Agenda and minutes

Ordinary Meeting of the Council
Thursday, 24th September, 2020 10.00 am

Venue: Virtually Via Microsoft Teams - if you would like to attend this meeting live via Microsoft Teams please contact committee.services@blaenau-gwent.gov.uk

Contact: Democratic Services  6139

Media

Items
No. Item

1.

Simultaneous Translation

You are welcome to use Welsh at the meeting, a minimum notice period of 3 working days is required should you wish to do so.  A simultaneous translation will be provided if requested.

 

Minutes:

It was noted that no requests had been received for the simultaneous translation service.

 

2.

Apologies

To receive.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors G. Collier, M. Holland, G. Paulsen and B. Thomas.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest and Dispensations

To consider any declarations of interest and dispensations received.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest or dispensations reported.

 

4.

Chair's Announcements

To receive.

Minutes:

Congratulations

 

-      Congratulations were extended to Mrs Glenys Weston of Ebbw Vale who would be celebrating her 100th birthday on 10th October, 2020.

 

RESOLVED that an appropriate letter be sent.

 

Condolences

 

-      Condolences were expressed to the family and friends of Sir Simon Boyle KCVO, Lord Lieutenant of Gwent 2001-2016 who died peacefully at home on 4th September 2020 aged 79.

 

Members and officers marked this sad occasion with a brief silence as a mark of respect.

 

It was noted that a condolence letter had been sent on behalf of Members and officers of the authority.

 

5.

Minute Book - February - September 2020

Minutes:

The Minute Book for the period February – September 2020 was submitted for consideration, whereupon:

 

Special Regeneration Scrutiny Committee – 8th September, 2020

 

Councillors J. C. Morgan, H. Trollope and S. Thomas requested that their names be recorded against the decision to accept the above-named set of minutes.

 

RESOLVED, subject to the foregoing correction, that the minutes be approved and confirmed as a true record of proceedings.

 

6.

Ordinary Meeting of the Council pdf icon PDF 413 KB

To consider and if thought fit, approve the Minutes of the Meeting held on 23rd July, 2020.

 

Minutes:

Agreed.

7.

Planning, Regulatory and General Licensing Committee pdf icon PDF 305 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the Planning, Regulatory and General Licensing Committee held on 30th July, 2020.

Minutes:

Agreed.

8.

Executive Committee pdf icon PDF 357 KB

To confirm Minutes of the Executive Committee held on 2nd September, 2020.

Minutes:

Agreed.

9.

Special Executive Committee pdf icon PDF 99 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 8th September, 2020.

Minutes:

Agreed.

10.

Special Executive Committee pdf icon PDF 195 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 16th September, 2020.

Minutes:

Agreed.

11.

Corporate Overview Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 247 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the Corporate Overview Scrutiny Committee held on 12th February, 2020.

Minutes:

Agreed.

12.

Social Services Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 251 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the Social Services Scrutiny Committee held on 13th February, 2020.

Minutes:

Agreed.

13.

Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 260 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the Education & Learning Scrutiny Committee held on 26th February, 2020.

Minutes:

Agreed.

14.

Community Services Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 250 KB

To confirm the minutes of the Community Services Scrutiny Committee held on 27th February, 2020.

Minutes:

Agreed.

15.

Corporate Overview Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 235 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the Corporate Overview Scrutiny Committee held on 3rd March, 2020.

Minutes:

Agreed.

16.

Regeneration Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 223 KB

To confirm the minutes of the Regeneration Scrutiny Committee held on 5th March, 2020.

Minutes:

Agreed.

17.

Regeneration Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 198 KB

To confirm the minutes of the special Regeneration Scrutiny Committee held on 16th March, 2020.

Minutes:

Agreed.

18.

Regeneration Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 245 KB

To confirm the minutes of the Regeneration Scrutiny Committee held on 8th September, 2020.

Minutes:

Councillors J. C. Morgan, H. Trollope and S. Thomas requested that their names be recorded against the decision to accept the above-named set of minutes.

 

It was RESOLVED subject to the foregoing, that the minutes be agreed.

 

19.

Members Questions

To receive questions, if any, from Members.

 

Minutes:

There were no questions submitted by Members.

20.

Public Questions

To receive questions, if any, from the public.

 

Minutes:

There were no questions submitted by members of the public.

 

21.

Treasury Management Annual Review 1st April 2019 to 31st March 2020 pdf icon PDF 659 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Resources.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered the report of the Chief Officer Resources.

 

It was unanimously,

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and Option 1 be endorsed, namely that the treasury management activity undertaken during the 2019/20 financial year be noted and the record of performance and compliance achieved during the 2019/20 financial year be accepted.

22.

Commercial Strategy pdf icon PDF 510 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Commercial.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Chief Officer Commercial was submitted for consideration.

 

It was unanimously,

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and Option 1 be endorsed, namely that the Commercial Strategy and associated work programme be agreed.

 

23.

Corporate Communications Strategy pdf icon PDF 508 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Commercial.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Chief Officer Commercial.

 

It was unanimously,

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and Option 1 be endorsed, namely that the Communications Strategy and associated work programme be agreed.

 

24.

Strategic Equality Plan 2020 to 2024 pdf icon PDF 496 KB

To consider the report of the Head of Governance and Partnerships.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report of the Head of Governance and Partnerships was submitted for consideration.

 

It was unanimously,

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and Option 1 be endorsed, namely the Strategic Equality Plan 2020 – 2024 be approved, in line with the expectations of the specific duties of the Equality Act 2010.

25.

Replacement Local Development Plan - Revised Delivery Agreement pdf icon PDF 749 KB

To consider the report of the Corporate Director of Regeneration and Community Services.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the Corporate Director of Regeneration and Community Services.

 

It was unanimously,

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and Option 1 be endorsed, namely that the Revised Delivery Agreement and Covid-19 Assessment Report be approved.

 

26.

Decarbonisation Plan 2020-2030 pdf icon PDF 503 KB

To consider the report of the Managing Director.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered the report of the Managing Director.

 

The Executive Member – Regeneration & Economic Development proposed that Option 1 be endorsed with addendum that the Council declare a climate emergency.  It was noted that the Welsh Government was leading on this and had asked local authorities to consider accordingly.

 

It was unanimously,

 

RESOLVED, subject to the foregoing, that the report be accepted and Option 1 be endorsed, namely that the Decarbonisation Plan 2020 – 2030 be approved.

 

FURTHER RESOLVED that the Council declare a climate emergency.

 

27.

Standards Committee pdf icon PDF 119 KB

To receive the minutes of the Standards Committee held on 14th July, 2020.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to the report of the meeting held on 14th July, 2020.

 

It was unanimously,

 

RESOLVED that the report be accepted and the information contained therein be noted.

 

28.

Memberships Report pdf icon PDF 455 KB

To consider the attached report.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to:

 

Aneurin Bevan Community Health Council

-      to appoint a replacement representative.

 

The Leader requested that expressions of interest be submitted if any Member was interested in taking up this vacant position.

 

 

Advisory Panel for Local Authority School Governors

 

The following recommendations were made by the Panel on 3rd August, 2020 to appoint:

 

Sofrydd Primary – Sian Barrett

Pen-y-Cwm – Hannah Williams

Deighton – Jaqueline Thomas

Glyncoed – Councillor Clive Meredith

 

 

It was further noted that the Panel had also recommended at this meeting the following appointments which had not be included within the Memberships Report:

 

Ystruth Councillors G. Collier & L. Winnett

 

 

The following recommendations were made by the Panel on 14th September, 2020 to appoint:

 

Brynbach Primary – Gemma Badham

St. Illtyd’s Primary – Lucy Allsopp

 

Upon a vote being taken it was unanimously,

 

RESOLVED that the above appointments be endorsed.

 

DEMOCRATIC SERVICES COMMITTEE

 

RESOLVED to note:

 

The appointment of Councillor J. C. Morgan as Chair of the above Committee.

 

Councillor M. Cross to remain a Member of the Democratic Services Committee.

 

29.

Exempt Items(s)

To receive and consider the following report(s) which in the opinion of the proper officer is/are an exempt item(s) taking into account consideration of the public interest test and that the press and public should be excluded from the meeting (the reason for the decision for the exemption is available on a schedule maintained by the proper officer).

 

Minutes:

To receive and consider the following reports which in the opinion of the proper officer were exempt items taking into account consideration of the public interest test and that the press and public should be excluded from the meeting (the reasons for the decisions for the exemptions were available on a schedule maintained by the proper officer).

 

30.

Festival Park Update

To consider the report of the Corporate Director of Regeneration & Community Services.

 

Minutes:

Having regard to the views expressed by the Proper Officer regarding the public interest test, that on balance, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information and that the report should be exempt.

 

RESOLVED that the public be excluded whilst this item of business is transacted as it is likely there would be a disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 14, Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act, 1972 (as amended).

 

The report of the Corporate Director of Regeneration and Community Services was submitted for consideration.

 

It was unanimously,

 

RESOLVED that the report which related to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority) be accepted and the information contained therein be noted.

 

31.

Shortlisting - JNC Officers

To receive the report of the meeting held on 28th July, 2020.

Minutes:

Having regard to the views expressed by the Proper Officer regarding the public interest test, that on balance, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information and that the report should be exempt.

 

RESOLVED that the public be excluded whilst this item of business is transacted as it is likely there would be a disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 12 & 13, Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act, 1972 (as amended).

 

Consideration was given to the report of the meeting held on 28th July, 2020.

 

It was unanimously,

 

RESOLVED that the report which related to staffing matters be accepted and the decision contained therein be noted.