Agenda and minutes

Items
No. Item

153.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor B Carter.

154.

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.

 

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 made.

155.

Development Control Performance Report - Regulatory Services pdf icon PDF 136 KB

To consider report of Judith Jones, Head of Planning and Countryside.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Councillor P Williams, Councillor C Barry and Huw Roberts to the Meeting.

 

Huw Roberts referred the Committee to the Development Control Performance Report – Regulatory Services’ report.

 

The following questions were then raised by the Committee and were responded to in detail by Huw Roberts:

 

·         Paragraph 6.4 of the report - Explanation requested re: Public Access and Agents Forum – Are Minutes kept of these Meetings to react to the issues raised

 

·         Paragraphs 3.4 and 3.5 of the report – What is Planning’s impact on the Countryside

 

·         Effect of the Planning Act 2015 – Has this altered the length of time of applications – Could there be an effect on the timings of applications to Committee

 

·         Could a breakdown of figures be given – The percentage of applications that are considered by Committee – Major applications – what percentage of major applications are delegated or are considered by Committee

 

·         How many applications agreed to are subject to Building Regulations undertaken by the Council and how much income is there from this

 

·         Paragraph 4.6 of the report – Key Indicators and Paragraph 7.2 of the report – Why is there a drop in the percentage

 

·         Department staffing – Expertise and Capacity

 

·         The number of years of Housing land – What is the impact in terms of Planning - Does this include greenfield and brownfield land

 

·         Appendix I Data – Why are there no figures for the two years in between – Comparisons with other Councils

 

Resolved that:

 

The judgements and evaluations be noted.

156.

Performance Report - Corporate Plan Priority Area 5- Economic Development pdf icon PDF 175 KB

To consider report of Alyn Owen, Chief Officer Community Regeneration.

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Alyn Owen, Ewan McWilliams, Zoe Thomas and Sian Lyons to the Meeting.

 

Ewan McWilliams referred the Committee to the Performance Report – Corporate Plan, Priority Area 5 Economic Development’ report.

 

Councillor P Brown left the Meeting at 3.00pm and returned at 3.03 pm.

 

The following questions were then raised by the Committee and were responded to in detail by the Officers:

 

·         Paragraph 4.1– Who made the judgements

 

·         Paragraph 6.2 – Why is there a reduction – Breakdown of figures requested

 

·         Key Indicators – Which one is the most relevant

 

·         What would the Officers like to see changed to address the shortfall in Housing Land Supply from an Economic Development point of view

 

·         What would the Officers like to see included in the Local Development Plan

 

·         Paragraph 3.4 – How are skills being identified and what trends are coming through

 

·         With regard to Skills – How do the links between schools and the College fit in – What is their provision

 

·         Appendix II – Projects – What are 6.1 and 6.2 referring to

 

·         Paragraph 4.1- Median annual pay – Why is there a variance

 

·         Paragraph 1.1 – Benchmarking – Numerical targets together with monitoring and evaluation

 

Councillor E C Galsworthy entered the Meeting at 3.06 pm.

 

Resolved that:

 

The judgements and evaluation be noted.

 

157.

Performance Report - Corporate Plan Priority Area 6 - Employability pdf icon PDF 165 KB

To consider report of Alyn Owen, Chief Officer Community Regeneration.

Minutes:

Ewan McWilliams referred the Committee to the Performance Report – Corporate Plan – Priority Area 6 – Employability’ report.

 

The following questions were then raised by the Committee and were responded to in detail by the Cabinet Members and the Officers:

 

·         What are the drivers and numerical targets

 

·         Paragraph 7.4 – European Funding  - Ways to get funding

 

·         What is the relationship with private providers and the College

 

·         Paragraph 6.4 – Age population in employment fluctuation – Are there specific reasons why

 

·         Are the Officers confident that there are the tools in place to make a positive leap

 

·         Availability of Vocational classes at Merthyr College – Number of pupils required for a course

 

·         Could a Matrix be provided – re need and supply of skills

 

·         Inspire to Work Programme – Is there an alternative project

 

·         Appendix II – Project (B) – What is the Progress on the Project

 

The Chair then thanked the Cabinet Members and the Officers for attending.

 

The Committee then discussed the skills that were needed and the provision of training and the role of the College in this.

 

The Committee then agreed that a representative from the College together with Alyn Owen be invited to attend a future Committee Meeting to address the issues raised by the Committee.

 

The Chair advised that he would also raise this issue with the Chair of the Learning and LAESCYP Scrutiny Committee.

158.

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).

Minutes:

The Chair advised that he had advised the Governance, Performance, Business Change and Corporate Services Committee of the Task and Finish Group in relation to Disabled Facilities Grants.

159.

Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair.

Minutes:

The Chair and the Committee reflected on the items that had been discussed at the Meeting.

160.

Scrutiny Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 171 KB

To consider this report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Scrutiny Committee Work Programme’ report.

 

A Committee Member then referred to the issues of European Funding and engagement with other Council’s and the Welsh Government and that these issues could be part of the Work Programme.

161.

Any Other Business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.

 

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