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                                                                        Agenda Item No.

 

CABINET

 

Minutes of a meeting held on 3rd December, 2012.

 

Present: Councillor S.C. Egan (Chairman); Councillors Ms. B.E. Brooks, L.Burnett, R.F. Curtis, C.P.J. Elmore and G. John.

 

Apologies: Councillor N. Moore.

 

Also present: Councilor K Hatton.

 

C1920            MINUTES –

 

RESOLVED – T H A T the minutes of the meeting held on 19th November, 2012 be approved as a correct record.

 

C1921            DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST –

 

No declarations were received:

 

C1922                        GAMBLING ACT 2005 STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES 2013-2016 (REF) –

 

The  Licensing Committee on 6 November, 2012 considered the above report from the Director of Development Services.

 

The Draft Statement of Principles had been subject to public consultation between 5th September and 17th October 2012.  A list of consultees and how they had been consulted was appended to the report.  One response had been received.  A list of amendments and response to the Draft Statement of Principles was also appended to the report.  Members noted that the Statement of Principles would need to take effect on 31st January 2013, but it was required to be published, available at Council buildings and notices placed in a local paper four weeks in advance of the effective date.  The amended Draft Statement of Principles 2013 – 2016 was attached at Appendix C to the report.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the Draft Statement of Principles as amended be approved.

 

(2)       T H A T the amended Statement of Principles be referred for comment to Cabinet and to Council on 5th December 2012.

 

(3)       T H A T the effective date of the Statement of Principles be 31st January 2013.

 

 

Reason for decisions

 

(1-3)    To ensure a comprehensive and workable Statement of Principles was in place and also to ensure that the Vale of Glamorgan Council complies with the requirements of the Gambling Act 2005.

 

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Cabinet, having considered the recommendation of the Licensing Committee

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)          T H A T the amended Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Principles 2013 - 2016 be approved and forwarded to Council on the 5th December 2012.

 

(2)          T H A T the effective date of the statement of principles be 31st January 2013.

 

Reason for decision.

 

(1&2) To ensure a comprehensive and workable Statement of Principles was in place and also to ensure that the Vale of Glamorgan Council complies with the requirements of the Gambling Act 2005.

 

 

C1923                        LAVERNOCK POINT TO ST. ANN'S HEAD - SHORELINE MANAGEMENT PLAN SM2 (REF) –

 

The Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) on 6th November, 2012, considered the above report from the Director of Visible Services and Housing.

 

The current Shoreline Management Plan had been reviewed and a Shoreline Management Plan SM2 produced.  The Director advised that the document was a high level evaluation of the shoreline and included

 

·                     large-scale assessments of the coastline - how the coast would change over time with erosion, sea level rise and climate change in 3 epochs being the next 20 years, 20 to 50 years and 50 to 100 years

·                     the identification of risks to both the historic and natural environment as the coast changes

·                     policy frameworks to address the risks in a sustainable manner and indication of how the coastline should look under the promoted policies in 20, 50 and 100 years.

 

The main objective of the SMP2 was to identify long term management policies for the coast.  The revised SMP2 recommended changes to the current approach in some areas which would help manage those so that the people, places, industry and wildlife affected could adapt at a reasonable pace.  The section of the Vale of Glamorgan coastline within the Lavernock Point to St. Ann's Head Shoreline Management Plan SMP2 document extended from Lavernock Point to the mouth of the River Ogmore and consisted of six policy units as follows:

 

·                     Lavernock Point to Barry Island (PU1)

·                     Barry Island and Docks (PU2)

·                     The Knap to Watch House Bay (PU3)

·                     Aberthaw (PU4)

·                     Limpert Bay to Nash Point (PU5)

·                     and the major part of Nash Point to Porthcawl (PU6).

 

Plans in relation to these six policy units were attached as appendices to the report. In view of the long term issues it was noted that due to the planning time frame a considerable amount of assumptions had to be made in preparing the documentation but the Council had to start somewhere. 

 

Having considered the report it was subsequently

 

RECOMMENDED - T H A T the proposal to adopt the draft SMP2 document be endorsed following its approval by the Welsh Government Minister for the Environment, Sustainability and Housing and that the report also be referred to Cabinet for consideration and/or approval.

 

Reason for recommendation

 

For Cabinet consideration.

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Councillor Curtis commented that he had recently attended a presentation  by Netherwood Sustainable Futures about Climate Adaptation in Bridgend County Borough Council and Vale of Glamorgan Council and would like to add a further recommendation to the report that was outlined below.

 

Cabinet, having considered the recommendation of the Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment)

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)          T H A T the draft SMP2 document be approved.

 

(2)          T H A T a presentation by Netherwood Sustainable Futures is offered to all members of the Council to assess the potential business impacts of projected climate change on the Local Authority Strategy in order to meet the requirements of the Climate Change Act 2008.

 

Reasons for decisions.

 

(1)          To agree the Council’s high level policy document for coastal flood and erosion risk management planning.

 

(2)          To ensure all Members of the Council are informed of the issues surrounding climate change.

 

C1924                        PROPOSED MERGER OF THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN AND CARDIFF LOCAL SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN BOARDS (REF) -

 

The Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health) on 5th November, 2012, considered the above report from the Director of Social Services.

 

Committee received a report which sought agreement in principle to the proposed merger of the Vale of Glamorgan LSCB and Cardiff LSCB. 

 

As required by the Children Act 2004, the Vale of Glamorgan LSCB and the Cardiff LSCB were established in October 2006, replacing the Area Child Protection Committee in each local authority. 

 

The objectives of an LSCB were to:

 

·                     co-ordinate what is done by each person or body represented on the Board for the purposes of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the area of the authority by which it is established

·                     ensure the effectiveness of what is done by each such person or body for those purposes.

 

In the Vale of Glamorgan, constituent agencies of the LSCB included:

 

·                     the Vale of Glamorgan Council

·                     Cardiff and Vale University Local Health Board

·                     Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Local Health Board

·                     South Wales Police

·                     the Wales Probation Trust

·                     Vale of Glamorgan Youth Offending Service

·                     National Public Health Service

·                     Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCAS) Cymru

·                     NSPCC.

 

In October 2011, the Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services made a written statement announcing that the current configuration of LSCBs on a local authority front should move to a regional grouping based upon the Public Service Delivery model.

 

Exactly one year later, the Deputy Minister made a further written statement that specifically dealt with the safeguarding aspects.  She agreed to ensure more robust funding arrangements for Boards and to undertake further work to understand the advantages of Boards having independent Chairs so that they can make more informed choices in this matter (rather than prescribing a uniform approach through legislation).  The Deputy Minister continued to urge all LSCBs to make significant progress in achieving a regional model, thereby ensuring that all the risks had been properly assessed and discharged before the legislation required the change. 

 

The separate LSCBs in the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff had agreed to look at a potential merger, to form a single regional Board. 

 

It was anticipated that considerable benefits could be achieved by merging the LSCBs.  It would help to ensure consistent alignment of policy, process and practice across all the organisations at a regional level assisting professionals to work together more effectively in safeguarding children.  There would be opportunities to avoid duplication and to share resources.  For example, a merger would enable the LSCBs to make better use of the staff who helped to manage the work of the Boards and to secure more consistent levels of support from constituent agencies. 

 

Locally, the Vale of Glamorgan and the Cardiff LSCBs had some of their constituent agencies in common and a number of agencies were represented by the same person on both Boards.  Current arrangements were closely aligned and the Training Sub Group had been a merged operation for some time and this joint work had been very successful. 

 

However, there were major challenges too.  Detailed agreement would be needed in areas such as:

 

·                     membership

·                     governance and accountability

·                     structures

·                     staffing

·                     funding

·                     integrated work plans

·                     links to other partnership structures in each local authority area

·                     links to any strategic group operating to a South Wales Police boundary

·                     performance management, audit and quality assurance

·                     citizen engagement - children, young people and others

·                     political oversight and scrutiny.

 

Both LSCBs had agreed to consider the possibility of appointing an Independent Chair to chair the LSCB, as was current practice in England.  Perceived benefits of an Independent Chair were that (s)he would:

 

·                     be independent of statutory services to the Board could exercise its local challenge function more effectively

·                     provide a consistent approach and allocate time to commit to their role without other conflicting demands

·                     strengthen the governance and accountability arrangements of the Board

·                     ensure the Board operated effectively and exercised its functions as set out in the Children Act and statutory guidance

·                     quality assured safeguarding processes

·                     provide direction on issues arising from Serious Case Reviews

·                     ensure key national, regional and local issues were brought to the attention of the LSCB.

 

Both Boards were confident that the work to resolve outstanding issues could be achieved in time for a merger by April 2013, if this was approved.  The next step would be for each constituent agency to agree a merger in principle so that a detailed work programme could be produced.  In due course, a more detailed proposal would be produced as the basis for a final decision. 

 

A Member expressed the view that a change from Council-based to regional-based may raise concerns involving accountability, and felt that the Committee should receive a great deal more information than was contained in the report.  Changes to the recommendations contained in the report were proposed, but not seconded. 

 

A further Member expressed support for the appointment of Independent Chairs, whereupon it was

 

RECOMMENDED -

 

(1)       T H A T the proposed merger of the two Boards be endorsed in principle.

 

(2)       T H A T the report be referred to Cabinet and that Cabinet be recommended to endorse the principle of the merger.

 

(3)       T H A T Committee receives a further report when detailed proposals concerning arrangements for running a merged LSCB had been developed.

 

(4)       T H A T the principle of an Independent Chairman be endorsed and that Cabinet be informed accordingly.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1&2)  To achieve agreement in principle across the two local authority areas so that work can be undertaken to produce detailed proposals regarding arrangements for running a merged LSCB.

 

(3)       To ensure that Elected Members continue to exercise effective oversight of this important change in arrangements for safeguarding children.

 

(4)       In that they may make more informed choices on these matters.”

 

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Cabinet, having considered the recommendation of the Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health)

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)          T H A T the proposed merger of the two boards be endorsed in principle subject to a further report being submitted to Cabinet on arrangements for the merged LSCB and how it would function.

 

(2)          T H A T the views of Scrutiny Committee with regard to the appointment of an Independent Chairman be noted but it was agreed that an endorsement in principle was premature at this stage.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)          To achieve agreement in principle across the two local authority areas so that work can be undertaken to produce detailed proposals regarding arrangements for running a merged LSCB.

 

(2)          To note the views of the Scrutiny Committee.

 

 

C1925                        SOCIAL SERVICES CHANGE PLAN 2011 – 2014: PROGRESS REPORT (REF) –

 

The Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health) on 5th November, 2012, considered a report of the Director of Social Services.

 

Committee were advised of progress made in delivering the actions set out in the Social Services Change Plan 2011 - 2014. 

 

The Change Plan came into effect in April 2011 and dealt primarily with those issues where a corporate approach across Council Directorates was required to deliver appropriate actions.  The Corporate Management Team sponsored the Change Plan as a key programme of work and there was a formal implementation group comprising officer representatives from across the Council.  Six monthly progress reports were submitted to the Corporate Management Team.  Consideration of these reports by the Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health) and then by Cabinet was intended to allow robust monitoring and oversight.

 

A Change Co-ordination Group, that included external regulators, had also been developed to review the progress made with implementing the Plan and the implications for the regulatory programme for Social Services. 

 

The fourth progress report, submitted to Corporate Management Team on 17th October, 2012 was attached to the report at Appendix 2.  It contained a summary report card in respect of the overall programme and project updates for each of the seven priority areas.  The report indicated good overall progress with this long term agenda for change.  It also identified any delays in delivery, and included details of the work being done to complete these actions. 

 

A request was made for a report to be brought before the Committee regarding Sub Reference CPE6 as contained within the Change Plan 'with the Vale Centre for Voluntary Services, encourage the development of Social Enterprises delivering social care services in the Vale of Glamorgan.'

 

RECOMMENDED -

 

(1)       T H A T the progress made in delivering the actions in the Social Services Change Plan 2011-2014 be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T the areas of concern where implementation of particular actions had been delayed, and the work being done to expedite delivery be noted.

 

(3)       T H A T the progress report be referred to Cabinet, with a recommendation that changes to the Plan be endorsed.

 

Reasons for recommendations

 

(1&2)  To provide an update on implementation of the Social Services Change Plan, in accordance with agreed monitoring mechanisms.

 

(3)       To complete the current cycle of monitoring and to ensure robust oversight of a key strategic Plan for the Council.”

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Cabinet, having considered the recommendation of the Scrutiny Committee (Social Care and Health)

 

RESOLVED –

 

T H A T the Social Services Change Plan 2011 – 2014 progress report be endorsed.

 

Reason for decision

 

To complete the current cycle of monitoring and to ensure robust oversight of a key strategic Plan for the Council.

 

 

C1926            COUNCIL TAX BASE 2013 – 14 (L) (SCRUTINY – CORPORATE RESOURCES) –

 

Approval was sought to agree the Council Tax Base for 2013 – 14.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED – T H A T pursuant to this report and in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Tax Base) Regulations, the amount calculated by The Vale of Glamorgan Council as its Council Tax Base for the year 2013-14 would be :-

 

·                For the whole area:                            54,375

·                For the area of Town and Community Councils:

 

Barry  

18,335

Pendoylan

305

Colwinston

269

Penllyn

959

Cowbridge with Llanblethian

2,435

Peterston-Super-Ely

531

Dinas Powys

3,517

Rhoose

2,644

Ewenny

420

St. Athan

1,335

Llancarfan

445

St. Brides Major

1,092

Llandough

890

St. Donats    

192

Llandow

415

St. Georges & St. Brides-Super-Ely

229

Llanfair

359

St. Nicholas & Bonvilston

508

Llangan

380

Sully

2,418

Llan-maes

236

Welsh St. Donats

303

Llantwit Major

3,934

Wenvoe

994

Michaelston

213

Wick

372

Penarth

10,645

 

 

 

Reason for decision

 

It was essential that the Council Tax Base was set in order that it could be submitted to WAG and used by Councils and levying bodies to set precepts.

 

 

C1927            COMMUNITY ACTION SELF HELP (CASH) SCHEME 2012/13 (L) (SCRUTINY – CORPORATE RESOURCES) –

 

The views of Cabinet were sought in awarding CASH grants, as detailed in appendix A to the report.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED – T H A T the following grants be awarded:-

 

Item

No.

Site / Location

Applicants scheme description

Estimated

Cost

£

Comments

Grant

Recomm-ended

£

 

 

 

 

1.

Peterston - S - Community Council

 

 

Childrens playground off Fford-yr-Eglwys, Peterston

 

 

 

 

Total upgrading of childrens play area.

(Funding £40k Creative Rural

Communities, £14k donations,

£1k Community Council)

 

 

 

 

60000

 

 

Precept £8000

 

Vale Council's play area. Subject to maintenance agreement with Community Council.

 

 

 

 

5000

 

 

 

 

2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.

Llangan Community Council

 

 

Llangan & St. Mary Hill

village hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

Troes community growing

project

 

 

 

 

Replacement central heating and lighting

(Funding £9k Creative Rural

Communities)

(First priority of the Community Council)

 

Conversion of former tennis courts

into allotments

(Funding £5k Creative Rural

Communities, £3k Ford Trust,

£3k community Council)

 

 

 

 

13000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

19000

 

 

Precept £9984

 

(Previous grants 2008/9 and

2009/10 totalling £13k)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4000

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8000

 

 

 

 

4.

Llandow Community Council

 

 

Llysworney village pond

 

 

 

 

Repairs to retaining walls

 

 

 

 

2500

 

 

Precept £6800

 

 

 

 

2000

 

 

 

 

5.

Cowbridge Town Council

 

 

 

Cowbridge Town Hall

 

 

 

 

Installation of stage lighting, sound

systems, and function facilities.

(Funding £21k Creative Rural

Communities £4.5k Community Council)

 

 

 

 

30000

 

 

Precept £131,862

 

(Reserves at bank £100k)

 

 

 

 

Nil

 

Total of Bids

 

124500

 

19000

 

Reason for decision

 

To progress grants in accordance with the approved scheme

 

C1928            CIVIC OFFICES COUNCIL CHAMBER ACCESS IMPROVEMENTS (L) (SCRUTINY – CORPORATE RESOURCES) –

 

Approval was sought to grant funding for works to the Council Chamber.

 

The problem of access to the Chamber had been highlighted in various Access Audits carried out by the Council. Appendix 1 to the report illustrated the existing chamber and the proposed scheme, as set out in Appendix 2 would create an accessible and flexible environment.

 

This would be achieved by the installation of a new timber suspended floor supported off the existing in situ reinforced concrete stepped floor. The proposed single floor level would be accessed by a new platform lift from the existing Civic Offices ground floor level and two of the existing staircases. The existing fixed benches would be replaced by removable folding desks, which would allow for the Chamber to be multifunctional and increase its usability.

 

The wall finishes would be renewed incorporating acoustic panels to improve sound quality in the Chamber. A new ceiling would contain updated, energy efficient, controlled lighting and provide easy maintenance access. It was proposed that a new room be constructed to house the Audio Visual Equipment and store the furniture when necessary. Should Council require Translation services, space for such a function had been included.

 

The works would be carried out by Building Services and would be programmed to fit around Council meetings where possible, for this reason the works could continue into the financial year 2013/14.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the scheme be approved and Building Services are contracted to carry out the building works.

 

(2)       T H A T a budget of £250,000 be included in the current Capital Programme, funded from the Miscellaneous Building Fund.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       The existing format of the Council Chamber had restricted access that left the Council vulnerable to Action under the Disability Discrimination Act and was contrary to the Councils' own Equality Policies.

 

(2)       That the Capital Programme be updated to reflect this scheme.

 

C1929                        THE FUTURE DELIVERY OF EDUCATION SERVICES IN WALES: STATEMENT BY THE WELSH GOVERNMENT (CS) (SCRUTINY - LIFELONG LEARNING) -

           

Cabinet was informed of a recent statement by the Minister for Education and Skills regarding a review of the delivery of education services. Appended to the report was the full text of the statement made by the Minister on 20th November.

The report outlined a number of options for delivery that included;

·                whether there should be a move to forms of regional delivery, and what the boundaries of those regions in the future should be, taking account of the regional footprint of delivery in public services amongst other options;

·                whether responsibilities for school improvement should be removed from local authorities and vested in a more streamlined regional service accountable to Welsh Government;

·                whether statutory merger of the education services of local authorities under joint management by a number of authorities could be a solution;

·                whether there was a need to go further and remove all education functions from local government and create regional school boards accountable to Welsh Government, either with or without a level of local government representation.

Furthermore, the review would consider whether schools should be directly funded by Welsh Ministers, and whether there was scope for cooperative ownership of schools at a local level, combining secondary schools and the primary schools in their clusters, with shared systems of governance.

The Welsh Local Government Association in response to the ministers statement issued the following response on the 20th of November;

“The WLGA is vehemently opposed to any proposal that suggests education should be taken out of local authority control. This will fundamentally damage the principle of local democratic control and accountability, and undermine the ability of local communities to shape the educational future of young people’’.

Although the detailed scope of the review was still to be confirmed, it had the potential to alter radically the Council's responsibilities for education and impact on the governance of schools, the Council's role as an employer and landlord, the services provided by the Council and budget and financial management that represent a significant proportion of the Council's spending.

Councilor Ellmore stated that Cabinet supported the WLGA statement as issued on page 2 of the report. He further commented that he would continue to actively work with WLGA officials on producing a response to the Minister for Eduaction and Skills in improving educational standards within the Vale of Glamorgan and across Wales.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED –

T H A T the contents of the report be noted.

Reason for decision

The report of the review group established by the Minister would consider a number of options concerning the delivery of education services at school, local authority, regional and national level.

C1930                        SECTION 58 AGREEMENT IN RESPECT OF THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN AND CARDIFF INTEGRATED FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICE (IFSS) (CS) (SCRUTINY– SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH) -

 

Cabinet approval was sought to endorse the proposed Section 58 agreement in respect of the Vale of Glamorgan and Cardiff Integrated Family Support Service (IFSS).

Under the Children and Families (Wales) Measure (2010), local authorities and the NHS had a joint statutory responsibility for ensuring delivery of an IFSS.  The IFFS programme was intended to break down boundaries between local government and health, between adult services and children's services, to provide better support to the family as a unit. It was delivered by a mix of highly skilled professionals from social care and health acting as a single workforce. The roll-out of IFSS was a key priority for the Welsh Government.  It built upon the commitment to ensure greater collaboration and integration of services contained in Sustainable Social Services for Wales: Framework for Action - the policy document setting out plans to renew social services and social care for the next decade.

The Council’s Integrated Family Support Team (IFST), comprised of a Service Manager, two Consultant Social Workers and six Intervention Specialists (social work and health practitioners) and had been operational since February 2012.  The team was line managed by Cardiff Council on fixed term contracts until the end of March 2013.  Now that long-term funding was in place, recruitment to permanent posts would begin. 

The Team had five principal functions:

·                undertaking intensive direct work with families through the application of time limited family focused interventions;

·                provide advice and consultancy to practitioners and agencies on engaging complex families with parental substance misuse;

·                work jointly with the case managers and others to access the services which the family needs;

·                spot-purchasing services not otherwise available; and  providing training on Evidence Based Interventions for the wider workforce.

·                provide training on Evidence Based Interventions for the wider workforce.

 

The latest monitoring report for Quarter 2 had been submitted to Welsh Government and demonstrated that the IFSS was meeting expectations and taking a lead role in strengthening services to support some of the most disadvantaged children and families

Under Section 58 (1) of the Children and Families (Wales) Measure 2010, the overall enterprise must be underpinned by a formal collaborative agreement between the statutory partners (i.e. the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cardiff Council and the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board).  This agreement would describe the range of services that the parties agreed to be included within the 'Family Support Function' that would be provided either directly by the IFST or services supporting the IFST. 

On 5 October, 2012, the final draft of the agreement was endorsed by the IFSS Board: and was attached at Appendix 1 to the report. The Chief Executives for Cardiff Council and the Cardiff & Vale UHB had signed the document.

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED –

T H A T the Managing Director be granted delegated authority to sign the Section 58 agreement.

Reason for decision

To ensure that the Council's statutory functions in relation to providing an Integrated Family Support Service were fully met, in accordance with the Welsh Government guidance.

C1931                        PLAY SUFFICIENCY AUDIT (LPCSD) (SCRUTINY - ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) -

 

Cabinet was informed of the duties placed on Local Authorities by Welsh Government in relation to Play and the requirement for the Vale of Glamorgan Council to carry out a Play Sufficiency Audit in 2012 / 2013 in accordance with the Children's & Families (Wales) Measure 2010.

The duty required Local Authorities to secure sufficient play opportunities for children in their area, so far as reasonably practicable and in accordance with Welsh Government regulations. The Local Authority must also publish information about play opportunities in the area and keep this information up to date. In regard to performing this duty, the Local Authority must have had regard for the needs of disabled children and the needs of children of different ages.

It was intended that the statutory duty on Local Authorities to provide sufficient play opportunities would be embedded within the Single Integrated Plan.

To assist the Local Authority in assessing play needs, the Welsh Government would provide the Vale of Glamorgan Council with £21,622 to undertake a Play Sufficiency Audit and draw up a play action plan based on the gaps and needs identified within the Play Sufficiency Audit. The Local Authority must have completed the assessment of play opportunities by 1st March, 2013.

The Play Sufficiency Assessment must provide the evidence necessary to ensure that the Vale complied with the duty of section 11(3) of the Measure, and that it secured sufficient play opportunities for children in the area, so far as was reasonably practicable. The Audit must also contribute to the overall needs assessment and the action plan for securing sufficient play opportunities which must be incorporated into the Single Integrated Plan.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED –

(1)          T H A T the duty placed on the Vale of Glamorgan Council in relation to play be acknowledged and that the completion of a Play Sufficiency Audit and action plan be endorsed.

(2)          T H A T the completed Play Sufficiency Audit and Draft Action Plan be reported to the Economy and Environment Scrutiny Committee and then back to Cabinet in due course.

Reasons for decisions

(1)          To ensure that the Vale Council met its duties in relation to the provision of play opportunities as set out by Welsh Government.

(2)          To provide more information on a Play Sufficiency Audit and Action Plan for the Vale of Glamorgan.

C1932                        CARDIFF LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN 2006 - 2026: PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON THE PREFERRED STRATEGY (RIPT) (SCRUTINY - ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) –

 

Cabinet was informed of the release of Cardiff Council’s Local Development Plan (LDP) Preferred Strategy document and Initial Sustainability Appraisal Report that was approved for public consultation purposes in October 2012.

Cardiff Council submitted their previously prepared LDP to the Welsh Government for Examination in November 2009. However, the Inspectors examining the soundness of the Plan raised significant concerns and following agreement from the Welsh Government, Cardiff Council withdrew the LDP from the Examination in April 2010. Cardiff Council had subsequently commenced work on a new LDP covering the period 2006 - 2026 which would replace the existing structure and local plans for Cardiff when adopted. 

To date, Cardiff Council had completed the following stages in respect of their new LDP which had contributed to the preparation of the Preferred Strategy document:

submission and assessment of candidate sites;

consultation / approval of LDP vision and objectives (March 2011);

consultation on strategic options  (May / June 2011);

regional collaboration exercise (Winter 2011/12)

The Preferred Strategy document and Initial Sustainability Appraisal Report could be viewed on Cardiff Council's web site via the following link:

http://www.cardiff.gov.uk/content.asp?nav=2870,3139,3154,5845,6565&parent_directory_id=2865

The Preferred Strategy document set out a strategy for the future development of Cardiff and reflected its role as the capital city of Wales and economic driver of the wider city region to 2026. The document included the following elements;

·                new homes - to provide a range of choice and new housing opportunities,

·                employment - to provide a range and choice of new job opportunities and protect existing employment sites,

·                sustainable transport solutions -  aimed to maximise the use of sustainable transport and improve connectivity between Cardiff and the wider region,

·                Sustainable Neighbourhoods - to ensure that new homes and jobs form part of well planned communities which have the appropriate range of facilities. 

·                Protecting Cardiff's Environment - to minimise its impact on Cardiff's existing built and natural environment.

 

Councillor Burnett highlighted that the suggested response to not agree with the development of land North of Junction 33 was due to the fact that the development of this site had the potential to cause increased traffic congestion particulary within the rural wards of the Vale.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED –

(1)          T H A T the Council's formal response to the public consultation on Cardiff Council's LDP Preferred Strategy attatched as appendix A to the report be approved.

(2)          T H A T a copy of the report be submitted to Planning Committee and Economy and Environment Scrutiny Committee for information purposes.

Reasons for decisions

(1)          To obtain Cabinet's approval to submit the Vale of Glamorgan Council's consultation response to Cardiff Council by 14th December, 2012.

(2)          To ensure Planning Committee and the Economy and Environment Scrutiny Committee is kept informed of progress on Cardiff Council's new Local Development Plan 2006 - 2026.

 

C1933            BARRY CLUSTER COMMUNITIES FIRST (RIPT) (SCRUTINY – ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) –

 

Approval was sought to accept the grant offer from the Welsh Government in relation to the Barry Cluster Communities First Bid.

 

The Communities First (CF) programme set by the Welsh Government (WG) had been in existence since 2002. Since that time there had been two CF areas in Barry, these were Gibbonsdown CF and Castleland CF. Both areas were managed by Vale of Glamorgan Council and Partnership Boards.

 

In terms of the future of the Communities First Programme, WG had requested that a new Cluster programme be implemented based on the most deprived 20% of Lower Super Output Areas (LSOAs) in Wales.

 

The proposed Cluster areas in Barry were Castleland (1+2), Cadoc (1, 3+4), Court (3), Gibbonsdown (1, 2+4) and Buttrills (2). These were illustrated in appendix A to the report. Appendix 2 highlighted the details of the LOSA’s. The population of the proposed Cluster stood at approximately 15800.

 

The Council prepared a Communities First Bid Proposal that was based around three themes, namely Learning, Prosperous and Healthy Communities.  The bid was submitted to Welsh Government in June, 2012, and was successful but the Council awaited a formal written offer.

 

The bid sought a total of £1.4 million over the programme period.  This figure would vary as programmed amendments were needed.  This was a 100% grant and included a contribution, limited to 10% of the programme, towards the Council's management costs.

 

Once the bid had been agreed by WG, there would be a period of staff recruitment to allow the CF arrangements to come into being in January 2013, and to appoint a new CF Cluster Board. 

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED –

 

 (1)      T H A T the Director of Development Services be given delegated powers to accept the grant offer from Welsh Government, implement the programme; enter into service agreements as appropriate and recruit staff, in consultation with the Managing Director and Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation.

 

(2)       T H A T the Director of Development Services, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation establish a Communities First Cluster Partnership Board.

 

(3)       T H A T this report be referred to the Economy and Environment Scrutiny Committee for information.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       In order to deliver the programme.

 

(2)       In order to establish Governance and Community buy-in.

 

(3)       To apprise the Committee of the current position.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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