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ENVIRONMENT AND REGENERATION SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

 

Minutes of a meeting held on 18th January, 2018.

 

Present:  Councillor V.J. Bailey (Chairman): Councillor M. Lloyd (Vice-Chairman); Councillors Mrs. P. Drake, V.P. Driscoll, S.T. Edwards, G. John, N. Moore, A.R. Robertson, Ms. S. Sivagnanam and S.T. Wiliam.

 

Also present: Councillor J.C. Bird (Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning).

 

           

610     ANNOUNCEMENT –

 

The Chairman welcomed all present and wished everyone a happy New Year.  He advised that it had been a privilege to be the Chairman of the Scrutiny Committee to date and on behalf of himself and the Vice-Chairman stated that they both looked forward to working with the Committee over the forthcoming year. 

 

 

611     MINUTES –

 

RECOMMENDED – T H A T the minutes of the meetings held on 9th and 30th November, 2017 be approved as a correct record.

 

 

612     DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST –

 

No declarations were received.

 

 

613     BARRY REGENERATION PROGRESS REPORT (REF) –

 

The Head of Regeneration and Planning, in presenting the report, advised that Cabinet on 20th November, 2017 had received a copy of the report which apprised of past regeneration policies, programmes and projects in relation to Barry together with details of key issues and challenges for the future.  The Cabinet had also referred the report to the Scrutiny Committee for its consideration.

 

In order to elaborate further on the document, a short presentation was also provided a copy of which was tabled at the meeting. 

 

The presentation was divided into three parts:

 

            Part 1 – The Regeneration Challenge

            Part 2 – The Council’s Track Record of Targeted Investment and Place Making in Barry

            Part 3 – Emerging Projects, Policies and Funding Programmes.

 

The report also highlighted that the socio-economic and cultural environment of Barry had changed dramatically over the last 100 years or so, with Committee being informed that the coal boom, as the nineteenth century turned into the twentieth century, a steady economic decline followed the inter-war period.  The decline prompted a plethora of government-led regeneration and redevelopment initiatives stretching back to the late 1980s which differed in scale, scope and vision

 

In referring to nineteenth century expansion, the Head of Service advised that there had been a unique combination of the port industrial hub, expansion of the town and Barry Island becoming a resort. In referring to the rise and decline of Barry, reference was made to the Barry Island Holiday Camp which had closed in the mid-1990s, the fact that the Port No. 1 Dock had been decommissioned in the late 1980s and for the town centre the impact of out of town retail parks, online retailing and the loss of key anchor stores in the area. 

 

With regard to the Council’s track record, reference was made to the investment in physical infrastructure, in particular the Waterfront Phase 1 development where land reclamation disposal had been acquired, the Ffordd y Mileniwm had been developed, the Gladstone Bridge and Thompson Street Footbridge.  For housing there were Registered Social Landlord partners (Golau Caredig, Ty Bamwr, Ger y Mor), the Welsh Housing Quality Standards had been introduced, The Quays at the Waterfront had been developed, housing renewal areas established (Castle land and Main Street) and the Council had utilised ARBED funding to provide energy saving home improvements at Gibbonsdown and Castleland.  For investment in communities, investment had been placed in the Town Hall, King Square and Central Park, the YMCA Barry, Gibbonsdown Children’s Centre, Porthkerry Country Park (Forest Lodge) and parks and play areas within the Vale. 

 

With regard to working with local residents and stakeholders to better understand local needs and delivery quality schemes various other initiatives had been established including Basset Park, Iolo Place, Fforest Community Park, Dryden Terrace, Pencoedtre, George Street and Maslin Park.

 

In helping to create employment the BSC, Pump House, Premier Inn, Asda and The Quays at the Waterfront had all been established in the area and the Pump House itself was a focal point of Barry’s waterfront development.  This provided apartments, cafés, restaurants, health and leisure facilities, Academy Espresso Bar, Hang Fire Smoke House and a Snap Fitness 24/7 gym.

 

For investment in tourism, monies had been forthcoming for the Island in respect of the Eastern Promenade, Nell’s Point, a number of events, the new link road and the causeway. 

 

With specific regard to moving forward and shaping the future: drivers for change, the Head of Service advised of strengthened communication and engagement so that people and groups in Barry were involved with an emphasis on working together.  A flexible framework of investment aims which could adapt to a changing context was established in order to opportunities to be seized.  Aligned to the Welsh Government’s national strategy Prosperity for All: Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 and the Cardiff Capital Region delivery themes, Committee was informed that funding was likely to flow from these priorities in the future.  It was important that the Council had a flexible and adaptable policy direction to maximise the regeneration impact of investment, with a proactive whole town approach to regeneration combining the improvement to places with support for the people who live in them.  It was also important to ensure Barry’s place in the Cardiff Capital Region and harnessing and adding value to private sector interest and investment.  This had been done by the Barry Town Centre Gateway regeneration, land at Nell’s Point, Barry Island and the Southern Development Site at the Innovation Quarter. 

 

With regard to funding, Welsh Government’s Targeted regeneration Investment for the three year period 2018/19 – 2020/21, the Council would be seeking to develop a programme of capital investment in the physical infrastructure of Barry with specific focus on economic regeneration projects in Barry Town Centre and Barry Island, which supported job creation, enhanced employment and would create the right environment for businesses to prosper.

 

The Head of Service stated that the Council had taken the view that this was an evolving list of proposals for Barry, however, the main elements of the proposals currently being developed were noted as :

 

  • Targeted regeneration investment project proposal Barry Town Centre gateway regeneration –

-       Working closely with the Health Board, at zoned Registered Social Landlords, landowners, potential funders and investors to deliver a hub of community focused services at the west end of the Town Centre (Gladstone Road) all forming part of the new town centre mix and linking the old centre with the new development on the Waterfront

-       Active travel measures (with easy opportunities for walking, cycling and accessing public transport) which encourage access to and through the Dock View Road Corridor linking the Town Centre to Barry Docks Station

-       Unlocking the development of a key site identified in the Local Development Plan at Barry Dock Station for a mix of uses including a bus interchange

-       A master plan was currently being put in place to guide the opportunities for major employment and housing growth.

  • Barry Island Regional Tourism Destination –

-       The visitor experience was dominated by day visits rather than overnight stays

-       For long term financial viability, new operating models would be required to provide facilities that operated all year round rather than just in the main tourist season

-       Facilities would have to appeal to a local market, which would use them in winter and other times when visitor numbers were low, but equally would need to be attractive to visitors at other times, especially during wet or inclement weather periods

-       A master plan was currently being put in place to guide the marketing and development of Barry Island and further financial intervention would be necessary to unlock the potential of key sites including the possibility of partnering with the private sector to develop new or substantially refurbished leisure and tourism facilities. 

  • Key Issues –

-       Building relationships and partnerships with the promoters of nationally / regionally significant projects such as:

  • Cardiff Capital Region City Deal
  • St. Athan – Cardiff Airport Enterprise Zone
  • The Quays – Waterfront Barry
    • Ø Generate greater community capacity to create and access opportunities in Barry and the wider area.

 

This new programme required the commitment of joined up working and doing things differently as set out in the Prosperity for All Welsh Government new national strategy.  Although, however, there remained a number of concerns about the way targeted regeneration investment would operate, particularly in relation to the development of the regional plan regeneration and the project approval process.  The Council would therefore, along with other Local Authorities across South East Wales, be seeking further advice and assistance from the Welsh Government over the coming weeks and months with the aim of clarifying matters.  There was no guarantee that the Council would be funded from targeted regeneration investment, but it was vital that the Council had schemes ready to submit for grant assistance should the opportunity arise during the period 2018/19 to 2020/21.

 

In referring to the slides, the Head of Service also stated that in particular the Pump House had been handpicked by the media via a TV network and was therefore a great asset to the town as well as being a listed building. 

 

The Head of Service also advised that he had that day been in a meeting discussing new events for the forthcoming year which, he informed Members had been really positive with it being noted that it was now important to monitor how many people came to the town as a result of such events.  Having a good access route in and out of Barry Island had also seen an increase in visitor numbers. 

 

A Member, in noting the significant gap in funding since the WDA era and the reduction in funding since the Vibrant and Viable Places Scheme, queried whether this was likely to continue.  In response, the Head of Service advised that it would be important for the Council to receive its share of the £44m being referred to by Welsh Government but that this figure was divided between ten Councils.

 

The local Member for Barry expressed his pleasure that a number of “high end establishments” were being sought for the Barry Island area and he hoped the decision was for upmarket tourism for the future.  It was also important that a café culture be established to attract visitor numbers as well.

 

The Head of Service took the opportunity to inform Members that the toilet block on Barry Island was in the process of being sold to a company which had provided a detailed scheme similar to the one that had been established in Swansea which had proven to be a success.  There was also interest in Nell’s Point with the focus being on capitalising on the bid and having people staying longer on the Island with the establishment of an hotel in the foreseeable future.  Further discussions had also taken place with ABP regarding the use of the docks, with ABP having advised the Council that they had commercial aspirations for the Mole area.

 

Members also agreed with the comments that more should be done in relation to the use of other parts of the waterfront, with the question as to whether the dock area could also be used to attract cruise ships.  Recognition the local ward member felt also needed to be given to increased car parking facilities, it being noted that a parking strategy was currently in the process of being developed to be presented to Committee and Cabinet in due course it was hoped that this would be presented by the end of the financial year.

 

A Member also raised the issue of the possibility of a call centre coming to the area, with the Head of Service advising that in terms of employment, the department was looking for an expansion at the BSC as it also employed a considerable number of young people and that BSC 2 was hoped to be up and running in the next few months.  To date there was a considerable amount of interest for the BSC 2 from organisations and together with the Pump House were over 69 jobs were reported, it was envisaged that there would be an increase in employment and job opportunities.

 

Discussion subsequently took place in relation to the private sector coming more on board in the area, with the ex-Leader of the Council extending his warm congratulations to officers over the years who had worked tirelessly and hard in order to ensure the provision was brought forward for the area.  All Members took the opportunity to congratulate the officers on their work so far.

 

In referring to deadlines for grant funding, the Chairman asked how flexible applications were to respond to an urgent change in focus. The Head of Service in response stated that the schemes that had been developed all had a significant number of different options that could be utilised and adapted dependent upon the terms of any bid.  In particular he referred to the Health Centre at Holton Road which required a significant amount of repair and that the Council was currently working with the Health Authority on the scheme which was quite complex.

 

Whilst referring to premises at Holton Road, the Chairman also stated that different types of premises needed to be encouraged to “set up shop” similar to those on High Street advising that bespoke shops were important to encourage trade.  The Head of Service stated that the traders at Holton Road were currently on board and that the department was looking to establish a business improvement district for Barry and if that was possible, it would be great news for the area. 

 

The Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Planning, with permission to speak, advised that he was currently talking to a number of private sector individuals about the possibility of coming to Barry, with the emphasis of broadening the market and trying to ensure that the number of visitors who came to Barry actually stayed on the Island e.g. overnight.

 

In conclusion, the Chairman thanked all the Members for an interesting debate and the officers for a comprehensive presentation, with the suggestion that the Committee’s comments be referred to Cabinet to apprise Cabinet of the Committee’s discussions.

 

Having fully considered the report, it was subsequently

 

RECOMMENDED – T H A T the comments made at the meeting be forwarded to Cabinet for their consideration when the proposals for Barry Island regeneration are being considered.

 

Reason for recommendation

 

In order that Cabinet can consider the Committees comments as appropriate.

 

614     REVENUE AND CAPITAL MONITORING FOR THE PERIOD 1ST APRIL TO 30TH NOVEMBER 2017 (DEH) –

 

The Principal Accountant, in presenting the report, advised that for the services under the Committee’s remit in order for the budget to outturn within target at year end, a £725k contribution from reserves would be required. 

 

Although there was a favourable variance for Highways and Engineering due to vacant posts currently within the department, there was currently an adverse variance of £206k for Waste Management. Although the Waste Management budget had been reduced in 2017/18 for further vehicle savings, the department was unlikely to be able to make these in the short term due to the increased distance that the vehicles had to travel as all waste disposal units were now situated in Cardiff. 

 

For the Visible Services Reshaping Services Savings Target, it was envisaged that there would be a shortfall in the savings of £525k for 2017/18 which again would need to be met from the Visible Services reserve due to the scale of transformation. It was anticipated the restructure would take effect fully from April 2018.

 

For the Countryside, Economic Development and Tourism Events functions, there was currently a small adverse variance against the profiled budget, although there were favourable variances mitigating the position and in an effort to balance the budget at year end, all non-urgent expenditure elsewhere within the division would be put on hold.

 

Appendix 2 to the report provided a list of savings to be achieved for 2017/18 with the anticipation that there would be a shortfall against the target of £809k. 

 

Appendix 3 to the report detailed the financial progress on the Capital Programme as at 30th November, 2017 with particular reference being made to a number of schemes within the report referred to as below: 

  • Ogmore by Sea Sustainable Transport Improvements
  • Dimming of street lighting / fitting of LED lanterns
  • Dinas Powys to Cardiff Corridor Bus Priority Measures
  • Harbour Road Overflow Car Park
  • Local Transport Fund, Road Safety and Safe Routes in Communities schemes
  • Penarth Pier
  • Improving access to Cogan Primary School
  • Court Ward park improvements
  • Ffordd y Mileniwm footway / cycleway
  • Maendy Pedestrian Sustainable Transport Improvement
  • St. Athan Sustainable Transport Improvements
  • Fferm Goch Sustainable Transport Improvements
  • Colwinston Play Area. 

In considering the report and the reference to the Court Ward park improvements, local Members requested to receive detailed information on these improvements with it being agreed that the Accountant would forward these via e-mail to all Members of the Committee.  With regard to the Colwinston play area, it was recognised that as this was a new scheme it needed to be included in the Council’s Capital Programme. 

 

Following further consideration of the report reference was made to the adverse variance in relation to Waste Management with the Head of Service for Neighbourhood Services and Transport advising that the department had had an increase over the last year in the number of houses it served and this had been having an impact year on year.  The Christmas and New Year periods had also been exceptional in relation to recycling, particularly in relation to Christmas trees where there had been significant issues.  There had also been a higher than normal sickness absence over the winter period as a result of a “winter bug” and long term sickness. It was anticipated that the new Neighbourhood model would provide more flexibility in the future and the Head of Service was hopeful that the restructure would also meet the needs for the future.

 

With specific reference to road safety grants at Pen-y-Turnpike and Mill Road, following a query from a local Member, the Head of Service stated that the improvement was in relation to the bottom part where the road narrowed and that she would obtain further details of the scheme proposed and forward the information to the local Member.  Similarly, a local Member asked for further details in relation to the Safer Routes in Communities Dinas Powys to Penarth via Cosmeston scheme. 

 

Following consideration of the report, it was subsequently

 

RECOMMENDED –

 

(1)       T H A T the position with regard to the 2017/18 revenue and capital monitoring be noted and the information requested by Members of the Committee as outlined above be forwarded via e-mail.

 

(2)       T H A T Cabinet be requested to include the Colwinston Play Area in the capital programme with a budget of £48k to be split £5k into 2017/18 and £43k into 2018/19 to be funded from Section 106 monies.

 

Reasons for recommendations

 

(1)       In recognition of the contents contained within the report and the requests from Members.

 

(2)       As the Colwinston Play Area is a new scheme, the Capital Programme needs to be amended to reflect this it being recognised that and the work would enhance the play area at Colwinston.

 

           

615     QUARTER 2 (2017-18) PERFORMANCE REPORT: AN ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE AND PROSPEROUS VALE (MD) –

 

In presenting the report, the Head of Regeneration and Planning advised that the Council’s Performance Management Framework was the mechanism through which its key priorities and targets were monitored and realised in order to secure continuous improvement.  The Head of Service referred to the appendices attached to the report and advised that an overall Amber RAG status had been attributed to the Well-being Outcome 2: An Environmentally Responsible and Prosperous Vale to reflect the progress made towards achieving improved outcomes for residents and customers during the quarter. 

 

A detailed report outlining the progress for the quarter was provided at Appendix A and Members were informed that an overview of overall progress against the Corporate Plan’s Well-being Objective and how this contributed to the national Well-being Goals was provided in the Corporate Plan Summary Report which could be found on the Council’s website.

 

In considering the report, it was recognised that it was important to promote the airport and St. Athan for economic growth. The challenges facing the Visible Services section to deliver savings was also noted.

 

In referring to the introduction of Dog Control Orders that had been agreed at Council in December 2017, Members enquired as to progress in respect of the  Public Space Protection Orders with the Head of Service advising that these were due to be reported in the forthcoming year. 

 

With regard to the LED light scheme, Committee was advised that the delay had occurred as a result of the need to comply with separate procurement guidance, but that currently the Council was waiting for the lanterns to be delivered with the intention that when received the project would be rolled out from east to west within the Vale.  A report was due to be considered by the Cabinet on the forthcoming Monday, 22nd January, 2018  which provided an update and was therefore currently in the public domain. 

 

A Member in referring to an increase in fly tipping aware that if cameras were used the Council would need to comply with Regulations suggested that it may be useful to place signs in the areas.  However, the Head of Service advised that Cardiff University had recently undertaken a study and the department was therefore waiting for these results before any further determination was made. 

 

Following concern from a Member, the officer was also asked to ensure that when verges were cut, that a litter picker was sent simultaneously in order to pick up any litter as a result.  It was anticipated that the Neighbourhood Model Scheme would be the flexible approach to address such issues.

 

Following full consideration of the report, it was subsequently

 

RECOMMENDED – T H A T the report be noted.

 

Reason for recommendation

 

Having considered the report and the responses provided at the meeting. 

 

616     3RD QUARTER SCRUTINY DECISION TRACKING OF RECOMMENDATIONS AND UPDATED WORK PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 2017/18 (MD) –

 

The Democratic and Scrutiny Services Officer, in presenting the report, referred Members to Appendix A, 3rd Quarter October to December 2017, with the request that Members consider the progress to date and make comments accordingly. 

 

With specific reference to the disposal of dredged material associated with the construction of Hinkley Point C Power Station and the minute in relation to inviting the relevant Minister and the Vale of Glamorgan MP together with Public Health Wales (Minute Nos. 379 and 457), it was suggested that these recommendations be put on hold until the detail from Natural Resources Wales was received regarding clarity in relation to the legislative provisions in relation to the suggested requirement to dispose of the dredged material within the Severn Estuary.  

 

In referring to Appendix B, the updated work programme schedule for 2017/18, it was noted that the 15th February, 2018 meeting would be held at 4.00 p.m. with the Chairman announcing that an Extraordinary Meeting would also take place on 19th April, 2018 at 6.00 p.m. The Chairman asked all Members to diarise the date should it be required in view of the potential slippage in reports being presented to the Committee.

 

In referring to the reports requested by Committee to be added into the schedule as and when available, the Chairman took the opportunity to also raise the issue of broadband in rural areas and requested that this item be prioritised for a future meeting. Although acknowledging that it was difficult to receive answers from BT and that it was an issue that was being raised within the City Deal, the Chairman however stated that it was important for the Committee to have the debate in order for the broader issues to be discussed, with the suggestion that a representative from BT also be invited to the meeting.

 

Aware that a presentation in relation to public transport had been provided to the Committee at a meeting at the end of 2017, it was accepted that the report on gaps in service provision around the Vale in regard to public transport be removed together with Active Travel update report, due to the fact that network maps were currently with Welsh Government.

 

Having considered the report, it was subsequently

 

RECOMMENDED –

 

(1)       T H A T the following recommendations be deemed completed:

 

decision tracking

12 October 2017

Min. No. 377 – Annual   Report: Section 106 Legal Agreements 2016/17 – Recommended that   officers be thanked for an in-depth discussion on Section 106 and that a copy   of the presentation be forwarded to all Members of the Council for their   information.

Forwarded   to all Members of the Council on 1st November, 2017.

Completed

Min. No. 378 – Revenue   and Capital Monitoring for the Period 1st April to 31st   March 2017 (DEH) – Recommended

(1)   That the Chairman on behalf of the   Scrutiny Committee, write to Welsh Government seeking clarification on the   plans Welsh Government had in relation to the Coastal Path, with particular   regard to maintenance issues and that Cabinet be requested to do the same.

Cabinet,   on 6th November, 2017, resolved that the contents of the report be   noted and that the Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services and Transport   write to Welsh Government seeking clarity on maintenance liabilities and   future funds for the upkeep of the Wales Coastal Path.

(Min.   No. C123 refers)

Response   received on 10th January, 2018 and e-mail sent to all Members of   the Committee on 11th January, 2018.

Completed

Min. No. 379 – Disposal   of Dredged Material Associated with the Construction of Hinkley Point C Power   Station (REF) – Recommended

(1)   That Natural Resources Wales be requested   to provide the Committee with the scale of sampling that had been agreed and   for that scale to be expanded.

(6)   That Cabinet be advised of the Committee’s   comments and recommendations as outlined above.

(1)   Information circulated to Members on 24th October,   2017.

Completed

(6)   Cabinet, on 6th   November, 2017, resolved

(1)   That the   contents of the report and the recommendations of the Scrutiny Committee   (Environment and Regeneration) be noted.

(2)   That Cabinet notes that a further report   is being presented to the Scrutiny Committee (Environment and Regeneration)   on 9 November, 2017 which will provide a further update on the issue of   disposal of dredged material at the Cardiff Grounds disposal site.

(Min.   No. C122 refers)

Completed

09 November 2017

Min. No. 457 –          Disposal Of Dredged Material   Associated With The Construction Of Hinkley Point C Power Station (MD) – Recommended

(3)   That a response in respect of the possible   dredging of the jetty be forwarded from EDF Energy to all Members of the   Committee when it was available.

(4)   That, from a public interest point of   view, the Managing Director write to Natural Resources Wales, seeking clarity   as to the legislative provisions in relation to the suggested requirement to   dispose of the dredged material within the Severn Estuary, which in turn   seems to prevent depositing of the material in deeper and off-shore waters.

(5)   That Natural Resources Wales be asked   whether tests had been made on the nature of the sediment situated on the   Cardiff grounds and the impact of depositing material at this location.

(3-5)   Response received on 30th November,   2017. Members verbally advised at the Committee meeting and followed up by an   email to all Members of the Committee on 1st December, 2017. 

Completed

Min. No. 458 – Civil   Parking Enforcement Update (DEH) – Recommended

(1)   That the report be referred to Cabinet for   consideration together with the views of the Committee.

(2)   That Cabinet be requested to consider the   future use of a camera car to operate around the Vale of Glamorgan.

(3)   That under the Car Parking Strategy, the   issue of adequate work force levels be explored.

(4)   That a further Civil Parking Enforcement   report be received by Committee in Summer 2018 outlining the full details of   activities undertaken in 2017/18.

(1-3)   Cabinet, on 4th December, 2017,   Resolved – that the contents of the report and the recommendations from the   Scrutiny Committee Environment and Regeneration be noted and considered as   part of the Council’s Car Parking Review which will be subject to a further   report being presented to Cabinet in the near future.

(Min.   No. C156 refers)

Completed

(4)   Added to work programme schedule.

Completed

Min. No. 459 –   Environmental Enforcement: Contract Update (DEH) – Recommended

(1)   That the report and comments made at the   meeting be referred to Cabinet for its consideration

(2)   That a street cleansing report (as   requested above) be presented to a future Scrutiny Committee and that the   request be added to the Committee’s work programme schedule.

(1)   Cabinet, on 4th December, 2017,   noted the contents of the report.

(Min.   No. C157 refers)

Completed

(2)   Added to work programme schedule.

Completed

Min. No. 460 – 2nd Quarter   Scrutiny Decision Tracking Of Recommendations And Updated Work Programme   Schedule 2017/18 (MD) – Recommended

(2)   That the work   programme schedule attached at Appendix B to the report be approved and uploaded   to the Council’s website, taking into account the amendments as outlined   above.

[Quarter 2 Performance and Barry   Regeneration Reports to be tabled in January]

Work   programme schedule updated and uploaded to the Council’s website.

Completed

30 November 2017

Min. No. 495 – M4,   Junction 34 to A48 Weltag Stage 1 Transport Study (REF) – Recommended

(2)   That Cabinet be apprised of the   Committee’s concerns, as outlined above, in respect of the detail required at   the next stage of the process.

(3)   That the Stage 2 Welsh Transport Appraisal   Guidance (WelTAG) Report once completed be presented to the Scrutiny   Committee for consideration when available.

(2)   Cabinet, on 18th December,   2017, noted the report and recommendations of the Scrutiny Committee. (Min.   No. C171 refers)

Completed

(3)   Added to work programme schedule.

Cabinet, on 18th December, 2017, resolved

[2]    That the WelTAG   Stage 2 report be presented to Environment and Regeneration Scrutiny   Committee in due course once completed.

(Min. No. C171 refers)

Completed

Min. No. 496 –  Update on Biomass Development at Woodham /   David Davies Road, Barry Docks (MD) – Recommended

(2)   That Cabinet be requested to consider   recommending to NRW that an independent expert be appointed to carry out the   monitoring on the site and that a full accident review and flood study be   undertaken.

(3)   That the comments made at the meeting be   referred to Cabinet for its consideration and that Cabinet also be requested   to consider providing a formal response to the consultation, in particular   having regard to the request that an independent expert be appointed to carry   out the monitoring of the site.

Cabinet,   on 18th December, 2017, resolved

[1]   That recommendation 1 from the Economy and   Environment Scrutiny Committee be noted and supported.

[2]   That the Cabinet Member   for Regulatory and Legal Services writes to the Chief Executive of Natural   Resources Wales (NRW) requesting that, in the event of a permit being issued   by NRW, consideration be given to appointing an independent expert to carry   out monitoring of the site.

[3]   That, in pursuance of resolution 2 above,   the same letter raises the need for a full accident review and flood study in   relation to the operation and site.

[4]   That recommendation 3 of the Environment   and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee be noted, and it be noted that the   Council’s Shared Regulatory Services officers will review the current   position and provide a response as appropriate within the consultation   timeframe.

(Min.   No. C172 refers)

Completed

Min. No. 497 – Initial   Capital Programme Proposals 2018/19 (DEH) – Recommended

(1)   That the information highlighted above,   when available, be e-mailed to all Members of the Committee.

(3)   That a report be presented to a future   meeting of the Scrutiny Committee on the proposals for Nell’s Point

(1)   E-mailed to all Members of the Committee   on 4th December, 2017.

Completed

(3)   Added to work programme schedule.

Completed

Min. No. 498 – Initial   Revenue Budget Proposals 2018/19 (DEH) – Recommended

(1)   That a future meeting of the Committee   consider the service area’s cost pressures and savings targets with a view to   Members considering ideas for savings.

(2)   That a report in relation to the provision   of public conveniences in and around the Vale and their cost pressures be   presented to a future meeting of the Committee.

(1)   Added to work programme schedule.

Completed

(2)   Added to work programme schedule.

Completed

 

(2)       T H A T the forward work programme 2017/18 be approved with the  reference to an update report on Active Travel and a report on gaps on service provision around the Vale with regard to public transport, being removed from the list as outlined above.

 

(3)       T H A T an Extraordinary meeting of the Committee be held on 19th April, 2018 in order to deal with business that may have slipped.

 

Reasons for recommendations

 

(1)       Having considered the progress and status of the recommendations.

 

(2)       In recognition that some reports had already been presented to the Committee at the latter end of 2017.

 

(3)       To confirm the date for a meeting in April, if required.