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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Mr H Jackson Co-opted Member.


Declarations of Interest (including whipping declarations)

Members of this Committee 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 Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members’ Code of Conduct.   In  addition Members must declare any prohibited party whip which the Member has been given in relation to the meeting as per the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011.




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.


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The Chair welcomed Councillor C Barry Cabinet Member, Steve Peters and Zoe Thomas to the Meeting.


The Chair then referred the Committee to the ‘Preparation of Scrutiny Work Programme 2016/17’ report.


The Committee then discussed the report in detail with the Officers and the Cabinet Member and raised the following areas for consideration for inclusion in the Committee Work Programme:


·         Litter Hotspots

·         Recycling

·         Management of Taff Bargoed Park

·         Management of Cyfarthfa Park

·         Destination Management Plan

·         Cyfarthfa Heritage area

·         Rock UK

·         Bike Park Wales

·         VVP

·         Reduction in Greenhouse Gas Emissions by diverting Waste from Landfill

·         Countryside – Risks, Targets and Performance

·         European Funding Programme

·         Community Groups

·         Status of the Bus Station

·         Performance Board – Housing, Community Safety

·         Housing Renewal

·         Housing Services – Homelessness

·         Housing Allocations Policy

·         Supporting People Grant

·         Disabled Facilities Grant

·         Relationship with the COT’s Team

·         Enforcement – Taxi Licences, Fly Tipping

·         Public Toilets

·         Public Skips

·         Local Development Plan

·         Links between the Council and Merthyr College

·         Employment and Employability

·         Upskilling the Workforce


The Chair then thanked Councillor C Barry and the Officers for attending.


The Committee then agreed that at Task and Finish Group be convened in relation to Public Toilets and that this Group comprise of Councillor E C Galsworthy and Councillor M O’Neill.


The Committee also agreed that a Task and Finish Group be convened in relation to:


·         Disabled Facilities Grants / COTS

·         Enforcement


It was agreed that the Task and Finish Groups would not run simultaneously.


The Committee also agreed that where appropriate the issues raised be referred to the Social Services Scrutiny Committee.


Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow Up Actions

To receive any referrals from the other Scrutiny Committees and Audit Committee; an update from the Chair on their attendance at the Service Performance Challenge Meetings and to consider any follow up actions from the previous meeting(s).


The Chair advised that there was no update in relation to this item.


Councillor M O’Neill left the Meeting at 3.46 pm and returned at 3.47 pm.


Any Other Business deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.


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