Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBER
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor B Carter, Anne Morgan Co-opted Member and Kaitlin Sutton Youth Forum Representative.
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.
To consider the attached report.
Ellis Cooper referred the Committee to the MTCBC Transformation and Efficiency Programme’ report.
The following questions were then raised by the Committee on the report and were responded to in detail by the Officers:
· How is the impact of cuts being measured on the population and the impact on the local society for example in terms of debt, poverty, anti-social behaviour
· Would it be possible to see an example of a business case
· Austerity and the effect
· The impact of Universal Credit
· Where to get stronger links between the Officers and Scrutiny
· How can the Authority try and improve the services to the public
· Current situation on the partnership with Cwm Taf
· Paragraph 5.1 – Expansion and more details requested on what this means
The Committee were advised that a suite of business cases could be provided and the Officers would come back to the Committee on this.
The judgements and evaluations be noted.
To consider the attached report
Alyn Owen referred the Committee to the ‘Working Life (WL2) – Developing the Environment and Infrastructure for Business to Flourish’ report and referred in detail to Paragraph 4.5 of the report.
The following questions were then raised by the Committee on Appendix 1 and were responded to in detail by the Officers:
Wellbeing Project 1: Relocation of the Central Bus Station – Phase Two
· When is the development due to start
· Infrastructure for the whole of the County Borough - No timetables etc visible at bus stops - Who has the responsibility
· Problem of vandalism to bus shelters over the past number of years
· What has been the delay
· Location of the new bus station – How close to the train station
· Any early indications on the existing plots
· Could there be an open space left in the Town Centre
· Financial forecast for redevelopment – Allocation of finance
· Impact of City Deal – How do all the plans tie in
· Town Centre Footfall
· What is being done in terms of Regeneration – What is the Strategy for protecting growth and to protect the Town Centre
· What is the Strategy for investment and to retain business in the Town Centre
· Judgement of project adequate – Are the Officers satisfied with this judgement of adequate
· Ratios of chain and local stores in the Town Centre – Business rate costs
· Update requested on development to the top of the Town area
Request made to see the Economic Impact Assessment and the Town Centre Action Plan
Wellbeing Project 2: Active Travel Routes
· Does the Authority have its own initiative in relation to Cycle Lanes
· Use of the Taff Trail – Active Travel
· Key Stakeholders – Are Schools involved in the consultation - Has there been consideration of a Pilot scheme to encourage more cycling and walking to School – Road safety and Cycle safety – Could there be incentives for walking to school
· Litter on walkways
· Parking of Scooters and vehicles on pavements – Obstruction of routes
· Feasibility of free car parking – Impact on active travel – Loss of Revenue to the Authority – What has been discussed to date – Is there a general direction
· Could the area between ASDA and the Mountain Railway be looked at as a connected Right of Way
The Chair advised that she would be happy to look into Parking as part of the future Work Programme
Wellbeing Project 3: Childcare Sufficiency Assessment
Could the outcome of the Pilot of the 30 hour Childcare offer be looked at – Could the result be provided – Is there any information around the 30 hour funding – What is being done to address the cost of Childcare
Consideration of adding to the target – Social Enterprise – Child Care Providers
Declaration of Interest
Councillor C Davies Declared his Interest in this item as he is involved in the Plant Bach Settling Committee and Flying Start but has received Dispensation in relation to this.
Councillor D Sammon left the Meeting ... view the full minutes text for item 493.
Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow up Actions
The Chair advised that a referral had been received from Councillor A Barry in relation to Capital Monitoring and the reports that had been considered at the Cabinet Meetings held 22 November 2017 and 25 October 2017 which referred to:
· The Brandy Bridge
· Road Slippage, South of Pontygwaith
The Committee then agreed that the referral be considered in the first instance by the Neighbourhood Services, Planning and Countryside Scrutiny Committee prior to consideration by the Committee and the Audit Committee.
Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting
To receive an update from the Chair
The Chair and the Committee reflected in detail on the items that had been discussed at the Meeting.
To consider the attached report
The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Scrutiny Work Programme’ report and the Committee agreed the Work Programme.
Any other business deemed urgent by the Chair
The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.