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Agenda Item No. 10

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Council Meeting: 27 September 2017

 

Report of the Returning and Monitoring Officer

 

Rhoose Community Meeting: 8 September 2017

 

Purpose of the Report

  1. To advise Council of the outcome of a Community Meeting held in the Rhoose Ward on Friday 8 September 2017 and the initial follow-up action required.

Recommendation

THAT Council notes the contents of this report.

Reason for the Recommendation

To apprise Council.

Background

  1. In line with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended) a Community Meeting was held at the Rhoose Community Centre on Friday 8  September 2017 to consider the proposal to establish a Community Council for the Rhoose Ward of the Vale of Glamorgan.
  2. 217 registered electors attended the meeting and the vote was carried by 202 in favour and 15 against the proposal.

Relevant Issues and Options

  1. The next initial step requires holding a Community Poll which will be held on 26  October 2017.
  2. The question to be put to the Poll being:

"Should a Community Council be established for the Rhoose Ward of the Vale of Glamorgan?"

  1. Pursuant to paragraph 95 of the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011 a determination is required by the Monitoring Officer as to whether the Poll relates to the function of the principal Council or a Community Council for the relevant community. Given the nature of the Poll to be held on 26 October 2017 and the fact that there is no existing Community Council the community of the Rhoose Ward there is no relevant impact.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

  1. The cost of the October 2017 Community Poll will be met by the Vale of Glamorgan Council.

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications

  1. None directly associated with this report.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

  1. The action to date and the proposed course of action is in line with the necessary conditions set out in the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

Crime and Disorder Implications

  1. None directly associated with this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

  1. None directly associated with this report.

Corporate/Service Objectives

  1. Electoral Registration has linked to the following corporate priority:

"Citizens of the Vale of Glamorgan can easily access efficiently managed services that are focussed around their needs, have confidence in how decisions are made and are proud to live in the Vale".

Policy Framework and Budget

  1. This is a matter for the Council to note.

Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)

  1. Local Ward Members are apprised of the current position and next steps.

Relevant Scrutiny Committee

  1. Corporate Performance and Resources.

Background Papers

Notice of Public Meeting of the Community Meeting held on 8 September 2017.

Contact Officer

Debbie Marles - Returning and Monitoring Officer

Officers Consulted

Rob Thomas - Managing Director

Rebecca Light - Electoral Registration Manager

Carys Lord - Head of Financial Services

Responsible Officer:

Debbie Marles - Returning and Monitoring Officer