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Apologies for absence


The Chair paid tribute to Councillor Howard Barrett who sadly passed away.  Councillor Barrett was a deeply respected colleague who had previously served on the Neighbourhood Scrutiny Committee.


The Committee then observed a Minutes silence in honour of Councillor Howard Barrett.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Lee Davies and Phil Star, 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 received.


A Report Identifying Options for the Collection of Absorbent Hygiene Products (AHPs) Presented by WRAP Cymru pdf icon PDF 323 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:


The Chair welcomed Iwan Pearce and Owain Griffiths from WRAP Cymru to the meeting who provided a detailed presentation to the Committee on kerbside collection of absorbent hygiene products.


The following questions and comments were raised by Members and answered in detail by WRAP Cymru and the Local Authority Officers.


·       Clarity sought on:-


-       Page 11 – ‘no data is available on the number of customers that would potentially use such a service were it to be introduced’.


-       Page 12 - ‘There is limited direct evidence from local authorities currently relating to the number of service users or potential service users within each area’ and ‘table of estimated prevalence by age’.


-       Page 14 – ‘For the modelling undertaken, it is assumed 60% of potential users would sign up to the service if offered – a total of 3,201’.

-       Page 21 - Table 9 – AHP recovery and performance.

-       Current and future plans, and way forward with bin collection.

-       Nappy bags used by RCT.


·       Page 21 – What is IBA?

·       Page 22 – Whether contact had been made with the NappiCycle facility?

·       Where did the 20% bottom ash figure come from?

·       Bulking Site – There was a unit on Pengarnddu (was that site considered?).

·       Page 11 – In relation to capacity issues in a residual bin, from experience it is not a particularly easy process to obtain an extra capacity bin and further information sought on the assessment criteria.

·       Is it only 300 large capacity bins allocated within Merthyr Tydfil and how does this relate to potential AHP customers?

·       As part of the report for WRAP do you engage with residents to ask why they don’t take up the service?

·       With regard to the Performance Increase Section in the WRAP report, did you engage with NappiCycle or has NRW changed their figures since June?

·       Is this something we are looking to go forward with as an Authority?

·       Have we had prices from other providers?

·       Fly-tipped nappies - would these be placed in AHP if this service was available or would they still be flytipped?

·       Is there Welsh Government funding available for bins/nappy bags?

·       Position/situation with other Local Authorities.


·       Comments:-


-       Disappointing outcome of the report.

-       Welsh Government and WLGA should be co-ordinating as nappies should not be placed in bins in this day and age.


The Chair thanked the Officers for attending and providing the report.


Resolved that:


That the report be considered and discussed.



Replacement LDP 2016-2031: Annual Monitoring Report 2021 pdf icon PDF 302 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:


The Chair welcomed Craig Watkins and invited him to present the Replacement LDP 2016-2031: Annual Monitoring Report 2021.


The following questions and comments were made and answered in detail.


·       Page 48 – What are Class B jobs?

·       How are we going to reach the targets for employment land and open spaces?

·       Are we relying on CIL for open spaces?

·       Goatmill Road – Was half of this site originally allocated for Housing?

·       Since the LDP was developed, has there been new legislation regarding well-being and green and open spaces?

·       Page 55 – Given the amount of opposition towards the Twynyrodyn site, what would be the consequence for the LDP and the Local Authority if this doesn’t go ahead?

·       Page 57 – How long was the consultation on the LDP?

·       Is there scope for areas of the LDP to be taken out and replaced with something else?

·       Comments:-

-       CIL money – disappointed with a recent application in Trefechan where no CIL was payable.

-       Policy SW10 and SW11 Open Spaces – should be looking at smaller developments, shared use of facilities.

-       There will be a lot of backlash with these developments with regard to green spaces.


The Chair thanked C Watkins for the report and providing detailed answers to the questions.


Resolved that:


That the conclusions of the report be noted and debated.


Forward Work Programme 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 621 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:


The Chair advised the report on the Children’s Play Areas was deferred until 6th December 2021 and the Trade Waste Recycling report that was due to be reported in the December meeting, the Welsh Government have announced the delay in the introduction of that legislation until next year, therefore this item will be deferred until 2022.


Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions


The Chair advised there were no matters to be discussed.


Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair.


The Chair and the Committee reflected on the matters that had been discussed at the meeting with particular emphasis on the disappointment with the outcome of the report identifying options for the collection of absorbent hygiene products (AHPs) presented by WRAP Cymru.



Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair


No other business was deemed urgent by the Chair.


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