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Items
No. Item

513.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor B Carter, Councillor E C Galsworthy and Councillor C Barry Cabinet Member.

514.

Declarations of Interest (including whipping declarations)

Minutes:

No Declarations of Interest were made.

515.

Performance Report (Corporate Plan) Economic Growth pdf icon PDF 202 KB

I ystyried yr adroddiad y Prif Swyddog Adfywio Cymunedol

To consider report of the Chief Officer Community Regeneration

 

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Ewan McWilliams, Chris Long and Zoe Thomas to the Meeting.

 

Chris Long referred the Committee to the ‘Performance Report (Corporate Plan) Economic Growth’ report and updated the Committee.

 

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

 

·         Paragraphs 1.1 and 1.2 – 2012 outcomes were unsatisfactory and in 2015 they were adequate – Who decides what the judgements are – Who challenges on the decision and how robust is the decision

·         Paragraphs 5.3 and 5.4 – What is the ranking for the Authority – Should this be included in the table

·         Paragraph 4.7 – Part of the last sentence omitted – Completion requested

·         Paragraphs 8.7 and 8.9 are duplicated

·         Paragraph 7.21 – Clarification requested – How do statistics improve the Committees understanding – Would bullet points or a narrative improve understanding

·         Paragraph 4.4 – Business deaths – Are the businesses that have died contacted – Is there anything to show what the reasons are for the death of the business

·         Paragraph 4.9 – Courses supplied by Merthyr College - Update requested regarding courses to meet the requirements of employers

·         What were the issues in relation to the Organisation as outlined in the update to the Committee

·         Paragraphs 8.7 and 8.9 – Youth unemployment – Update requested in relation to Communities First

·         Strategic Partnerships – What are the issues being raised

·         Paragraph 4.15 – Update requested in relation to City Deal

·         Update requested on the YMCA

·         Paragraphs 7.17 and 7.18 – Explanation requested on why the judgements differ as the outcome is unsatisfactory in Paragraph 7.17 and good in Paragraph 7.18

·         Paragraph 1.3 – Employability in the County Borough is outside the control of the Authority – How can the Authority reconcile this

 

Resolved that:

 

The judgements and evaluations be noted.

516.

Destination Management Plan Update pdf icon PDF 184 KB

I ystyried yr adroddiad y Dirprwy Brif Weithredwr

To consider report of the Deputy Chief Executive

 

Minutes:

The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Destination Management Plan Update’ report.

 

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

 

·         Paragraph 5.8 – Cyfarthfa Furnaces – What is the ultimate Plan

·         Has the Destination Management Co-ordinator position been filled

·         Attractions signage

·         Paragraphs 5.3 and 5.4 – Why is the Heritage Trust not listed in the report – Can a set of aims be supplied to the Committee

·         Paragraph 6.4 – What are the accurate figures for tourists – Are all attractions included in the figures

·         What is the Departments view in relation to the Local Development Plan

·         Information requested on an Atlantic Programme Project entitled Trail Gazers

·         Update requested on Dark Sky status – How much is incorporated into the Destination Management plan

 

Resolved that:

 

The contents of the report be noted.

517.

Performance Report - Building Control pdf icon PDF 151 KB

I ystyried yr adroddiad amgaeëdig

To consider the attached report

 

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Ken Bateman to the Meeting.

 

Ken Bateman referred the Committee to the ‘Performance Report – Building Control’ report.

 

Arising on Paragraph 1.2 of the report the Committee were advised that it should read December 2015 and not December 2016.

 

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

 

·         Is the Building Regulation Function of the Service cost neutral to the Council

·         Paragraphs 6.9 and 6.11 – How much income will this bring in to the Authority

·         Appendix lll – Building Control – How is the Business Case for a new post within Building Control progressing

 

Councillor H Barrett left the Meeting at 4.15 pm.

 

·         What are the IT issues and what has the Department suggested – How do other Local Authorities address this – Is this a Corporate issue

 

The Committee then agreed that the Deputy Chief Executive be contacted regarding this issue.

 

·         Are there figures available giving details of Planning applications received and the Building Regulations income received

 

Resolved that:

 

The judgements and evaluations be noted.

518.

Performance Report - Housing pdf icon PDF 204 KB

I ystyried yr adroddiad y Prif Swyddog Adfywio Cymunedol

To consider report of the Chief Officer Community Regeneration

 

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Julian Pike to the Meeting.

 

Julien Pike referred the Committee to the ‘Performance Report – Housing’ report.

 

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

 

·         Paragraph 3.2 – Housing (Wales) Act 2014 – Advice given on this – Landlord awareness of the Act

·         Are affordable homes being built

·         Do any Housing Associations have building plans and if yes what are they

·         How closely does the Department work with the Planning Department

·         Paragraphs 5.6 and 5.8 – Adaptions – How is this work progressing – Examples requested of innovative means of meeting the needs of clients

·         Paragraph 1.3 – Is there an I T impact

·         Paragraph 8.2 – Have any families been resettled

·         Paragraph 6.2 – Finance in relation to adapting three bedroom dwellings

·         How will the Well-Being Duty affect the way a new Housing Strategy is developed

 

Mr H Jackson left the Meeting at 4.38 pm.

 

Resolved that:

 

The judgements and evaluations be noted.

519.

Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow Up Actions

Minutes:

There was no update on this item.

520.

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 discussed at the Meeting.

521.

Scrutiny Work Programme 2016-17 pdf icon PDF 138 KB

I ystyried yr adroddiad amgaeëdig

To consider the attached report

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Committee considered and agreed the Committee Work Programme.

522.

Any Other Business as deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.

 

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