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CABINET

 

Minutes of a meeting held on 12 May, 2014.

 

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

 

Also Present: Councillor A.J. Moore.

           

C2315                        MINUTES –

           

RESOLVED – T H A T the minutes of the meeting held on 28 April, 2014 be approved as a correct record.

 

C2316            DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST –

 

No declarations of interest were received.

 

C2317                        GLAMORGAN HERITAGE COAST ADVISORY GROUP –

 

The following minutes of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast Advisory Group meeting held on 4 April, 2014 were submitted.

 

Present:  Councillor Mrs. A.J. Preston (Chairman); Councillor E. Williams (Vice-Chairman); Councillors R.F. Curtis, Mrs. V.M. Hartrey and R.P. Thomas (Vale of Glamorgan Council), Ms. G.M. Barter (Natural Resources Wales), Mr. J. Golunski (Dunraven Estates), Councillor G. Davies (Bridgend County Borough Council); Mr. B. Acott (Friends of Glamorgan Heritage Coast) and Mrs. H. March (Independent).

 

(a)       Apologies for absence -

 

These were received from Councillor L. Burnett (Vale of Glamorgan Council) and Mr. R. McLaggan (Merthyr Mawr Estates).

 

(b)       Minutes -

 

AGREED - T H A T the minutes of the meeting held on 13th September, 2013 be accepted as a correct record subject to the following amendments on Page 3 of the minutes:

 

·               Item (h) - remove 'Bridgend or’ in line 2 and include 'in Bridgend’ in line 3 after Site of Scientific Interest.

·               Item (i) - remove the 'r’ from Mr. Acott’s surname.

 

At this point Councillor Curtis, through the Chairman, asked if he could circulate a petition relating to the use of polystyrene food packaging which was duly agreed.

 

(c)        Presentation by Principal Ranger, Mr. Paul Dunn - Achievements and Issues Since the Last Meeting -

 

The Committee was provided with a PowerPoint presentation by the Principal Ranger which showed a number of pictures of the coast and some of the issues faced by the Heritage Coast team in the previous 12 months.

 

Mr. Dunn stated that 2013 had seen the best weather for some considerable time, possibly around 10 years; however the winter of 2013 had brought very dramatic weather and issues with, for example, slipways to beaches e.g. Llantwit Major requiring hard engineering solutions. 

 

Following a question regarding members of the public sitting underneath cliff edges, the Committee was advised that people were always advised to steer clear of the cliff edges in view of the dangers of incoming tides and falling stones.  It was, however, accepted that it was a hard issue to resolve as people had different perceptions of risk/dangers.

 

Mr. Dunn further advised that the Wales Coastal Path had been a real success with many waking groups and individuals using the coastal path, for which positive feedback had been received.  Dunraven Gardens had also been a good resource for schools.  The team, however, relied heavily on volunteers in order to restore the gardens and that they were somewhere safe for visitors to go when the tides were in.  He further informed the Group that there had been many events and walks at and along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast including a walking festival event. 

 

Littering on the coast was still a major and increasing problem e.g. disposable barbeques, cans, bottles and Chinese Lanterns etc., which was difficult to resolve with existing staff levels, and staff working extra hours and volunteer help.  The Cabinet Member for Visible Services, Councillor Curtis, stated that he was proposing to put a proposal to Cabinet to ban Chinese Lanterns from the Vale of Glamorgan.  Of note was the fact that assistance had been available to help the team as many groups had approached them to arrange beach cleans and carry out jobs along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Centre.  A lot of work had also been carried out on the footpaths e.g. the installation of kissing gates. 

 

A Member of the Vale of Glamorgan Council asked how the team complied with the Disability Discrimination Act with regards to access across the coastal path.  The Operational Manager, Mr. Bob Guy, explained that normal practice would be to strive for a gap as first choice, followed by a gate, and as a last resort, a stile.  There were issues with regard to land owner permissions and the need to retain livestock, which meant that the first choice could not be achieved in many cases.  There were however targeted routes where improvements were being made to maximise accessibility, but resources were needed to implement improvements so achievements often follow grant availability.  

 

A grant had also been secured from the Waterloo Foundation of £3,000, with match funding from the Friends of the Heritage Coast for a Bank Commander which was a vehicle for grass cutting and that since management had been carried out the number of endangered High-Brown Fritillary butterflies had increased.  He further informed the Group that there had been quite a lot of vandalism over recent months e.g. destruction of fences for camp fire wood.  University walks and talks had been very successful, as had a Literature Wales event held at the Glamorgan Heritage Coast Centre and a further event was to be organised for 2014, with Ramblers Wales which would incorporate a coastal path walk. 

 

During the presentation, Members were further informed of an incident that had taken place, where Palm Oil had been washed up onto beaches, which had apparently caused illnesses to dogs who had eaten the oil, with every effort having been made to clear the beaches of the substance.  In the recent bad weather many of the pebbles on Southerndown Beach had been stripped off, and thrown onto the car park to expose the clay beneath and similar situations had occurred at Colhuw Beach.  There had also been a lot of coastal slumps and rock falls occurring as a result of the recent storms.  There had been major damage to the Deer Wall at Southerndown and large quantities of polystyrene had been washed up on the beaches and car parks which had been a real problem to clear.

 

Following the presentation it was

 

AGREED - T H A T the presentation be noted.

 

(d)       Verbal Update on Current Issues - Mr. Bob Guy, Operational Manager (Countryside and Economic Projects) -

 

The Operational Manager advised that a change in emphasis was being made by joining up the Glamorgan Heritage Coast project with wider work specifically to further develop it as a tourist product which would add more benefit to the wider economy.  He stated that the Glamorgan Heritage Coast was excellent with regards to conservation and education work but that the Heritage Coast project needs to be more visitor orientated.  This would have to be achieved with decreasing budgets, which would be a challenge. 

 

The Group was informed that there had been changes in the last few years with the Rural Regeneration Partnership receiving Welsh Government and European funding for projects in the Heritage Coast and Rural Vale.  Research carried out by Creative Rural Communities indicated that many visitors to the area did not know that they had visited the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and as such, one of the focuses had been to raise the profile and strengthen the identity of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast with a new Interpretation Strategy. 

 

A new suite of information panels would be in place across the entire Heritage Coast by summer 2014, new interpretative materials produced, and improvements would be made to the Glamorgan Heritage Coast Centre which included an upgrade to create a reception area with new information panels.  Furthermore, he updated the Group on the progress of the campsite project, Perfect Pitch.  In 2013 a number of new campsites were trialled by landowners under an initiative from Creative Rural Communities.  Several of these sites had since decided to move forward into permanent sites and had received planning permission.  They were plugging a gap in low cost holiday accommodation in the Vale of Glamorgan.  A Walking Development Project had been set up to establish a multi stakeholder group and would result in a suite of promoted walking routes to attract visitors as alternatives to the Gower and Pembrokeshire coastal paths.  A designated website and promotional leaflets would be developed in order to promote walking as a pursuit in the Vale of Glamorgan. 

 

In response to a query as to whether more brown signage for the Glamorgan Heritage Coast could be erected particularly on the M4, Members were informed that there was currently a restrictive Council policy which allowed directional rather than promotional signage.  Tier One of the interpretational strategy was funded for implementation immediately, but promotional signs further afield would be potentially revisited when Tiers 2 and 3 are funded.  In addition Creative Rural Communities was implementing with the Tourism unit a new tourist information project, which would result in information points and Hubs across more than 50 key locations in the Vale, mainly private businesses.

 

A coastal activity project had commenced which included work with local small businesses to develop the tourism product for example photography walks, bush craft and tours.  A Member of the Vale of Glamorgan Council advised that there had been an increase in the popularity of eco-tourism with programmes such as Springwatch and Mr. Guy further informed the Group that a food ambassadors project was underway which supported small local businesses across the rural Vale to offer tourism products linked to food.

 

Considerable further Creative Rural Communities investment in tourism in recent years included grants of up to £70,000 for projects such as Dunraven Gardens restoration, new cycle storage and wet rooms in bed and breakfasts, new bunkhouses, new footpaths and a national cycle route 88 across the Vale of Glamorgan from Barry to Bridgend.  Furthermore, the Group was advised that a major new bridleway may be announced shortly which could double the length of bridleway available in the Vale.

 

The next tasks would be to develop more projects through specialist work with businesses on coastal activities and to seek to implement parts of Tiers 2 and 3 of the Interpretation Strategy via a bid for Coastal Communities Fund grants.  Tiers 2 and 3 of the Consultants’ work included Mobile Beach Interpretation, Augmented Reality, an accessible Coast Guide, Story Telling Audio Trails, further signage and Public Art.  The Operational Manager set out his vision that the gateways into the Heritage Coast would be identified by iconic imagery such as memorable carved stone features. 

 

The Operational Manager further informed the Group that the Countryside Service needed to maintain the service provided with regard to conservation and education work with a reducing budget.  In this respect, expenditure on conservation is better justified if it serves a substantial tourism benefit.  Furthermore he advised that he was currently in consultation with staff and the trade unions on proposed changes to the Countryside Service.  This could possibly include the discontinuation of, or changes to, some services.  Another proposed change included the merger of several teams into one, as currently the Glamorgan Heritage Coast and Country Parks did not have cross movement of staff and a single manager and team structure for both areas was proposed which could potentially also cover Public Rights of Way and Ecology teams. 

 

The proposals would look at the spread of individuals in order to increase flexibility across services and ensure work was carried out at the appropriate grade.  A Member of the Vale of Glamorgan Council queried whether there was the possibility of losing the identity of some areas and was informed that there was risk and challenge involved but that the intention was to ensure that the service could become more flexible and hence stronger and more efficient.  It was acknowledged that flexibility would allow for staff to move freely across the services when large scale events were being held for instance.  The Member of the Vale of Glamorgan Council reiterated concerns about loss of local knowledge from communities.  The Operational Manager stated that the intention was for more flexibility and to also increase the resources at the Southerndown Centre with the creation of a new reception and information area which would be focussed on tourist times.  Another proposal was to incorporate some of the Public Rights of Way maintenance work (and resources) into the single team as there was an overlap which needed to be integrated.  In addition, there was a proposal to create a temporary Commercial Opportunities Officer to develop partnerships with the private sector for additional services to visitors in Vale of Glamorgan sites.  The individual would be experienced in engaging with private sector companies in order to promote different activities in the Vale of Glamorgan sites which would increase income in order to sustain the Countryside Service. 

 

The Council would also be looking to promote more volunteering in areas such as information services.  A Member of the Vale of Glamorgan Council advised that volunteering was an untapped potential and that they would need somebody to co-ordinate volunteers.  The Principal Ranger reminded the Group that the Glamorgan Heritage Coast could be a very dangerous environment in which to work and experienced staff would be needed to supervise any volunteers.  In referring to consultation on the proposals, the Operational Manager requested that if any Member had concerns or issues that they e-mail him direct.

 

Some Group members expressed concern that any reduction in dedicated staff could result in insufficient resources to deal with peaks in demand such as busy periods, when congestion and litter need to be managed effectively.   The Operational Manager explained that it was not an intention to have fewer staff, but to ensure the appropriate staff were available for specific tasks, and that there would be flexibility across sites to move officers to cover peak needs.

 

Following the update and discussion of the same it was

 

AGREED - T H A T the update be noted.

 

(e)       Matters Raised by Bridgend County Borough Council -

 

The Bridgend County Borough Council’s representative informed the Group that the issue between walkers on the Heritage Coast and horseriders raised at the last meeting had now been resolved via the installation of a kissing gate.  There had been horrendous coastal damage in Porthcawl after the recent storms and Welsh Government had provided money for the reconstruction of the footpath in that area and had also initiated a scheme to establish a cycle route from Coney Island to Rest Bay. He further advised that the Town Council had allocated funds to improve links to the coastal footpath and that issues had been raised regarding the lack of facilities at certain beaches which the Town Council were also looking into. Bridgend County Borough Council was trying to encourage caravan and camp sites in areas such as Sandy Bay in order to prevent illegal camping.  He informed the Group that there had been meetings with teams from Barry Coastwatch with a view to establishing a lookout station in Porthcawl. 

 

(f)         Matters Raised by Natural Resources Wales -

 

Natural Resources Wales appreciated the work that had been done by the Glamorgan Heritage Coast team especially with regards to work on steep slopes and the wider area.  Furthermore, the importance of grant aid was highlighted with it being hoped that National Resources Wales would be able to continue the support in order that local landowner relationships could continue to be maintained.

 

(g)       Matters Raised by the Friends of Glamorgan Heritage Coast -

 

The link between Route 55 and the Sea Watch Centre needed to be maintained and the proposals that had been outlined by the Operational Manager would be reported to the Friends with any comments forwarded to Mr. Guy as appropriate.  Mrs. March advised that work had been carried out on the slipway to Llantwit Major Beach which was very good quality and the Wildlife Trust had done an excellent job on the banks; concerns were however expressed as to how long the improvements would last as the beach was heavily utilised. 

 

(h)        Date of Next Meeting -

 

AGREED - T H A T the next meeting of the Group take place in September 2014, date to be fixed.

 

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At the meeting, the Cabinet Member for the Environment and Visible Services highlighted that there was concern about the use of Chinese style lanterns on Council owned land and at events held by the Council.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the minutes of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast Advisory Group meeting held on 4 April, 2014 be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T a report on the use of Chinese style lanterns be presented to a future Cabinet meeting.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To note the minutes.

 

(2)       To consider any associated implications.

 

 

C2318                        AUDITOR GENERAL FOR WALES: IMPROVEMENT ASSESSMENT LETTER DECEMBER 2013 (REF) –

 

The Audit Committee on 6 February, 2014 considered the above report of the Managing Director.

 

Committee were advised of the results of the assessment by the Auditor General for Wales in relation to whether the Council had discharged its statutory duties in respect of improvement planning. 

 

A copy of the Auditor General’s letter was attached at Appendix 1 to the report.  In summary the Auditor General found that:

  • the Council approved and published its Annual Review of Performance 2012/13 within the statutory deadline of 31st October, 2013
  • the Review assessed the Council’s performance in the preceding financial year (2012-13)
  • the Review included details on performance and comparisons as measured by some national statutory performance indicators and the Council subsequently provided a link to all the national statutory performance indicators which it routinely published
  • the Review included a section outlining the key collaborative activities the Council was involved in and a summary of progress in achieving their outcomes
  • the Review was available in the English and Welsh in hard copy and on the Council’s website.

No further recommendations for improvement were made, although there were comments that there was scope to refine arrangements by:

  • ensuring the report set out how the Council had sought to discharge its duties under the Measure
  • further extending the use of a wider evidence base to strengthen the Council’s evaluation of performance.  The review had made use of case studies and included reference to more qualitative information than in the previous year but the predominant evidence used was still quantitive performance indicators.
  • Extending the use of comparative information including historic performance and more targeted comparisons with other similar Councils and outlining what the Council had done in light of this information.

RESOLVED -

 

(1)       T H A T the contents of the report be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T the report be referred to Cabinet for information purposes.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To keep Audit Committee informed.

 

(2)       To provide for scrutiny and review of the Auditor General’s letter.

 

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Cabinet, having considered the recommendations of the Audit Committee

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the contents of the report be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T it be welcomed that no further recommendations for improvement were made in the report and that it be agreed that the refinements suggested within the report be noted and acted upon accordingly.

 

Reason for decisions

 

(1&2)  To note the contents of the report.

 

C2319                        UPDATE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EMPTY HOMES STRATEGY 2012 - 2013 (REF) –

 

The Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection) on 2 April, 2014 considered the above report of the Director of Development Services.

 

The Committee was updated on the progress made in respect of the implementation of the Empty Home Strategy as approved by Cabinet in April 2012. Attached at Appendix 2 of the report was The Empty Homes Action Plan which detailed progress against each action.

 

Members were informed that the aim of the Empty Homes Strategy was to monitor empty homes, provide advice, assistance and guidance to empty property owners, to reduce the negative effect of empty homes on communities, to reduce the number of empty homes, return empty homes back to use and to promote the empty homes initiative.

 

Through the Strategy, the Council would target problematic empty homes that were inactive in the housing market, that were unlikely to return to use without intervention from the Council and those that were likely to be the subject of valid complaints from the public, partners and Councillors. 

 

The Strategy would be achieved through a co-ordinated, proactive approach with the relevant Council departments and stakeholders working in partnership to utilise a range of services to assist property owners to bring empty properties back into use. 

 

The empty property database was being continually updated as new information became available.  Long term empty properties details as of 1st September 2013, provided by Council Tax, had been incorporated into the database.  All properties identified as occupied had been closed on the database.  Procedures to ensure the ongoing development and maintenance of the database were in place and being implemented.

 

All long term empty properties as of 1st September 2013 were in the process of being risk assessed, with 77% of newly identified properties completed.  It was anticipated that the remaining assessments would be completed by the end of February 2014.

 

Between April and December 2013 a total of 54 empty properties had been returned to use.

 

The inter-departmental Empty Homes Working Group had decided to increase the number of empty homes being targeting for ongoing action / enforcement action.  In view of this the top 20 were prioritised for action.

 

Of the 20 properties prioritised, 2 were now occupied; 2 have been sold and the new owners were engaging; 1 would shortly be renovated and leased by United Welsh; 1 would be subject to a Compulsory Purchase Order; 4 were under renovation; 7 were receiving ongoing persuasion; 3 were awaiting enforcement action.

 

During July 2013, the Welsh Government confirmed additional funding for the Houses into Homes Scheme which enabled the Cardiff and Vale region to draw down £1.4m towards these loans.  Work to promote and support the scheme was ongoing which was to ensure that the region and residents would benefit.

 

A Committee Member sought an update regarding progress made on the Victorian Villas within Penarth.  In response the Head of Public Protection advised that this will need to be looked into and that an update would be provided to the Committee. 

 

In response to a query from a Member on how much enforcement action was taken by the Council, the Committee was advised that depending on the risk assessment the full range of enforcement powers could be used from the service of Improvement Notices to enforcement of Compulsory Purchase Orders. The Authority, where applicable, could also use planning enforcement legislation to improve properties.

 

Following a query regarding the authorities working with Empty Homes Charities, the Committee was advised that this was undertaken indirectly by sharing of good practice through the officer technical group consisting of other local authorities that collaborated with charities.

 

A Committee Member queried the level of funding provided by the Welsh Government and whether it would be possible for the Welsh Government to directly fund the post of a dedicated Empty Homes Officer, as in the case of Scotland where such positions were fully funded by the Scottish Government. The Head of Public Protection indicated that as funding only covered capital costs associated with the initiative and given the funding of staff fell under revenue costs, clearly this was outside the scope of the funding criteria. However, the Head of Housing and Building Services saw no reason why the suggestion could not be raised with the relevant Welsh Government Minister especially as the amount of housing supply was a key component to this initiative. The Committee were happy to recommend to Cabinet for a letter to be written to the Assembly Member with ministerial responsibilities for housing and regeneration to consider the Vale’s request. 

 

RECOMMENDED –

 

(1)       T H A T the report on progress made in implementing the Empty Homes Strategy Action Plan be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T the Cabinet be requested to write to the relevant Welsh Government Minister requesting that the funding of the revenue costs of dedicated Empty Homes Officer posts across Wales be funded by the Welsh Government.

  

Reasons for recommendations

 

(1)       To monitor progress made in relation to the Empty Homes Strategy.

 

(2)       To consider all appropriate funding arrangements in order to reduce the level of empty homes within the Vale of Glamorgan and pan Wales.

 

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At the meeting, the Leader commented that, as he understood it, the Welsh Government were already seeking through the Housing Bill, to make provision for Local Authorities to raise revenue to deal with Empty Homes and in view of the service currently trialling a shared staffing arrangement with Cardiff Council, effectively halving the previous years’ costs, the request from Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection) to write to the relevant Welsh Government Minister should be refused.

 

The Cabinet Member for Housing, Building Maintenance and Community Safety stated that she supported the comments made by the Leader.

 

Cabinet, having considered the recommendations of the Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection)

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the report on progress made in implementing the Empty Homes Strategy Action Plan be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T the request to write to the relevant Welsh Government Minister requesting that the funding of the revenue costs of dedicated Empty Homes Officer posts across Wales be funded by the Welsh Government be refused due to the reasons as detailed above.

 

(3)       T H A T a further report be presented to a future Cabinet meeting on the implications of the Empty Homes Strategy and on the issues raised by Scrutiny Committee (Housing and Public Protection).

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To monitor progress made in relation to the Empty Homes Strategy.

 

(2)       The Welsh Government were already seeking to make provision for Local Authorities to raise revenue to deal with Empty Homes through the Housing Bill.

 

(3)       To monitor the implications of the Empty Homes Strategy.

 

 

C2320                        REPORT OF THE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT TASK AND FINISH GROUP (REF) –

 

The Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) on 29 April, 2014 considered the above report of the Director of Resources.

 

The Chairman began by taking the opportunity to thank all the members of the Group who gave up their time in undertaking the review, she felt that although it was a time consuming exercise, the knowledge and depth in understanding gained was invaluable.  The review had also been conducted at a time of significant officer change.  The Chairman thanked the officers who had supported the Group, firstly Andrew Loosemore and Paul Guy from the Visible Services and Housing Directorate who had both now left the employment of the Authority. The Group had then been  joined by Mike Clogg and Steven Arthur from the same Directorate and Emma Reed (Development Services) had come on board as soon as she could as at the early stages of the review she had been heavily involved in the LDP process.  Sincere thanks were also extended to the Democratic and Scrutiny Services officers who had supported the Group by undertaking research and by being fully involved in the production of the report. 

 

The Chairman further stated that when the topic had been proposed for review, her initial thoughts were to look at areas in the Vale where traffic congestion could be alleviated.  She alluded to the financial position of the Council and advised that the Group had been fully aware that significant sums of money were not available in order to provide complete answers to all the problems now and in the future however, there were a number of aspects which had been considered as priority areas and for which suggestions for improvements were made.  The Group had been politically balanced and all Members on the Group had been encouraged to bring forward any suggestions that they considered should be looked at whether in their localities or not.  The Group had therefore received a number of requests and these, together with the Capita Symonds document and the draft LDP, had informed the Task and Finish report.  Some issues had, however, been considered as Ward Member issues and outside the scope of the review, however, these had not been ignored and had been referred to the relevant departments as Ward Member issues.

 

The Operational Manager for Development Services, in providing an overview presentation of the Traffic Management report, alluded to the wide ranging scope of the review.  Although all of the Vale had been looked in considering the review the issue of traffic congestion had in the main concentrated in the south eastern area. 

 

In referring to the findings of the review the Operational Manager referred to a number of topics that had been considered by the Task and Finish Group:

 

·               What is congestion and tackling congestion

·               Modal shift

·               LDP Capita Symonds report

·               Specific road congestion issues

·               Emergency planning

·               Information bulletins

·               Bus link cover Cardiff Bay Barrage

·               Changes to Sewta arrangements

·               LDP transport priorities

·               Future demographic profile of the Vale

·               The Vale’s current traffic management monitoring tool

·               Strategic integrated approach

·               The Metro Network Study

·               Smarter travel

·               Sustainable transport.

 

The Committee was advised that the Task and Finish Group had concluded 18 recommendations and drawn together 28 actions which were detailed in the Implementation Plan attached as an Appendix to the report.  Within the Implementation Plan there were four distinct areas of action, the first one relating to policies, reports and programmes, the second to road improvement actions, the third bridle paths, cycle and walkway actions and finally the fourth other transport related actions.

 

In referring to the next steps the Operational Manager, Development Services, advised that the purpose for the meeting was to discuss and agree the recommendations which if agreed would then be forwarded to Cabinet for approval. A subsequent report on progress of the Implementation Plan would then be received by the Committee within 12 months of Cabinet approval. 

 

Members considered the information contained within the report to be comprehensive and highly informative.  Councillor Dr. I.J. Johnson, with permission to speak, congratulated the group on the report and acknowledged the effort and work that had been put into undertaking the review.  Reference was made to the impact that the proposed developments contained within the draft LDP would have on the Biglis roundabout and the Merrie Harrier junction.  In response the Operational Manager, Highways and Engineering, advised that feasibility studies on the two busy intersections were currently being conducted and this would include detailed topographical survey work and traffic flow assessments that could be fed into a computer simulation modal incorporating the future growth demands so that the proposed road and  junction layout can be properly analysed. 

 

With regard to modal shift and the significant work that had been undertaken to improve rail signalling, Members were keen to understand what impact this could have on traffic management.  The Operational Manager, Development Services, advised that in relation to the train network, the Council did not have much control but it did have some form of influence.  In particular the electrification of the rail line was an important step forward and that generally the rail service through Barry and the Vale was good but that the service on Sunday was limited.  Current discussions with rail providers had indicated that the main issue in improving the rail service related to the level of rolling stock available. 

 

In response to a query that the potential impact of future residential developments could have on the A4050 and Port Road the Operational Manger advised that future funding could possibly be made available following the Metro Network Study and that a major aspect would include improvements to the bus links from Culverhouse Cross.  This would however, require an evaluation for improving junctions and the traffic flow.  In referring to the report she also made reference to the Task and Finish Groups recommendation that the Council consider the acquisition, lease or otherwise of Mobile Vehicle Message Signs, the use of which could be to inform road users of traffic congestion issues.

 

A Committee Member alluded to the level of traffic data and information that was available to the Council and that it would be a good idea for this information to be shared with the Scrutiny Committee. 

 

The Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation, with permission to speak, commented upon the value of the report the importance of the recommendations made and the potential invaluable use of Mobile Vehicle Message signs. 

 

In considering the report a suggestion was made that the report should also be referred to the Welsh Government Minister for their information and evaluation. However, the Committee considered that that was a decision best left for the Cabinet to make following the approval of the report.  Following the presentation of the report and in consideration of the recommendations and the implementation plan contained therein it was subsequently

 

RECOMMENDED –

 

(1)       T H A T the Committee’s thanks to the Members of the Group and the officers involved be extended on the production of a comprehensive report.  

 

(2)       T H A T thanks to the officers also be included in the Chairman’s statement and that with this addition the Traffic Management Task and Finish Group report attached at Appendix A, its recommendations and implementation plan be agreed and be referred to Cabinet for consideration / approval.

 

(3)       T H A T, subject to Cabinet approval, the Scrutiny Committee receives an update on the progress of the Implementation Plan within 12 months.

 

Reasons for recommendations

 

(1)       To extend thanks to those who had been involved in the production of a comprehensive and informative report.

 

(2)       To refer to Cabinet for consideration for approval.

 

(3)       For the Welsh Government to consider the issues affecting traffic management identified within the Vale of Glamorgan.

 

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At the meeting, the Cabinet Member for the Environment and Visible Services clarified that, on the minutes of the Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) dated 29 April, 2014, it was himself who made the following statement – 'The Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation, with permission to speak, commented upon the value of the report the importance of the recommendations made and the potential invaluable use of Mobile Vehicle Message signs’.

 

The Cabinet Member gave thanks to Members of the Task and Finish Group and Officers for their hard work in producing the report.

 

The Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks, Culture and Sports Development also welcomed this report. He commented that, with the proposed increase in housing in St Athan as contained within the Local Development Plan, he felt that a train station in St Athan would be more beneficial to St Athan and the rural Vale.

 

The Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation commented that the Task and Finish Group were only able to consider such factors that were under the control of the Council in order to mitigate against traffic congestion and that rail travel was not within their control.

 

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

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)          T H A T the contents of the report and the Implementation Plan be approved.

 

(2)          T H A T Members of the Traffic Management Task and Finish Group and Officers be thanked for their hard work in producing a comprehensive and informative report.

 

(3)          T H A T both Cabinet and Scrutiny Committee (Economy and Environment) receive an update on the progress of the Implementation Plan within 12 months.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To approve the report and Implementation Plan.

 

(2)       To extend thanks to those who had been involved in the production of a comprehensive and informative report.

 

(3)       In order that Members could consider the issues affecting traffic management identified within the Vale of Glamorgan.

 

 

C2321                        EXTERNAL FUNDING APPLICATIONS (L) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEES – SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH AND HOUSING AND PUBLIC PROTECTION)

 

Approval was sought for the acceptance of Capital Grants, which would improve energy efficiency of the housing stock and support the Council to meet the Welsh Housing Quality Standard. 

 

Members were apprised of external funding awarded through the Cardiff and Vale Integrated Care Fund 2014/15 which would support integrated working between the Vale of Glamorgan Council, Cardiff & Vale UHB and Cardiff County Council.

 

The aim of the Welsh Government's Intermediate Care Fund grant was to encourage integrated working between local authorities, health and education. The one year fund included £35 million revenue funding and £15 million Capital funding to support older people, particularly the frail elderly, to maintain their independence and remain in their own home.

 

Bids for the funding had to be made on a regional basis, which required a joint submission from Cardiff and the Vale. £1,849,000 Capital funding and £3,703,061 Revenue funding was allocated to the Cardiff and Vale region, of which the indicative allocation for the Vale of Glamorgan was £557,000 Capital funding and £1,119,800 Revenue funding.

 

It was proposed that the regionally allocated grant be utilised to help people stay in their home by:

 

·        Joining up services;

·        Preventing the need for care and hospital admissions;

·        Reducing time spent in hospital;

·        Reducing the need for ongoing care;

·        Providing flexible services that develop as the needs of the individual change; and

·        Establishing a coherent and cost effective strategy for the provision of housing. 

 

In the Vale of Glamorgan the indicative grant available would be utilised to develop a range of services as indicated in Appendix A as attached to the report.

 

The DECC Social Landlord Renewable Heating Scheme was delivered by the Department for Energy and Climate Change (UK Government) and the Green Deal Energy Efficiency Measures was delivered by Welsh Government.

 

The DECC Social Landlord Renewable Heating scheme would support the installation of renewable heating systems to a number of off gas properties in the rural Vale. The two types of renewable heating measures were ground source heat pumps and solar thermal. Eleven properties had already been identified and consultation had taken place to ensure tenants were agreeable.

 

The Council was awarded £57,400 against an estimated project cost of £117,000. As the project was due to end on 30 June, 2014 emergency powers had been gained to allow a contact to be awarded to enable the drawdown of grant.

 

A £100,000 Capital grant was awarded for the period 1 April, 2014 to 31 March, 2015 by Welsh Government against an estimated total project cost of £213,000. Match funding for both the Social Landlord Renewable Heating Scheme and Green Deal Energy Efficiency Measures was from the Capital Housing Improvement Programme.            

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the proposed use of the Intermediate Care Fund Grant 2014/15, awarded to support integration between local authorities, health and education be noted and that the £557,000 Capital scheme for Development of Reablement Units (£500,000) and for Telecare Equipment (£57,000) be authorised to be included in the authority's Capital Programme and funded from the capital grant.

 

(2)       T H A T the acceptance of the grants and inclusion in the Capital programme of £57,400 for the Social Landlord Renewable Heating Scheme and £100,000 for Green Deal Energy Efficiency Measure, funded from capital grant be authorised.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To ensure Members were aware of how the Intermediate Care Fund grant 2014/15 available was being deployed and the inclusion of the Capital grant in the Capital programme. 

 

(2)       To enable acceptance of the Social Landlord Renewable Heating grant and the Green Deal Energy Efficiency grant; and their inclusion in the Capital Programme. 

 

 

C2322                        FUTURE GENERATIONS BILL – EARLY ADOPTION (L) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – CORPORATE RESOURCES) –

 

Approval was sought for the request to the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) for support as 'early adopters' to take forward work that would be required through the Future Generations Bill.

 

The Future Generations Bill (previously the Sustainable Development Bill) was due to be introduced in the summer of 2014 and the aim was for public services to make key decisions with the long term wellbeing of Wales in mind.  Legislation would be implemented from 2016 and would apply to local government as well as Welsh Government in the first year.

 

Funding was being made available for 2014/15 to assist in preparation for the forthcoming legislation and the WLGA had asked local authorities to identify the support they required if they were to become early adopters.

 

As part of the support on offer, consultants would be appointed to work with local authorities who were likely to form a cluster of those focusing on particular building blocks. The building blocks were designed to help local authorities to respond to the Bill by focusing on the long term, developing integrated services, and adopting preventative approaches in local authority work.

 

The ten Building Blocks were;

  • Long Term Strategy (2050)
  • Business Processes
  • Approach to Physical Development
  • Financial and Legal Systems
  • Service Co-design with Community and Partners
  • Sustainable Decision Making
  • Governance for Future Generations
  • Collaboration in the Authority Area and Across Administrative Boundaries
  • Capacity Building in the Council
  • Being Accountable to Future Generations

Attached as Appendix A to the report were more details about the elements of each building block. 

 

On consideration of the ten building blocks, the Corporate Management Team agreed that the Council should request support for two building blocks around capacity building and service co-design with community and partners.  These two building blocks were selected as the preferred options for a number of reasons.

 

Building capacity within the organisation was fundamental to the successful implementation of new duties under the forthcoming legislation.  It would enable the Council to build capacity at officer and member level and improve understanding across the board of what changes needed to be put in place. 

 

Service co-design with community and partners was selected as although there were already strong relationships with the third sector and community it may have been opportune to progress this to the next level within the framework of the Future Generations Bill. 

 

There had been discussion about some of the other building blocks but it was felt that they would not engage the whole of the Council in the same way and may focus on areas where systems and procedures were already robust.

 

Due to the tight deadline for submitting expressions of interest a submission was made to the WLGA on 17 April, 2014.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED – T H A T the request to the Welsh Local Government Association for support as early adopters of the Future Generations Bill with a focus on the building blocks of capacity building in the Council and service co-design with community and partners, as attached at Appendix B to the report, be endorsed and approved.

 

Reason for decision

 

To enable the Council to prepare for the forthcoming legislation which would require that sustainable development was the central organising principle of the Council.

 

 

C2323                        MUSEUM ARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES WALES COMMUNITY LEARNING GRANT 2014 / 15 (L) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – CORPORATE RESOURCES) –

 

Approval was sought for of the acceptance of the Capital grant to enable the refurbishment of Llantwit Major Library. 

 

The library building at Llantwit Major was built in the early 1970s and was unattractive from the outside and not fit for purpose internally. The Council had funded improvement to the exterior of the building in recent years in terms of windows, doors and the roof and the library service had upgraded some of the freestanding shelving, provided self-issue machines and Wi-Fi. However, further investment was needed in order to modernise the interior and make it attractive and easier to use for library customers.

 

Grant funding was sought to remodel the use of free space by moving services and staff facilities to one end of the building, so freeing up the main public space for a flexible design. Old fixed wooden shelving and wood panelled walls and ceilings would be removed and walls rendered. New lighting would improve illumination and a new heating system would improve energy use in the building. New carpeting, an improved layout, furniture and PC desking would provide for current user expectations for an enhanced and modern service.

 

A DDA compliant toilet would be provided for staff and customers use. Although the library already had Wi-Fi, the improved and updated layout and furniture would provide for space for customers to use their own devises in more comfort. Grant funding would also enable rendering of the façade of the library in place of the existing UPVC cladding which would create a brighter and more welcoming exterior.

 

The proposed cost of the work totalled £250,794, comprising of a grant of £120,000 and match funding of £130,794. Following the submission of an application, a Museums Archives and Libraries Wales Community Learning Libraries Grant offer of £120,000 was received on 28 March, 2014.    

 

At the meeting, the Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks, Culture and Sports Development commented that he welcomed the report which was good news for Llantwit Major Library and praised staff for their excellent work.             

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED – T H A T the acceptance of the Capital grant of up to £120,000 from Welsh Government via the Museum Archives and Libraries Wales Community Learning Grant 2014/15 and funding of £130,794 under the Library Reserve Fund be approved and that the Llantwit Major Library Improvement scheme totalling £250,794 be included in the capital programme.

 

Reason for decision

 

To enable acceptance of the grant and its inclusion in the Capital programme.    

 

 

C2324                        ANNUAL MONITORING REPORT WELSH LANGUAGE SCHEME (L) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – CORPORATE RESOURCES) –

 

Approval was sought for the Annual Monitoring report for 2013/14, attached at Appendix A to the report, in respect of the Council's Welsh Language Scheme.

 

The scheme would be replaced by the new Welsh Standards. Any actions not completed would form part of a new action plan as part of the Standards work. Two previous reports had been produced on the scheme and could be viewed on the Vale of Glamorgan Council's website.

 

The Council would receive a Compliance Notice from the Welsh Commissioner in December which would outline future requirements in relation to the Welsh Language Measure.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the Welsh Language Scheme Annual Monitoring Report, as attached at Appendix A to the report, be approved.

 

(2)       T H A T the Welsh Language Scheme Annual Monitoring Report, as attached at Appendix A to the report, be translated into Welsh and submitted to the Welsh Language Commissioner.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To ensure that the report was translated and published in time to meet the Welsh Language Commissioner's deadline of the end of June 2014.

 

(2)       To ensure a Welsh version of the annual report was made available.

 

 

C2325                        CABINET FORWARD WORK PROGRAMME: MAY TO JULY 2014 (L) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEES – ALL) –

 

Members were apprised of the Forward Work Programme of the Cabinet / Council for the period May to July 2014, as attached at Appendix A to the report.

 

In accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 2000 and the Council’s Constitution, the Cabinet Forward Work Programme attached as Appendix A to the report, set out matters which the Executive and Full Council were likely to consider during May to July 2014.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the Cabinet Forward Work Programme for the period May to July 2014, as attached at Appendix A to the report, with the amendments made below, be agreed.

 

(2)       T H A T the Cabinet Forward Word Programme, as attached at Appendix A to the report, be amended so that the 'Greenlinks Bus Service G1’ report and 'Vale of Glamorgan Destination Action Plan’ report be presented to the Cabinet meeting of 16 June, 2014, rather than 2 June, 2014.

 

(3)       T H A T the Cabinet Forward Work Programme for May to July 2014 and all future Cabinet Forward Work Programme documents be amended to state 'Anticipated Cabinet Meeting Date’ to allow for flexibility in bringing Forward Work Programme titles to Cabinet meetings.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To comply with the requirements of the Local Government Act 2000, subordinate legislation and the Council's Constitution.

 

(2)       To allow these reports to be considered at the Cabinet meeting of 16, June 2014.

 

(3)       To allow for flexibility in bringing Forward Work Programme titles to Cabinet meetings.

 

 

C2326                        CENTRAL SOUTH CONSORTIUM BUSINESS PLAN (CS) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – LIFELONG LEARNING) –

 

Approval was sought for the Central South Consortium Business Plan that was attached at Appendix A to the report.

 

At its meeting on 25 March, the Joint Committee of the Central South Consortium agreed a business plan for 2014/15.

 

The business plan set out the Central South Wales Challenge vision, priorities for the consortium, operating model and budget and performance monitoring arrangements.  Local authority-specific appendices were being finalised.

 

The Central South Wales Challenge vision marked an important shift where improvement activity was led by schools for schools.  The vision would require a systematic shift in ownership of school improvement activity which was built from the school level. 

 

The business plan referred to the re-structuring of the Consortium to accommodate the new vision, to respond to the National Model and to reflect the lessons of the first eighteen months of operation. 

 

The business plan would be delivered using funding provided by the Council at the same level as in 2013/14 pending the transfer of additional functions in April 2015 from retained grant funding and from income from schools.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the Central South Consortium Business Plan, as attached at Appendix A to the report, be endorsed.

 

(2)       T H A T the Central South Consortium Business Plan, as attached at Appendix A to the report, be referred to Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) for consideration.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To explain how school improvement services would be delivered on behalf of the Council.

 

(2)       To inform Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) of the contents of the Business Plan.

 

C2327                        LOCAL AUTHORITY EDUCATION SERVICES FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE INSPECTION REPORT: PROGRESS REPORT (CS) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – LIFELONG LEARNING) –

 

Members were apprised of progress to date to implement the Post Inspection Action Plan.

 

The inspection of Local Authority Education Services for Children and Young People (LAESCYP) took place between 20 - 24 May 2013.  The report was published on 17 September.  The inspectors' overall judgement was 'adequate'. Capacity to improve was also judged to be 'adequate'.

 

The report included the following six recommendations:

  • R1       Raise standards in schools, particularly in key stage 2 and key stage 3.
  • R2       Improve the rigour and the level of challenge provided to schools about their performance and quality of leadership.
  • R3       Use the full powers available to the authority to improve schools that were underperforming.
  • R4       Make sure that planning for improvement was thorough and consistent throughout all services.
  • R5       Ensure that robust systems were in place for evaluating the outcomes of initiatives and that they demonstrated good value-for-money.
  • R6       Strengthen arrangements for monitoring and evaluating the wellbeing of children and young people.

The Post Inspection Action Plan (PIAP) was approved by Cabinet on 18 November, 2013.  The PIAP provided a comprehensive action plan to address the recommendations of the inspectors and addressed the shortcomings they observed. 

 

The PIAP had been amended to describe progress to date: in some places additional milestones had been added to assist the monitoring of progress.  Other minor changes reflected changes to staff in some posts.

 

Appendix A, attached to the report, described the progress that was being made to implement the action plan: work was on schedule in relation to the implementation of the plan. 

 

Estyn had indicated that they would monitor progress against the recommendations by way of three monitoring visits over a twelve month period between autumn 2014 and autumn 2015. The first monitoring visit by two inspectors over two days in autumn 2014 would assess progress in response to recommendations 2 and 6.  The visit in spring 2015 would assess progress in relation to recommendations 3 and 4 and the final visit would review progress in relation to recommendations 1 and 5.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)       T H A T the progress to date to implement the Vale of Glamorgan Council LAESCYP Post Inspection Action Plan, as attached at Appendix A to the report be noted.

 

(2)       T H A T the report be referred to Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) for consideration.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)       To ensure that Members were aware of the progress that had been made to implement the Post Inspection Action Plan (PIAP).

 

(2)       To ensure that Scrutiny Committee (Lifelong Learning) could consider the progress that had been made and where further progress was required.

 

 

C2328                        RESPONSE TO WELSH GOVERNMENT CONSULTATION ON RURAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR WALES (2014 – 2020) (RIPT) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) –

 

Endorsement was sought for the Council’s response to the final Welsh Government Consultation on the Rural Development Plan for Wales 2014-2020.

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council submitted a response to an earlier Welsh Government consultation on the 2014-2020 Rural Development Plan for Wales.  The current response attached at Appendix A to the report related to the final proposals put forward by the Welsh Government, and consulted upon by Welsh Government between February and April of this year.

 

The Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation congratulated Officers for their hard work in providing a well written and thoughtful response to the Welsh Government consultation.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED – T H A T the response to the Welsh Government Consultation on Rural Development Plan for Wales (2014-2020) attached at Appendix 1 to the report be endorsed.

 

Reason for decision

 

In order to endorse the Council's response and to achieve Council Rural Regeneration objectives.

 

 

C2329                        REGIONAL TECHNICAL STATEMENT ON AGGREGATES – NORTH WALES AND SOUTH WALES (FIRST REVIEW) (RIPT) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) –

 

Endorsement was sought of the First Review of the Regional Technical Statement (RTS) prepared by the South Wales Regional Aggregates Working Party.

 

Minerals Technical Advice Note 1: Aggregates – March 2004 (MTAN1) required the preparation of Regional Technical Statements (RTS) for the areas covered by the North Wales and South Wales Aggregates Working Parties to be reviewed every five years.  The Initial RTS was produced in 2008 and therefore an updated RTS had been prepared.

 

A Steering Group consisting of Members of the South Wales Aggregates Working Party was established in order to progress the review in South Wales.  The purpose of the RTS was to agree an approach towards the future supply of construction aggregates within each Region, taking account of the latest available information regarding the balance of supply and demand, and current notions of sustainability as enshrined in Minerals Planning Policy Wales.

 

The Document considered the pattern of aggregates supply across the South Wales region and made conclusions on the likely requirements for the next 25 years (for crushed rock) and 22 years (for sand and gravel) in order to meet forecast demand based on 10-year average annual production rates.  The RTS also took into consideration the proximity principle, environmental capacity and a number of other supply and demand factors when considering the supply pattern of minerals and regional requirements.  A copy of the RTS First Review Document could be viewed online at: http://www.swrawp-wales.org.uk/Html/rtsreview2013/RTS%20First%20Review%20-%20Consultation%20Draft%20-%20Main%20Document.pdf.

 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED – T H A T the contents of the report be noted and the Regional Technical Statement (First Review) made available in the Members room and on the Vale of Glamorgan Councils web site be endorsed.

 

Reason for decision

 

To enable the Council to formally endorse the First Review of the Regional Technical Statement (RTS) for minerals planning purposes.

 

 

C2330                        WELSH GOVERNMENT GRANT FUNDED RURAL INTEGRATED TRANSPORT INITIATIVE (RIPT) (SCRUTINY COMMITTEE –ECONOMY AND ENVIRONMENT) -      

 

Members were informed that the Council had been offered a £100,000 grant from Welsh Government (WG) to pilot a rural integrated transport initiative and approval was sought to accept the grant.

 

Welsh Government (WG) had offered the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Ceredigion Council a £100,000 grant each to be used for pilot integrated transport initiatives.  The offer letter for the Vale of Glamorgan was attached at Appendix A to the report.

 

The Pilot scheme set out by WG aimed to identify elements of best practice in other local authorities, implement a suitable and affordable scheduling and journey booking software product, establish running costs for drivers as well as maintenance, fuel, insurance and other costs for an accessible 12 seat vehicle.

 

The pilot scheme would run until 31 March, 2015 with quarterly updates being provided to the Minister. The pilot project was designed to establish whether it was feasible to reduce Council transport costs and administrative efficiencies.

 

Council Officers were discussing with the Welsh Government how the Project would be delivered.  A Draft Project Plan Gantt Chart and cost schedule were attached at Appendices B and C to the report. It was expected that the Welsh Government grant of £100,000 would allow the Vale of Glamorgan Council to:

 

  • Purchase a 12 seat fully adaptable/accessible bus and running costs (a Greenlinks vehicle would be used in the interim)
  • Purchase transport planning software, and any associated database licences and hardware and
  • Employ part time employed drivers to work on the pilot until 31st March 2015. 

This was a matter for Executive decision.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(1)          T H A T the Grant funding from Welsh Government for the Rural Integrated Transport Initiative Pilot Project which would run until 31 March, 2015 be accepted.

 

(2)          T H A T delegated authority be granted to the Director of Development Services, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Innovation, Planning and Transportation to approve the installation of journey scheduling software once the most appropriate software package was agreed between Ceredigion Council, the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Welsh Government.

 

(3)          T H A T the Project Plan and costs attached at Appendices B and C to the report be approved.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(1)          To advise Welsh Government that the Council was accepting the offer of £100 ,00 grant funding for the Rural Integrated Transport Initiative pilot project.

 

(2)          In order that the pilot money could be used to purchase scheduling and journey software.

 

(3)          To spend the pilot money as proposed in Appendices B and C  as attached to the Report.