored

·         Comparison with difficulties encountered by other Local Authorities

·         Junior/Youth Clubs

·         Football Association not investing in grass root sports like WRU


Recommendation: to bring an update report to Scrutiny Committee in June 2019.





Scrutiny Committee Work Programme 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 362 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:



The following topics were raised as future items:-


·         British Tip

·         Fly Tipping

·         Covert Cameras


Sian Lyons to send updated document to Members.


Resolved that:-


That Committee consider the attached work programme and approves, revises or amends as deemed appropriate.


Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions


The Chair gave an update on this matter.


Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair.


The Chair and the Committee reflected in detail on the issues that had been discussed at the Meeting.


Forward Work Programme

To consider the attached report


Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.


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