Venue: COUNCIL CHAMBER
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor P Brown, Councillor B Carter and Councillor M Colbran.
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.
To consider report of the Chief Officer Community Regeneration
The Chair welcomed Councillor G Thomas Cabinet Member and the Officers to the Meeting.
Alyn Owen referred the Committee to the ‘Post-16 Home to School Transport – Following Consultation’ Report.
The following questions were then raised by the Committee and were responded to in detail by Councillor Thomas and the Officers:
· The recommendation as contained within the report
· Finance - Explanation requested on the type of travel and the size of the bus
· Paragraphs1.2.2 and 1.2.3 – How many pupils were affected under Option 2 and Option 3 and why was Option 3 the preferred Option
· What subjects were currently available in Merthyr Tydfil that could fall outside the proposal
· Pupil numbers at the Merthyr Tydfil College
· Paragraph 8.2 – Were there any alternatives coming forward from the consultation exercise
· Appendix 1 – Pupil Voice – Were there any links made to other youth groups operating within the County Borough
· How many paper questionnaires were sent – What was the percentage rate
· With the Options what could be the possible impact on NEETS
· Were there any specialised courses run in Merthyr Tydfil that pupils would not be able to access
· What is the take up for Agricultural Courses
· Do other Councils bus pupils into the County Borough for courses
· Is there provision at Merthyr Tydfil College to support the local economy with the Courses provided
· Minimum numbers required for a course – If insufficient what happens then
· NEETS and the approach to University
· Appendix 1 – Paper Questionnaire Results – The number that responded
The content of the report be noted.
The Chair then thanked the Officers for attending and the update to the Committee.
The Committee to discuss the draft work programme as prepared by the Task and Finish Group
The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Scrutiny Committee Work Programme’ report and requested comments from the Committee.
A Member then requested updates on the Bus Station
Another Member also stated that it would be useful for Officers to give updates as and when required.
Alyn Owen responded that he would be happy to give briefings and updates at any time.
The Committee then agreed the Committee Work Programme.
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 on the issues that had been considered at the Meeting.
Any Other Business as deemed urgent by the Chair
The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.