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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor B Carter and Mr Howard Jackson Co-opted Member.


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.


Developing the Scrutiny Work Programme for 2017 /2018 pdf icon PDF 1 MB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:


The Chair welcomed Alyn Owen and Zoe Thomas to the Meeting.


Councillor P Brown and Councillor G Thomas Cabinet Member entered the Meeting at 2.38 pm.


The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Developing the Scrutiny Work Programme for 2017/2018’ report and invited suggestions for the Work Programme from the Committee and the Officers.


The Committee were also circulated with an Economic Growth Plan that referred to:


·         The Vision

·         Measurable Outcomes

·         Desired Outcomes

·         Aims 1,2,3 and 4


The following areas were then suggested:


·         Ongoing development of the Economic Growth Partnership

·         Development of the Economic Growth Plan

·         Development of the Tourism Economy

·         Merthyr Tydfil as a Tourism Destination

·         Development of Cyfarthfa Heritage area – Cyfarthfa Castle, Cyfarthfa Park, Attractions around the area

·         Destination Management Plan

·         Relocation of the Bus Station

·         City Deal

·         Continued Development of the Town Centre

·         Development of Leisure

·         Development of the Night Time Economy

·         Community Safety

·         Homelessness

·         Town Scape Heritage Initiative

·         Community Landscaping

·         Food Safety

·         Public Health

·         Wellbeing

·         Licensing

·         Town Centre

·         Trading Standards

·         Home to School Transport


The following questions were then raised by the Committee and were responded to in detail by Alyn Owen and the Cabinet Member:


·         How many jobs will be created with Trego Mills

·         What are the plans for the development of Cyfarthfa Castle

·         What will be the effect of Brexit

·         Update requested on proposals for the current Bus Station site

·         The capacity to accommodate visitors to the County Borough

·         The Number of beds available

·         Update - Bike Park Wales and Rock UK

·         Collaboration between Local Authorities

·         Update requested on the Pontmorlais area

·         Restoration works – Ffos y Fran

·         Request made for sight of the Town Centre Perception Survey

·         An invite to the Merthyr College Principal to attend a Committee Meeting


The Chair then recommended that any further suggestions for the Work Programme be submitted to the Scrutiny Manager.


Resolved that:


The Committee Chair and Vice Chair meet with the appropriate Officers to further discuss the Committee Work Programme.


Survey of Members - Meeting Start Times pdf icon PDF 113 KB

To consider the attached report


Resolved that:


This item be deferred.


Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow Up Actions

To receive an update from the Chair


The Chair advised that there was no update on this item.


Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair


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


Any Other Business as deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.


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