Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

359.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor H Barrett, Councillor P Brown, Mrs M Jones and Mr H Jackson co-opted Members.

360.

Datgan buddiant (yn cynnwys datganiadau chwipio) / Declarations of Interest (including whipping declarations)

Minutes:

No Declarations of Interest were made.

361.

Elfennau Cefn Gwlad mewn Polisi Cynllunio a'i Gyflawniad / Countryside Elements within Planning Policy and Implementation pdf icon PDF 158 KB

I ystyried adroddiad y Dirprwy Brif Weithredwr / To consider report of the Deputy Chief Executive.

 

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Councillor P Williams, Councillor C Barry, Judith Jones and Christopher O’Brien to the Meeting.

 

Christopher O‘Brien referred the Committee to the ‘Countryside Elements within Planning Policy and Implementation’ report.

 

Councillor E C Galsworthy entered the Meeting at 2.40 pm.

 

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

 

·         Who are the Officers who comprise the Countryside Service

·         Is there sufficient capacity in the section

·         Initiatives being undertaken – What differences are these initiatives making

·         Paragraph 4.2 of the report:

·         How much work is being undertaken with Schools – How are young people getting involved – How is the information being relayed to Schools

·         Environment Act 2016 – How is this impacting on the Department – How is the Plan being progressed and who is responsible for preparing it

·         What is the position in relation to external and grant funding – Is the money being spent

·         Common Land – What integration is there with the Commoners – How are the Commoners advised of any plans

·         Can an update report be given in relation to actions on Common land

·         Can details be given of projects where money will be spent – Helpful to see a report where money has been spent together with a follow up report

·         How is bio-diversity pulled together – What are the measures of success

·         Notifiable Plants - What advice is given in relation to best practice on Council land and wasteland

·         Habitat Survey – Are the locations of the Sites of Specific Scientific Interest  widely known

·         How many Nature Reserves are there

·         Services provided by the Landscape Architect – Has income been considered

·         Paragraphs 5.5 and 5.6 of the report:

·         Are there sufficient staff for this

·         Explanation requested in relation to ‘Street Trees’

·         The issue of silt in Lakes

 

The Chair then thanked the Officer for attending the Committee.

362.

Adroddiad Perfformiad - Twf Economiadd / Performance Report - Economic Growth pdf icon PDF 255 KB

I ystyried adroddiad y Prif Swyddog Adfywio Cymunedol / To consider report of the Chief Officer Community Regeneration

 

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Chris Long, Ewan McWilliams and Deb Newton to the Meeting.

 

Chris Long referred the Committee to the ‘Performance Report – Economic Growth’ report.

 

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

 

·         Format of the report

·         Paragraph 7.4 – Details requested in relation to the 24 new jobs created

·         Are there only business start ups in the Town centre – Is help available anywhere in the County Borough

·         Details requested on the Town Centre Regeneration

·         Officer Contact details requested in relation to general advice for the public

·         How is information communicated to the public – Is the communication network efficient

·         Details requested on the number of business deaths and births

·         The impact on businesses due to the infrastructure in the area

·         Is there information available Ward by Ward on businesses

·         What is the number of units ‘to let’ in the County Borough – What is the occupation percentage – How many units are empty

·         How is information communicated to investors that units are available

·         Paragraph 4.7 / Appendix 1 Data – From where is the information obtained – Some figures are in numbers when others are in percentages

·         How are the figures to be made better – Is there anything that should be done – What can be done in these areas

·         Details requested on the recent Destination Day

 

Councillor M O’Neill left the Meeting at 3.24 pm and returned at 3.25 pm.

 

Councillor Williams then referred to the Performance Reports and suggested that time be spent on each priority area to cover each area individually.

 

The Committee then agreed that a Special Meeting be convened to consider Performance reports.

 

The Chair then thanked the Officers for attending the Committee.

363.

Adroddiad Perfformiad - Cynllun Corfforaethol / Performance Report - Corporate Plan Priority Area 5 Economic Development pdf icon PDF 190 KB

I ystyried adroddiad y Prif Swyddog Adfywio Cymunedol / To consider report of the Chief Officer Community Regeneration.

 

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

A Special Committee Meeting be convened to consider this item.

364.

Adroddiad Perfformiad - Cynllun Corffaethol / Performance Report - Corporate Plan Priority Area 6 Employability pdf icon PDF 183 KB

I ystyried adroddiad y Prif Swyddog Adfywio Cymunedol / To consider report of the Chief Officer Community Regeneration.

 

Minutes:

Employability - A Member referred to Merthyr College and to look at what was being provided in terms of skilling.

 

Resolved that:

 

This item be deferred to the next Committee Meeting.

365.

Diweddariad grwp gorchwyl a gorffen / Task and finish group update

Derbyn diweddariad oddi wrth y Cadeirydd / To receive an update from the Chair

 

Minutes:

The Chair referred to the notes of the Task and Finish Group Meeting that had been held 28 September 2016 and requested comments from the Committee.

 

The Chair also advised that this issue would be considered at the Joint Scrutiny Committee scheduled for January 2017.

366.

Cyfeiriadau Craffu, Adborth a Gweithredu Dilynol / Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow Up Actions

Derbyn diweddariad oddi wrth y Cadeirydd / To receive an update from the Chair

 

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no update on this item as the Task and Finish Group had been considered under the previous item.

367.

Myfyrio ar y Cyfarfod a'i Gwerthuso / Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

Derbyn diweddariad oddi wrth y Cadeirydd / To receive an update from the Chair.

Minutes:

The Chair and the Committee reflected in detail on the issues that had been considered at the Meeting.

368.

Rhaglenni Gwaith Pwyllgor Craffu 2016-17 / Scrutiny Work Programme 2016-17 pdf icon PDF 170 KB

I ystyried yr adroddiad amgaeëdig / To consider the attached report

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

The Committee agreed that a Special Committee Meeting be convened prior to the next scheduled Meeting and that the Chair agree the agenda for the next scheduled Meeting.

369.

Unrhyw Fater Arall y mae'r Cadeirydd yn ei ystyried yn Bwysig / Any Other Business as deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.

 

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