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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor P Brown, Councillor E C Galsworthy and Mr H 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.


Working Life; Developing the Environment & Infrastructure for Business to Flourish pdf icon PDF 196 KB

To consider the attached report


The Chair welcomed Councillor G Thomas Cabinet Member, Alyn Owen, Chris Hole, Ryan Barry, Jared Green, Rhian Prosser, Lance Whiteley, Lisa Clement Williams and Cheryl Jones to the Meeting.


Alyn Owen referred the Committee to the ‘Working Life: Developing the Environment and Infrastructure for Business to Flourish’ report and the Committee received an update from the Officers in relation to the Wellbeing Projects.


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


Wellbeing Project 1: Relocation of the Central Bus Station – Phase 2


·         When will a response be received from Welsh Government


Request for outcome of Meeting with Welsh Government to be brought back to Committee


·         Timescale of when the whole project is likely to be completed

·         Assessment of Risk – Explanation requested on the meaning of I, L and S

·         Project Performance (KPI’s) – Number of departures from Merthyr Tydfil Central Bus Station – What benefit is obtained from these figures – What is the relevance of these figures

·         What is the reason why the number of departures from the Central Bus Station has declined


Wellbeing Project 3: Childcare Sufficiency Assessment


·         Project Performance (b) – Are the figures in the report figures of what is available – How will information be obtained to ensure that the childcare spaces are sufficient

·         Progress since last highlight report – Consultation – What were the findings


Chris Hole advised that he would supply this information to the Committee




The Chair referred to Homelessness and requested an update on this at the next Meeting and that the appropriate Officers be invited to attend.


Councillor G Thomas advised that a Seminar in relation to Homelessness had been arranged for Members in the next few weeks.


Resolved that:


The content of the report be noted.


Enterprise and Business Support pdf icon PDF 154 KB

To consider the attached report


Alyn Owen referred the Committee to the ‘Enterprise and Business Support’ report and an update was given by the Officers on:


·         Social Enterprise Sector

·         Orbit Business Centre

·         Town Centre Business Support

·         Meanwhile Project

·         Town Centre Retail Grant


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


·         Social Enterprise Strategy – Composition of the Enterprise Network

·         Meanwhile Project – of the nine businesses established how many are still open and flourishing

·          How many full time jobs have been created


Rhian Prosser advised that she would supply this information for the Committee


·         Paragraph 6.6 – Why has there been a low take up of grant finance and what can be done to encourage take up

·         How many businesses are still operating in the initial rent period – Is it sustainable going forward

·         Paragraph 6.5 – Explanation requested

·         Paragraph 6.2 – Is there a time frame for completion of this work

·         Can the Orbit Business Centre be expanded

·         Staff numbers and delivery of Service


Morgan Ellis entered the Meeting at 3.03 pm.


Resolved that:


The content of the report be noted.


Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow Up Actions


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 in detail on the issues that had been discussed at the Meeting.


A Member also referred to the need for meaningful KPI’s.


Work Programme pdf icon PDF 148 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:


The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Scrutiny Committee Work Programme’ report and recommended that this item stand deferred to discuss the Programme with the Scrutiny Manager.


The Chair also referred to establishing a Working Group to look at specific issues and suggested Homelessness in the first instance.


A Member then supported this proposal and also recommended that Homelessness be a regular agenda item with the possibility of a Task and Finish Group being convened.


The Committee then agreed with these recommendations.



Any Other Business as deemed urgent by the Chair


The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.


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