Agenda and minutes

Special Budget, Regeneration and Sustainable Development Scrutiny Committee - Monday, 3rd December, 2018 2.00 pm

Venue: Committee Rooms A/B - Neath Civic Centre. View directions

No. Item


Declarations of interest


Cllr L. Jones

Report of the Director of Environment re:

Consultation On Environment Directorate’s Budget

And Draft Savings For 2019/20, proposals ENVT910, ENVT913 and ENVT914 as she has a family member who works for Shield Security, and a family member who works in the Environmental Health and Trading Standards Department.



Consultation on Environment Directorate's Budget and Draft Savings for 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 168 KB

Report of the Director of Environment

Additional documents:


The committee received information in relation to the Consultation on Environment Directorate’s Budget And Draft Savings For 2019/20 as contained within the circulated report.


2.1 ENVT908 (£14k) – Increased rental Income


Officers explained that Swansea University and the Welsh Language Centre were now leasing the former One Stop Shop in Pontardawe,


Members queried the length of the rental agreement. Officers stated that the agreement was for 10 years.


Following scrutiny, the committee noted the proposal.


ENVT909 (£25k) – Employee Cost Saving


Officers explained that following the departure of the Cleaning Manager the salary for the post had been reduced and the remit widened, resulting in a  £25,000 saving.


Following scrutiny, the committee noted the proposal.


2.2 ENVT910 (£50k) – Port Talbot Civic Centre


Members queried what security arrangements were in place when there were evening shows in the theatre, as people could access the civic centre from the theatre. Members questioned whether CCTV would be in operation and footage monitored by the control room in the Quays. Officers stated that the cameras in Port Talbot Civic Centre were independent at the moment and did not feed into the control room; however physical barriers were being put in place to prevent unauthorised access between the two buildings. Members queried whether it was cheaper for the Council to use their own staff to cover security arrangements at Port Talbot Civic Centre, as opposed to having a contract in place with a company. Officers explained that it would not be cheaper, unless the member of staff had a number of roles other than solely security.   


Following scrutiny, the committee noted the proposal.


2.3 ENVT911 (£20k) – Estates Section


Members queried whether there was a risk to safety for one person to visit the sites alone. Officers stated that an officer would be required to visit the sites a few times a week, and that risk assessments were carried out; however this could not eliminate risk. Officers explained that they did not always have the capacity to send two officers to a site, but where possible  they would try. 


Following scrutiny, the committee noted the proposal.


2.4 ENVT912 (£40k) – Investment Income


Members queried how much of this proposal was in relation to land fees.  Officers stated that only a small percentage.


Following scrutiny, the committee noted the proposal.


2.5 ENVT913 (£40k) – Income Generation


Officers informed the committee that the Japanese Knotweed Service had been implemented by the Council and positive feedback had been received to date. Officers reported that the Council would secure finance from April onwards for environmental monitoring at Giants Grave. Officers stated that the charges for Housing Health and Safety Rating System inspections (HHSRS) and for business advice had not begun yet.


Members queried what were HHSRS inspections. Officers stated they were inspections to ensure that accommodation was fit for citizens to inhabit. Members queried whether Gwalia, Coastal and Tai Tarian were supportive of the Japanese Knotweed service. Officers explained that the pilot was directed at  ...  view the full minutes text for item 2.