Agenda and minutes

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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor C Barry and Councillor B Carter.


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.


Wellbeing Objectives - Working Life 1; Making Skills Work for Merthyr Tydfil: Developing the Workforce of the Future pdf icon PDF 206 KB

To consider the attached report


Chris Long and Deb Newton-Ryan referred the Committee to the Working Life 1 / Making Skills Work for Merthyr Tydfil: Developing the Workforce of the Future (Wellbeing Objective)’ report.


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


·         What are the pay levels of the jobs offered by Trego Mills - What are the hours being offered

·         How many applicants were there from the Recruitment Fair – How many applicants were from Merthyr Tydfil and how many from outside the County Borough – When will employment commence - What are the Transport links – Bus Routes - What is the employment profile – What percentage of employees on Point 1 – What is the breakdown of employee numbers on other levels – What level of salaries are being provided - Are there both full and part time opportunities for employment - What is the percentage of young people who have applied for employment - What is the turnover of staff on the current site

·         KPI as a measurable value- Why is Average subjective Wellbeing score for participants in employability programmes included as a KPI when there is no target and can’t measure its success or otherwise – Is there a target

·         Paragraph 7.4 - Fourteen referrals have been received – Has employment been found

·         Paragraph 8.3 - Have there been any indications that there will be efficiencies around the running costs of the Neighbourhood Learning Centre – What risks are envisaged

·         Paragraph 8.4 - Further details requested on ‘ Work and Health Programme’

·         Appendix ll – Year 11 leavers – What are the reasons for these figures


Resolved that:


The content of the report be noted.


Continued Development of the Town Centre pdf icon PDF 149 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:


Alyn Owen referred the Committee to the ‘Continued Development of the Town Centre’ report.


Antonia Pompa then referred the Committee to Appendix B – Overview of Town Centre Perception Survey.


Paul Lewis also gave an outline of the work undertaken by Trading Standards and Licensing around the Night Time Economy


Ryan Evans also gave an update to the Committee in relation to Community Safety.


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


·         Are underage people turned away at the door or at the bar

·         How did the Perception Survey compare with other Local Authorities – Will another Survey be undertaken next year to allow for comparison

·         What is the comparison between the older and younger generation in the night time – Police presence – Where to go to report Crime – How to provide more safeguarding – Drunkenness

·         Paragraph 5.7 – Night Shelter – Where is the location and when is it opening

·         Paragraph 5.15 – Awarding of grants

·         Can enforcement action be taken in relation to the condition of some shop fronts

·         Paragraph 7.1 – Has a Champion been nominated

·         Appendix A – Glossary of Terms requested


Alyn Owen advised that the Appendix would be re-issued with the letters in full


·         What is the percentage for anti-social behaviour for Merthyr Tydfil

·         What is being done regarding vandalism - Have young people been asked to co-operate and to work with the older generation


An invite was then extended to the Officers to attend a Youth Cabinet Meeting


·         Paragraph 5.3 – The Action Plan identifies numerous issues that need to be addressed.  How are all the actions required monitored in the action plan – Are Targets being set – When will they be completed


Resolved that:


The comments made by the Committee be noted.


Councillor E C Galsworthy left the Meeting at 3.30 pm.


Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow Up Actions


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


Forward Work Programme pdf icon PDF 997 KB

To consider the attached report


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


Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair


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


·         Employment at Trego Mills

·         Homelessness


Any Other Business as deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.


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