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332.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor J Amos, Councillor C Barry, Councillor G Lewis and Mr H Jackson Co-opted member.

333.

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

 

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.

334.

Homelessness in the County Borough - Update Report pdf icon PDF 781 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

Councillor C Barry entered the Meeting at 2.35 pm.

 

The Chair welcomed Councillor G Thomas Cabinet Member and the Officers to the Meeting.

 

Julian Pike then referred the Committee to the ‘Homelessness in the County Borough – Update Report’ and together with Councillor Thomas responded in detail to the following questions that were raised by the Committee:

 

·         Paragraph 6.0 – Where we are now – Local Housing Allowance – Have representations been made to the relevant authorities regarding this

·         Paragraph 8.2 – Will this have an impact

·         Paragraph 9.0 – What is the impact on the quality of support that can be given

·         Is there awareness of any specific groups not accessing the Services – If so why and can an explanation be given why specific groups are not accessing the Service

·         Has a premises been found for the Winter Night Shelter

·         Paragraph 4.4 – Figure 1 – Cases which resulted in no positive outcome – What happened to these cases

·         Paragraph 4.9 – Resources for prevention work – Where will these resources be drawn from

·         Limited accommodation for under 35’s – Can Housing Associations do anything to help

·         How far along is the Shared Accommodation Scheme

·         Paragraphs 7.23 and 7.24 – Homelessness Event – How is the event being advertised and how are Agencies being brought together

 

Resolved that:

 

The content of the report be noted.

335.

Working Life - Developing the Environment & Infrastructure for Business to Flourish pdf icon PDF 185 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

Chris Long referred the Committee to the ‘Working Life / Developing the Environment and Infrastructure for Business to Flourish’ report and together with Councillor Thomas and the Officers present responded in detail to the following questions that were raised by the Committee:

 

·         Economic Growth Strategy – Request for the Scrutiny Committee to be kept informed

·         Timescale in relation to the Bus Station

·         Paragraph 7.2 – Feasibility of free car parking – Further information requested on this

·         Paragraph 5.3 – Key Performance Indicators – Is there information available on Train Journeys – What are the number of Bus journeys – How many are local journeys and how many are outside the County Borough

·         What is proposed for the Bus Station site

·         Will there be opportunities to promote youth employment

·         Wellbeing Project 2: Active Travel Routes and Active Travel Plan – Is the Consultation finished – When will feedback be available

 

Resolved that:

 

The content of the report be noted.

 

Councillor E C Galsworthy left the Meeting at 3.30 pm to attend another Council Meeting.

336.

Destination Management Plan Update pdf icon PDF 547 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Ryan Barry referred the Committee to the ‘Destination Management Plan Update’ report and together with Councillor Thomas and the Officers present responded in detail to the following questions that were raised by the Committee:

 

·         Paragraph 5.3 – Cyfarthfa Castle

·         Practicality of moving the Museum – If the boutique hotel were to go forward when would this be

·         How is data collected – What are the targets for next year – are they close to being achieved

·         Has an assessment been undertaken in relation to any impact on display space for the Museum – Has consideration been given to expanding the Museum.

·         The Ice House – Development as a Tourist Attraction

·         Increase in visitor numbers – How is the issue of accommodation being addressed

·         Rock UK – Water based activities - Progress update requested in relation to Licenses

·         Destination Management Plan – SWOT Analysis – Weakness identified as there being no Tourism Information Centre – What are the Officers thoughts in relation to re-opening a Tourist Information Centre

·         Trego – Update requested in relation to proposed employment

·         Paragraph 5.0 – Is there an opportunity for young people to get involved

 

Resolved that:

 

The content of the report be noted.

337.

Wales Audit Office Review – “Overview and Scrutiny Fit for the Future? Project” pdf icon PDF 553 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Wales Audit Office Review – Overview and Scrutiny Fit for the Future Project’ information report.

 

Resolved that:

 

The content of the report be noted.

338.

Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow Up Actions

Minutes:

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

339.

Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair and Committee reflected on the issues discussed at the Meeting.

340.

Work Programme pdf icon PDF 704 KB

To consider the attached report

Minutes:

Resolved that:

 

The content of the report be noted.

341.

Any Other Business as deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.

 

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