Agenda and minutes

Performance Scrutiny Committee - Place and Corporate - Monday, 13th January, 2020 4.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1 - Civic Centre

Contact: Meryl Lawrence  Scrutiny Adviser

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Declaration of Interests




Minutes of the Previous Meetings pdf icon PDF 125 KB

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The Minutes of the meetings held on 4 November 2019 and 18 November 2019 were approved as a true and accurate record.



2020-21 Budget and Medium Term Financial Projections pdf icon PDF 125 KB

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-      Beverly Owen – Strategic Director – Place

-      Paul Jones – Head of City Services

-      Rhys Cornwall – Head of People and Business Change

-      Mark Bleazard – Digital Services Manager

-      Gareth Price – Head of Law and Regulation

-      Meirion Rushworth - Head of Finance

-      Owen James – Assistant Head of Finance



City Services


Proposal 12 - CS2021/01 - Increase in Fees


The Head of City Services clarified the proposal to increase the following two fees:


1.   Increase in emergency road closure charge from £250 per event to £800 per event. This was a fee paid by utility companies and statutory undertakers when the need arises to close an adopted highway at short notice. The original lower price meant there had been more emergency road closures than need be, and caused problems with informing residents of emergency works in time.


2.   Introduce a charge for waste receptacles for new build low-rise properties when residents initially occupy. There is already a charge for Houses in Multiple Occupation and this new charge is part of the Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance, but no value had been set.


Members asked the following:


·      A Member asked if the fees are in line with other Councils.


The Head of City Services advised that they were broadly in line. 


·      A Member voiced concern about the large increase in the fees for emergency closures, and worried how this would affect community events.

The Head of City Services clarified that community events were not emergency road closures and would be classed as planned road closures.



Proposal 13 - CS2021/06 – Removal of non-statutory ALN Home to College Transport Provision and Post 16 Travel Grants to Mainstream Schools and Colleges


The Head of City Services clarified that the two grants in this proposal were for transport for pupils after finishing secondary school and the removal was proposed to be phased over the next two years so that students currently on two-year courses could complete their courses.


·      Members expressed concern regarding the removal of the grants and the impact upon  vulnerable people. Further concern was expressed at the potential environmental impact of the proposal to withdraw funding, which could result in an increase in traffic as parents / young people drove to college themselves and it was questioned whether some work could be undertaken with bus services on a travel card scheme, like an Oyster card.


Proposal 14 - CS2021/08 - Increased Recycling - Bag Sorting at Household Waste Recycling Centre


The Head of City Services advised the Committee of the improved recycling performance over the year, but that recycling performance via the HWRC could be increased further. Many Councils had stopped allowing mixed bagged waste, and any mixed bagged waste brought to the HWRC intended for the non-recyclable waste skip would be taken to a designated bag sorting area. Site operatives would open bags and sort into designated containers. This would be undertaken at quieter periods, not at peak times with a view to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.