Agenda and minutes

Performance Scrutiny Committee - Place and Corporate - Monday, 24th June, 2019 4.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1 - Civic Centre

Contact: Meryl Lawrence  Scrutiny Adviser

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Declaration of Interest




Service Plan End of Year Reviews pdf icon PDF 121 KB

a)    Regeneration, Investment and Housing


b)    City Services

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a)     Regeneration, Investment and Housing



-        Councillor Jane Mudd (Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing)

-        Keir Duffin (Head of Regeneration, Investment and Housing)


The Cabinet Member presented a brief overview to the Committee and highlighted they key areas for consideration, including the success of the Council in securing Welsh Government TRI-funding. This was regional funding that required working with partner organisations to identify projects across the South-East Wales area. A number of key projects received funding such as the Ringland Neighbourhood Hub and the Market Arcade. Funding was also received for Business Development, enabling the Council to continue to support new small businesses.


Planning remained on target with supply on land for housing. The Cabinet Member commended Officers’ understanding and knowledge of the land across the city. There were also plans proposed for Cardiff Capital Region, the Strategic Capital was being discussed at Cabinet level and further discussions at each local authority level it progressed.


Members asked the following:


·              Members queried the performance measure on page 22 of the report – ‘Percentage of empty properties brought back into use’ and the comment ‘the number of successful interventions has fallen due to pressure on services’. The Committee asked for clarification of how that had happened and what was in place for the future prevent it happening again.  Members were advised that the 2018/2019 target had risen by 0.5%, with the Quarter 2 result being 0.2%, within the cycle of the year there was nothing to suggest that the Department’s target would not be met.


·              Members asked if the Council had a robust Economic Growth Strategy for the city, and what inward investment the Council had secured since the last review. Members were advised that the updated draft of the Council’s Economic Growth Strategy would be presented to the Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee in September. The Council had secured a significant amount of inward investment for the Chartist Tower and IEC buildings and the Market Arcade that had also had £12 million invested.


·              On page 22 of the report – Average number of calendar days to deliver a Disabled Facilities Grant, a Member queried the just missed target?  Members were advised that 174 days was an exceptionally high target and at quarter 2 the average was 178. The Department was completely independent with Adult Social Services’ Occupational Therapy Team carrying out assessments for delivery for each individual DFG. Each Department was working closely to implement further changes, with a number of workers training with Social Services to be fully trained to undertake assessments, which would free up time for Social Services teams to carry out more reviews.


·              With Brexit possibly taking place in 16 weeks, what would be the impact of this on funding to the Council? The impact of Brexit was not known, however it was advised Newport was in strong position with the growing economy, as well as other current key factors such as the removal of the Bridge tolls and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.