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SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (CORPORATE RESOURCES)

 

Minutes of a meeting held on 21st April, 2015.

 

Present: Councillor M.R. Wilson (Chairman): Councillor Mrs. P. Drake (Vice-Chairman); Councillors K. Hatton, H.J.W. James, P. King, R.A. Penrose, G. Roberts and A.C. Williams.

 

 

1148   APOLOGY FOR ABSENCE –

 

This was received from Councillor H.C. Hamilton.

 

 

1149   MINUTES – 

 

RECOMMENDED – T H A T the minutes of the meeting held on 17th March, 2015 be approved as a correct record.

 

 

1150   DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST –

 

No declarations were received.

 

 

1151   WHITE PAPER 'REFORMING LOCAL GOVERNMENT: POWER TO LOCAL PEOPLE' (REF) –

 

The White Paper 'Reforming Local Government: Power to Local People' represented Welsh Government’s statement of intent regarding the future of local government in Wales.  The White Paper set out Welsh Government’s proposals for making changes in the following fields:  Local Democracy, Roles and Remuneration of Elected Members and Senior Officers, Community Governance and Community Councils, Community Rights, Corporate Improvement, Service Performance, Scrutiny, Audit, Inspection and Regulation and Finance. 

 

The White Paper had been published on 3rd February 2015, with responses required by 28th April 2015.  In order for the Council to give as informed a response as possible, the White Paper was being been submitted for consideration to the Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources), Standards Committee, Audit Committee, Community Liaison Committee, Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee and the Vale of Glamorgan Local Service Board in addition to the Democratic Services Committee.

 

The Head of Performance and Development alluded to the extremely wide-ranging nature of the White Paper and to the fact that the Scrutiny Committee was the last to consider the above proposals. He considered that many of the proposals contained within the White Paper fell within the remit of Scrutiny Committee and accordingly invited Members to comment on the same.

 

In response, a numbers of Members indicated that they, as members of other Committees subject of the same consultation exercise, had already made their specific views known and reiterated concerns made at those meetings that it was impractical to consider each and every element which could be deemed to fall within the remit of the Committee.  With this in mind, the Chairman suggested and supported by Members that their discussion would take place on a themed basis.  Members of the Committee, across the political groups represented at the meeting, expressed numerous concerns regarding the overall nature; rationale of the White Paper, as well as a number of assumptions contained therein which they considered to be undemocratic and undermined some of the key principles which the Welsh Government alleged that it was setting out to achieve e.g. diversity and greater local democratic accountability.  During the ensuing discussion, these concerns were elaborated upon and, in summary, included the following:

  • In many respects, Members considered the White Paper to be inconsistent, unrealistic and to contain numerous 'themes' which were open to challenge.
  • It was felt that the consultation was already bias and was based on a presumption in favour of existing WG policy. It was considered that the whole process was prescriptive and regardless to views made, they would merely be ignored by the Minister without any credible justification. Reference was made to the WG voluntary merger arrangements and the Register of Interests process as an example.
  • Reference was made to the White Paper lacking evidence to support much of its content and to it, in some respects, appearing to represent more of a consultation document rather than a formal White Paper.
  • It was considered that the White Paper failed to acknowledge, and seriously undermined, the good work and levels of performance within Local Government in its existing format.  Members felt that this was the case, not just in terms of the Council’s own performance, but Welsh Local Authorities in general.  It was considered that the Council was, indeed, already implementing much of what was contained in the White paper. Members felt that the White Paper was, in many instances, undermining the very 'product' (e.g. local government, Members and officers) that it purported to be looking to enhance.
  • Members considered that isolated events within a very small number of Local Authorities had led to inappropriate generalisations within the White Paper in terms of Members, officers and Councils as a whole.
  • There was a keen sense that the WG briefings held recently across Wales to explain to Members/ Officers the rationale behind the White Paper, should have been held much earlier in the WG consultation timetable and the “drip†effect of information had only led to Members further concerns regarding the manner in which Local Government in Wales was being portrayed by the WG to the media and the public.

Furthermore, there was a general view amongst Members that the accompanying questionnaire, which had been circulated with the White Paper, was an inappropriate means of being able to provide a meaningful response.  Reference was made to the significant number of “closed†questions and to a potentially distorted picture being capable of being drawn from simply analysing responses to the questionnaire.  Notwithstanding this, and in addition to the generic concerns outlined above, Members also expressed concern regarding certain particular proposals on which views were sought within the White Paper.  These included:

  • The extreme difficulty faced by people in full-time careers who might seek to become a Councillor. The WG negative generalisation/ portrayal would only serve to further undermine its own efforts to increase diversity and also to attract younger and more professional individuals to stand for election.
  • The disincentives to potential councillors.
  • Their view that the move towards achieving a reduction in the overall number of Councillors should be accompanied by a greater acknowledgement (rather than a reduction in remuneration) of the level of commitment required.
  • Concern regarding the concept of 'area structures' and additional layers of bureaucracy and potential confusion arising from proposals such as the introduction of Public Accounts Committee particularly relating to improved transparency and accountability. There was also concern relating to the potential for duplication between Area Committees and Town/ Community Councils where service delivery opportunities arose.
  • Reference to the fact that proposed powers of competency for Town and Community Councils could only possibly be relevant to two of the 26 Councils current existing within the Vale of Glamorgan and, consequently, to the potential 'knock on' effect on the vast majority of the remaining much smaller Councils, who were likely to view such proposals as undemocratic, inequitable and marginalising local communities.
  • The suggestion regarding increasing the number of co-opted members with voting rights (given the fact that it was the Council Members themselves who held the democratically-elected mandate on behalf of their constituents and the residents of the Vale of Glamorgan as a whole). This appeared to run counter to the WG aspirations as set out in the White Paper regarding greater local accountability.
  • Proposals to end the existence 'Twin Hatted' Councillors failed to acknowledge the experience accumulated, with many Members political careers starting from serving on Town/ Community Councils.
  • The cycle for future Elections as proposed was not supported with a concern that the public would experience 'election fatigue' with the potential for further exacerbating low polling turnouts.
  • The potential impact on staff morale of certain of the proposals set out in the White Paper.
  • The lack of application of the White Paper proposals such as Term Times, Power of Recall etc. to other democratically elected bodies e.g. Welsh Assembly.

RESOLVED – T H A T the concerns of the Scrutiny Committee (Corporate Resources), as set out above, be submitted Cabinet on 27th April 2015 for consideration as part of the Council’s overall response to the White Paper.

 

Reason for decision

 

To ensure the views of the Committee are recorded and to inform the Council’s overall response to the White Paper.

 

 

1152   RHOOSE POINT – MANAGEMENT AND MAINTENANCE UPDATE (DVSH) –

 

The above matter had been part of the Scrutiny Committee work programme and the matter had been raised as far back as October 2013 whereupon at that time the Committee had requested a further report on the liabilities associated with the maintenance and management of land at Rhoose Point. 

 

A number of reports had previously been considered by Committees and Cabinet, most recently by the Cabinet at its meeting in July 2014, when the Cabinet resolved to progress an application to Welsh Government (WG) for the introduction of a range of bye-laws at the site aimed at reducing antisocial behaviour.  Whilst an application had been submitted to WG for consideration, WG had indicated that new legislation was shortly to come into force in Wales which would permit Local Authorities to impose their own bye-laws and to control bye-law breaches by means of a fixed penalty.  Consequently, the Local Government Bye-laws (Wales) Act 2012 was now due to come into force at the end of March 2015 and, therefore, officers were now seeking to progress the introduction of bye-laws for the public open space areas at Rhoose Point and a further report to Cabinet on the matter would follow.

 

The report in itself sought to deal with the various liabilities affecting Rhoose Point which fell into three categories, public open space, cliffs and coastline and foul and surface water drainage.  The Operational Manager for Parks and Grounds Maintenance referred to the various points set out in the report and in particular to matters relating to foul and surface water drainage and updated the Committee in regard to the proposed transfer of the sewage pumping station at Rhoose Point which was currently in the control of the Council.  He indicated that the planned transfer of the pump station by 25th March 2015 had not progressed due to technical issues.  A joint inspection with representatives of Dwr Cymru was now planned for 29th June and subject to matters being satisfactory, it was now anticipated that the pumping station would transfer to Dwr Cymru by 1st July 2015. 

 

The Operational Manager’s attention then turned to the financial implications since 2009 associated with the sewage pumping station and these totalled £107,764.  Details of the exact spend were set out in paragraph 23 of the report.

 

A Member, in referring to the report, indicated that the area was very attractive and well patronaged with the nature reserve in itself linking well with the Wales Coast Path network.  He compared the site to that of Cosmeston Country Park albeit he acknowledged that it was on a smaller scale and considered that the site should receive appropriate funding to maintain ongoing obligations / maintenance however a previous request by the Committee to the Cabinet for specific funding had not been supported.  He also welcomed the proposed introduction of bye-laws to assist with antisocial behaviour at the site, whilst these would help he considered that ongoing support would still be required by the Police and by the local community.  He considered that if the Council had any real desire to further develop tourist attractions in the Vale of Glamorgan, the decision not to provide funding was a lost opportunity and further efforts should be made to identify possible funding streams to support and develop the area. 

 

The Committee generally supported the views expressed and it was felt that the Cabinet should be approached again regarding the possibility of identifying grant funding and also to ascertain income generation opportunities which would assist and support the management of the site. 

 

A Member specifically referred to the lack of parking facilities at the site and the Operational Manager reminded the Committee that car parking had been provided on land south of the Rhoose Railway Station which he considered was currently under used.  The Member, in response, indicated that there was no signage apparent to direct the public to this area and suggested that this needed to be further investigated and requested the Officer liaise with the Council’s Highway Division to identify suitable signage. 

 

Discussion ensued regarding the progression of bye-laws for the site and the potential opportunity for Section 106 or Community Infrastructure Levy funding to be made available to support the management and maintenance of the site. 

 

The Chairman felt that these matters were worth exploring and accordingly it was

 

RECOMMENDED –

 

(1)       T H A T the Cabinet be requested

 

(i)         To investigate income generation / commercial opportunities at the above site, including the provision of a visitor centre, with a view to assisting the management / maintenance of the site.

 

(ii)        To investigate the possibility of Section 106 / Community Infrastructure Levy funding associated with the planning application “Land North of the Railway Line, Rhoose†to support the future maintenance / management of the site. 

 

(2)       T H A T the Operational Manager for Parks and Grounds Maintenance in liaison with the Council’s Highways Department investigate signage, signposting the public to the car park south of the railway station at Rhoose.

 

Reasons for recommendations

 

(1)       To explore funding opportunities to support the maintenance and management of Rhoose Point.

 

(2)       To ensure that the public were assisted in accessing appropriate car parking at the location.

 

 

1153   SCRUTINY DECISION TRACKING OF RECOMMENDATIONS AND WORK PROGRAMME SCHEDULE 2015/16 (DR) –

 

The report updated Members on progress in relation to uncompleted recommendations made by the Scrutiny Committee for the first quarter April – June 2014 (Appendix D); second quarter July – September 2014 (Appendix C); third quarter October – December 2014 (Appendix B) and the fourth quarter January – March 2015 (Appendix A). 

 

RECOMMENDED –

 

(1)       T H A T the following actions detailed below be accepted as completed:

 

20 January 2015

Min. No. 818 – Capital Monitoring Report for the Period 1st April to 30th November 2014 (MD) – Recommended

(1)   That the Cabinet be recommended to approve the following changes to the 2014/15 Capital Programme:

  • Holton Boiler Upgrade - Request to transfer £1,000 to this scheme, funded by a contribution from Cadoxton Infant Toilet Refurbishment.
  • Penarth Learning Community - It is requested to increase the 2014/15 Capital Programme by £1.9m to be funded by a grant from Welsh Government.
  • Castle Avenue External Structures Works - This budget is not required for the Castle Avenue Scheme and is it requested that the budget of £1,000 is transferred to the Hen Goleg Boiler Replacement Scheme.
  • Flying Start Grants - It is requested that the Capital Programme is increased by £25,000, funded by a grant from Welsh Government.
  • Penarth Heights Highways and Sustainable Transport Projects - Request to amalgamate a number of S106 schemes in Penarth as set out in the report.  The amended amalgamated budget will be £325,000.
  • Llandough Sustainable Transport Schemes - Request to amalgamate Dochdwy Road Bus Shelter and 20mph Zone within Llandough, in addition as part of this scheme a proposed cycleway/footway on Penylan Road would be constructed.  The total budget for amalgamated scheme will be £35,000 2014/15 and £94,000 in 2015/16 and will be funded by S106.
  • Rights of Way Improvement Plans (ROWIP) 2014/15 - It is requested that the Capital Programme be increased by £31,000, funded by a grant from Natural Resources Wales.

(2)   That the Cabinet be requested to recommend to Council the following changes to the 2014/15 Capital Programme:

  • Bryneithin Marketing and Disposal - It is requested to increase the 2014/15 Capital Programme by £22,000 to be funded via a contribution from Capital Receipts.
  • Woodlands ATC Demolition - It is requested that £2.500 is carried forward into the 2015/16 Capital Programme for retention required as part of the demolition of Woodlands.
  • Penarth Pier Supports - It is requested that £90,000 be carried forward to 2015/16 to enable works required as part of this scheme to commence early in April 2015.
  • Paget Road Open Space Play Facilities - It is requested to carry forward the budget of £156,000 to 2015/16 to enable full consultation with users.
  • Hensol / Pendoylan Traffic Calming - It is requested that the 2014/15 Capital Programme be increased by £11,000 to be funded by a contribution from the S106 fund.
  • Disabled Facilities Grants - It is requested to increase the budget by £200,000 to be funded by a contribution from Capital Receipts.

 

 

  

(1)   Cabinet, on 23rd February 2015, approved these changes to the 2014/15 Capital Programme.

(Min. No. C2641 refers)

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(2)   Cabinet, on 23rd February 2015, resolved to recommend to Council these changes to the 2014/15 Capital Programme.

(Min. No. C2641 refers)

Completed

 

Min. No. 820 – Scrutiny Decision Tracking of Recommendations and Work Programme Schedule 2014/15 (Quarter 3) (DR) – Recommended

(3)   That the updated / amended work programme schedule attached at Appendix E to the report be approved and uploaded to the Council’s website.

 

 

 

 

Uploaded to Council’s website in February 2015.

Completed

10 February 2015

Min. No. 869 – Energy Commission Re-Investment Scheme (REF) – Recommended

(2)   That the Committee receive six monthly updates around the Investment Scheme and the projects contained therein.

  

 

Added to work programme schedule.

Completed

Min. No. 870 – Reshaping Services – A New Change Programme for the Council (REF) – Recommended

(1)   That the views and observations of the Scrutiny Committee be referred to Cabinet.

 

 

 

Referred to Cabinet meeting on 23rd February 2015.

Completed

Min. No. 871 – Employee Pay Policy 2015/16 (REF) – Recommended that the changes to the Council’s Pay Policy for 2015/16 be endorsed subject to the amendments detailed blow by the Scrutiny Committee:

 

'The Committee raised some points for clarification in relation to the Pay Policy.  The first related to paragraphs 8.3 and 8.4 which appeared to contradict each other.  The Committee queried whether greater clarification could be provided within the report In order to detail the differentiation between the maximum amount of £30,000 redundancy payment shown within paragraph 8.3 and the £100,000 highlighted within paragraph 8.4.  In answer to this query, the Committee was advised that the figure within paragraph 8.3 referred to Council Policy on discretionary payments while 8.4 referred to Welsh Government guidance for which Full Council approval was needed in cases with severance packages of over £100,000.  This related more to the strain imposed upon the pension fund and not to the amount paid to an individual. 

 

The Committee also asked for clarification around paragraph 10.1 that highlighted the minimum spinal pay point.  Members were advised that paragraphs 10.1 and 10.2 referred to the removal of the bottom pay scale which was based on the ratio pay differentiation between the lowest paid and the Managing Director.  The Committee advised that it would be appropriate for the Pay Policy to show a comparison to last year’s pay scales to those currently proposed.

 

A Committee Member, in referring to paragraph 6.9, commented that in referring to 'annual cost of living pay increases’ it would be prudent to also mention that this could be affected be deflationary pressures.'

 

Cabinet, on 23rd February 2015, noted the Scrutiny Committee’s recommendations and resolved that any alterations would be addressed in the final report to be submitted to Council.

(Min. No. C2645 refers).

Completed

Min. No. 872 – Treasury Management (S151O) – Recommended

(2)   That the amendment of the borrowing figure for the Authorised Limit for External Debt for 2014/15 included in the current Treasury Management and Investment Strategy to £262,000,000 be endorsed and the amendment and any comments forwarded to Cabinet and thereafter referred to Council for approval.

 

(3)   That the amendment of the borrowing figure for the Operational Boundary for External Debt for 2014/15 included in the current Treasury Management and Investment Strategy to £244,000,000 be endorsed and any comments forwarded to Cabinet and thereafter referred to Council for approval.

 

(4)   That the proposed 2015/16 Treasury Management and Investment Strategy be endorsed and any comments forwarded to Cabinet and thereafter referred to Council for approval, including the following specific resolutions as set out in the Strategy Action Plan:

  • The Authorised Limit for External Debt be set at £262,000,000 for 2014/15, £280,000,000 for 2015/16, £296,000,000 for 2016/17 and £300,000,000 for 2017/18.
  • The Operational Boundary for External Debt be set at £244,000,000 for 2014/15, £262,000,000 for 2015/16, £277,000,000 for 2016/17 and £281,000,000 for 2017/18.
  • The Section 151 Officer be given delegated authority within the total Authorised Limit and Operational Boundary as estimated for individual years to effect movement between the separately agreed limits for borrowing and other long term liabilities.
  • An upper limit is set on its fixed interest rate exposures for 2014/15 of £143,000,000, for 2015/16 of £251,000,000, for 2016/17 of £266,000,000 and for 2017/18 of £269,000,000 of its net outstanding principal sum on its borrowings / investments.
  • An upper limit is set on its variable interest rate exposures as an absolute value for 2014/15 of +/‑ £149,000,000, for 2015/16 of +/‑ £146,000,000, for 2016/17 of +/‑ £142,000,000 and for 2017/18 of +/‑£138,000,000 of its net outstanding principal sum on its borrowings / investments.
  • An upper limit of £30,000,000 is set for total principal sums invested for over 364 days for 2014/15, 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18.
  • The amount of projected borrowing that is fixed rate maturing in each period as a percentage of total projected borrowing that is fixed rate for 2015/16 be set as below:

 

Upper Limit

Lower Limit

Under 12 months

12 months and within 24 months

24 months and within 5 years

5 years and within 10 years

10 years and above

20%

20%

 

30%

 

40%

 

100%

0%

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

  • The Prudential Indicators set out in paragraphs 4.1 and 4.2 in the Strategy attached at Appendix 1 to the report be approved.

 

 

(2-4)   Cabinet, on 23rd February 2015, noted the contents of the report.

(Min. No. C2643 refers)

Completed

Min. No. 875 – Capital Monitoring Report for the Period 1st April to 31st December 2014 (MD) – Recommended

(1)   That the following recommendations that amend the 2014/15 Capital Programme be endorsed and reported to Cabinet for approval:

  • Hen Goleg Boiler Replacement - It is requested that the 2014/15 Capital Programme be increased by £14,000 to be funded by a contribution from revenue.
  • Dinas Powys to Cardiff Corridor Bus Priority Measures - It is been approved by emergency powers that the 2014/15 Capital Programme be increased by £52,500, funded by a grant from Welsh Government.

 

  

 

(1)   Cabinet, on 23rd February 2015, approved the recommendations to amend the 2014/15 Capital Programme.

(Min. No. C2644 refers)

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  • Hensol / Pendoylan Traffic Calming - Request to amalgamate this scheme and Hensol Sustainable Transport Facilities scheme.  It is also requested that this scheme budget be increased by £1,453, to be funded by a contribution from S106. The total budget for the amalgamated schemes will be £51,516.
  • Llandough Sustainable Transport Schemes - It is now proposed that Dochdwy Road bus shelter does not go ahead as part of this scheme however a bus shelter in a nearby location will be taken forward instead.
  • Culverhouse Cross to St. Athan Bus Priority Scheme - It is requested that the 2014/15 Capital Programme be increased by £70,000, funded by a grant from Welsh Government.
  • Penarth Renewal Area - It is requested to vire £66,000 from Penarth Renewal area to Castleland Renewal Area.  The amended budgets in 2014/15 for Castleland Renewal Area will be £723,000 and £50,000 for Penarth Renewal Area.

(2)   That Cabinet recommend to Council that the following changes to the 2014/15 and 2015/16 Capital Programme be approved:

  • Oakfield Playing Fields - It is requested to carry forward £147,000 budget to the 2015/16 Capital Programme to support the delivery of the Ysgol Gwaun Y Nant / Oakfield Scheme.
  • Hen Goleg Clock Tower – It is requested that £98,000 is carried forward into 2015/16 Capital Programme.
  • Cross Common Bridge - It is requested that £574,000 is carried forward into the 2015/16 Capital Programme.
  • Boverton Flooding - It is requested that £170,000 is carried forward into the 2015/16 Capital Programme.
  • Tackling Poverty - It is requested to carry forward £5,000 into the 2015/16 Capital Programme.
  • Holton Road Shop Fronts - It is requested to carry forward £82,000 (of which £77,000 is S106 monies) into the 2015/16 Capital Programme. 
  • Barry Island Regeneration - It is requested that £45,000 of this budget is carried forward to 2015/16 Capital Programme to meet the costs of retention against the eastern promenade contract.  It is also requested that the 2014/15 Capital Programme be increased by £285,000 to be funded from a revenue contribution from Development Services to meet the additional charges that have been incurred. 
  • Pedestrian Crossing across Ffordd Y Millennium and Improved Bus Access - It is requested that the budget of £17,000 is carried forward into the 2015/16 Capital Programme.
  • Pedestrian Crossing across Thompson Street / Holton Road - It is requested that the budget of £6,000 is carried forward into the 2015/16 Capital Programme.
  • Pedestrian Crossing across Buttrills Road / Holton Road - It is requested that the budget of £23,000 is carried forward into the 2015/16 Capital Programme.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

(2)   Cabinet, on 23rd February 2015, resolved to recommend to Council that these changes to the 2014/15 and 2015/16 Capital Programme be approved.

(Min. No. C2644 refers)

Completed

 

17 March 2015

Min. No. 1018 – Barry Secondary School Transformation (REF) – Recommended that the Cabinet be requested that it ensures that officers submit timely reports to the Scrutiny Committee to enable it to keep abreast of developments, including project risk assessments.

 

 

Cabinet, on 13th April 2015, noted the contents of the report and resolved that officers present further reports to the Scrutiny Committee to enable it to keep abreast of developments, including project risk assessments.

(Min. No. C2724 refers)

Completed

Min. No. 1020 – Capital Monitoring Report for the Period 1st April to 31st January 2015 (MD) – Recommended

(1)   That the following recommendations that amend the 2014/15 Capital Programme be endorsed and reported to Cabinet for approval:

  • Additional Education Asset Renewal Schemes - It is requested that Cabinet notes that Emergency Powers have been approved for this scheme.
  • Llanfair Primary Roof Renewal - It is requested that Cabinet notes that Delegated Authority that has been exercised for this scheme and notes that the £11,000 shortfall has been funded from the Education Asset Renewal Contingency Budget.
  • Housing Improvement Programme - It is requested that Cabinet notes that Delegated Authority has been approved to vary the scheme.
  • That Cabinet approves the following changes to the 2014/15 Capital Programme.
  • A4226 Five Mile Lane Improvements Ground Investigation - It is requested that the 2014/15 Capital Programme be increased by £48,485.04, funded by a reimbursement from Welsh Government.
  • Replacement Network Switches Alps Depot - It is requested to increase this budget by £5,000 to be funded from a virement of £3,000 from the IT Storage Augmentation scheme and a virement of £2,000 from the Resources Asset Renewal budget.

(2)   That Cabinet recommends to Council the following changes to the 2014/15 Capital Programme be approved:

  • Penarth Learning Community - It is requested to increase the Penarth Learning Community scheme budget by £235,000 to be funded by a contribution from the School Investment Strategy Reserve.
  • Llantwit Major Library - It is requested that £4,000 is carried forward into the 2015/16 Capital Programme.
  • Ewenny Road Bridge - It is requested that £975,000 is carried forward to the 2015/16 Capital Programme.
  • Gileston to Old Mill - It is requested that £195,000 is carried forward into the 2015/16 Capital Programme.
  • Visible Services Highway Improvements Resurfacing - It is requested that £120,000 is carried forward in to the 2015/16 Capital Programme.
  • Ashpath Footpath Improvements - It is requested to carry forward £8,000 of this budget into the 2015/16 Capital Programme.
  • Cogan Hall Farm - It is requested that £10,000 is carried forward into the 2015/16 Capital Programme.
  • Byrd Crescent Community Centre - It is requested to carry forward £10,000 into the 2015/16 Capital Programme.
  • Italian Shelter Penarth - It is requested to carry forward £25,000 into the 2015/16 Capital Programme.
  • St. Paul’s Church - It is requested that £245,000 is carried forward into the 2015/16 Capital Programme.
  • Demolition of block at Court Road Depot - It is requested that £279,000 of this budget is carried forward into the 2015/16 Capital Programme.   
  • Civic Offices Partial Roof Replacement - It is requested that £269,000 of this budget is carried forward to the 2015/16 Capital Programme.

 

 

 

 

(1)   Cabinet, on 13th April 2015, resolved that these changes to the Capital Programme be approved.

(Min. No. C2726 refers)

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(2)   Cabinet, on 13th April 2015, resolved that these changes to the Capital Programme be recommended to Council.

(Min. No. C2726 refers)

Completed

11 November 2014

Min. No. 596 – Treasury Management (S151O) – Recommended

(4)   That the Head of Finance submit further information on the procurement / selection exercise in respect of the appointment of the Council’s banker.

 

 

Report submitted to the February 2015 meeting of the Committee.

Completed

16 September 2014

Min. No. 377 – Medium Term Financial Plan 2014/15 – 2017/18 (REF) – Recommended

(1)   That the quarterly monitoring reports to the Scrutiny Committee include reports on the savings achieved to date and future savings identified for each service area.

  

 

Revenue monitoring arrangements now to include standardised quarterly monitoring information on savings progress / achievements.  Last reported in February 2015 – next quarterly monitoring report anticipated June 2015.

Completed

Min. No. 380 – Improvement Plan Part 2: Annual Review of Performance 2013/14 (MD) – Recommended

(2)   That having regard to the comments referred to above, the relevant officers with responsibility for Disabled Facilities Grants, NEETs, Children’s and Adult Services be requested to attend a future meeting of the Scrutiny Committee, to advise on the issues affecting the performance in these areas in relation to the direction of travel as contained within the report.

 

 

 

Ongoing progress to be assessed in future monitoring reports to Cabinet / Scrutiny.

Completed

 

(2)       T H A T progress against the remaining recommendations identified as ongoing as detailed in the report be noted.

 

(3)       T H A T the updated / amended work programme schedule attached at Appendix F be approved and uploaded to the Council’s website.

 

Reasons for recommendations

 

(1&2)  To apprise Members of progress with Scrutiny Committee recommendations.

 

(3)       For information.

 

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