Agenda and minutes

Special Meeting of the Council - Thursday, 23rd February, 2023 10.00 am

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No. Item


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.



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




To receive.


Apologies for absence were received from:


Councillors C. Bainton and S. Edmunds.



Presiding Member's Announcements




Congratulations were expressed to:


-        Megan Cottrell from Llanhilleth who had been selected as the co-captain for Wales in the under 17 Netball Team which would be playing in the Europe Netball Championships.


A letter of congratulations had been sent to Megan.




Condolences were expressed to the families of:


ØFormer Police & Crime Commissioner, Ian Johnston on his sad death.


ØClare Drakeford, wife of the First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford on her sad passing.


ØThe thousands of earthquake victims who had lost their lives in Turkey and Syria.


Members and officers paid their respects with a minute’s silence.



Declarations of Interest and Dispensations

To consider any declarations of interest and dispensations made.




Revenue Budget 2023/2024 pdf icon PDF 843 KB

To consider the report of the Chief Officer Resources.


Additional documents:


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


The Leader of the Council proposed the following:


Appendix 2 - Cost Pressures


ØCorporate Services: Engagement & Participation Equalities & Welsh Language – Additional Staffing Requirement in the sum of £81,110 – this cost pressure be removed, consideration be given to  identifying funding  from elsewhere within the budget.


Bridging the Gap Business Cases


The following proposals be agreed:


ØRES01 – Growth Strategy – Housing - £150,000.

ØRES02 - Review of Fees & Charges for income generating services across the Council - £100,000.

ØRES03 - Reduction in the Transformation Fund - £270,995.

ØRES04 - Removal of Commercial and Contract Management Budget - £271,000.

ØRES05 - Removal of Additional Pension Costs Budget - Aneurin Leisure Trust - £152,000.


ØCS01 - Third Party Spend  (Establish a Professional Buying Team) - £396,550.

ØCS04 – Review of Telephony - £48,000.

ØCS05 - Review of Electronic Document Management & Retention System (EDRM) - £104,000.

ØCS09 – Members Remuneration – £50,000.

ØCS10 - General Offices Income Generation - £60,000.

ØCS11 – Members Grants (Special Levy) £8,910.


ØSS - Prevention & Early Intervention - Establishment of MYST Team - Invest to Save Scheme - £416,000.

ØSS01 - Reduction in Legal Fees Budget (Children’s Social Services) - £175,000.

ØSS02 - Utilisation of the Children & Communities Grant - £21,025.

ØSS06 - Review of Provider Manager Capacity (Supported Living and Augusta / Community Options) - £25,000.

ØSS07a - Reduction in Community Options (day services bases) - £143,170.

ØSS07b - Reduction in Transport at Community Options - £58,200.


ØENV12 – Closure of Mechanical Link - £41,000.

ØENV18 – Regeneration Income – £30,000.

ØENV23 - Removal of Dog Waste Bag Provision - £14,596.

ØENV24 - Move to Fortnightly Collection for Green Waste - £75,000.

ØENV25 – Industrial Units - £100,000.


ØED06 – Review of SLA Contracts - £20,000.


ØCC02 – Review of Operational Buildings - £250,000.


ØCommercial Activity & Investment - £50,000.


The above proposals totalled £3.03m.


The following proposals be not agreed:


ØED07 – Home to School Transport Service Review.

ØED08 – Aneurin Leisure Trust Management Fee – Review of Service Provision.


ØENV - Move to 4 Weekly Refuse Collection.

ØENV02 - Closure of all Play Areas.

ØENV03 - Reduction in Street Cleansing Provision.

ØENV04 - Reduction in Street Lighting Provision.

ØENV05 - Public Toilet Provision - Withdraw Funding.

ØENV06 - Waste - Closure / Part Closure of HWRC's.

ØENV07 - Waste - Reduction in Recycling Rounds.

ØENV08 - Removal of School Crossing Patrollers.

ØENV09 - Removal of Match Funding re: Subsidised Bus Service.

ØENV11 - Discontinuation of Pest Control Treatment Service.

ØENV14 - Cease Support for Armistice Parades.

ØENV15 - Reduction in Enforcement Wardens.


ØSS04 - Income Generation - Cwrt Mytton.

ØSS09 - Capping of Community Domiciliary Care High-Cost Packages.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Memberships Report pdf icon PDF 238 KB

To consider the attached report.


Consideration was given to:




-        To appoint a Chair of the Democratic Services Committee.


RESOLVED that Councillor Joanna Wilkins be appointed Chair of the Democratic Services Committee.