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489.

Apologies for absence pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from John McCarthy, Co-optee.

490.

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

 

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:

No Declarations of Interest were received.

491.

Children’s Play Areas / Playgrounds pdf icon PDF 458 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Rob Barnett to the meeting and invited him to present the Children’s Play Areas/Playgrounds Report.

 

The following questions/comments were raised and answered in detail by the officers present:-

 

·       What is the assessment criteria for these playgrounds?

 

·       How is the assessment carried out and is this how they will be carried out in the future?

 

·       5.4 Quotes for the four playgrounds – Are you anticipating that the tenders will come in around the amount allocated (£70K each) and at what stage are we with the tenders?

 

·       5.6 Vandalism – If we are spending £280K where vandalism has occurred, how as an Authority are we going to safeguard these sites/equipment?

 

·       Are the figures from the census available to you?

 

·       Appendix 1 – Will you be looking at other sites within the vicinity?

 

·       Is it possible that the 13 years will be condensed to a lessor number of years?

 

·       How often do staff monitor playgrounds and check equipment?

 

·       Observation on Appendix 3 – Key refers to R, N, T and D, however list has no reference to these letters.

 

·       Do we have CIL money that goes towards funding parks at the moment?

 

·       Third party parks – Is there a service level agreement to maintain these parks?

 

·       Further explanation was requested to be explained to Committee regarding swings and seats in playgrounds and the damaged caused by dogs.

 

·       Appendix 1 - Playground site at Gellideg has an end of life date of 2021, why is this not one of the four sites allocated the funding, when 3 of 4 of them had end of life as 2026?

 

·       Clarity sought over playgrounds that needed more than £70K funding, the 13 year cycle and consultation.

 

 

·       Appendix 1 - Pant Park was removed due to A470 reworking – Are there any plans to replace the park in that area and was the Council compensated for the removal of the park?

 

·       What determines the type of equipment that goes into parks?

 

·       Clarity sought on funding on parks that don’t require the full £70K funding and those that require more than the £70K.

 

·       Comment – Disappointed in that this process should have started many years ago, but now welcome this and particularly pleased that the Lewis Street car park is being refurbished.

 

·       Comment - Unfortunately as playgrounds along with leisure are not a statutory function and therefore cuts were made in order to carry out statutory functions, hopefully if more money is now available to local authorities, we are able to reduce the 13 year cycle currently planned.

 

The Committee Members thanked R Barnett and his team for this excellent report, maintaining the parks and remedying issues whenever they can.

 

The Chair commented that taking into account the Future Generations Act that the 13 year plan just doesn’t cut it, and that it is down to elected members to shape future priorities and the future direction to make sure our children and grandchildren have the best facilities possible.

 

Resolved that:

 

Recommended that this report be regularly  ...  view the full minutes text for item 491.

492.

Forward Work Programme 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 621 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Detailed discussion took place in relation to the Forward Work Programme and the order of the reports to be brought to Committee.

493.

Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions

Minutes:

The Chair advised there were no matters to be discussed.

494.

Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair.

Minutes:

The Chair and the Committee reflected on the matters that had been discussed at the meeting.

495.

Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

No other business was deemed urgent by the Chair.

 

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