Agenda and minutes

Streetscene and Engineering Scrutiny Committee
Friday, 22nd February, 2019 10.00 am

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

Contact: Jason Davies 

No. Item


To select appropriate items from the Cabinet Board Agenda for pre-scrutiny (Cabinet Board reports enclosed for Scrutiny Members).




The Committee chose to scrutinise the following items:

Cabinet Board Proposals


1.1    Household Waste Recycling Centre, Lower Cwmtwrch


The Committee received information in relation to Household Waste Recycling Centre, Lower Cwmtwrch as contained within the circulated report.


Members referred to paragraph nine on page 13 in relation the financial impact, and queried whether the savings made from closing Pwllfawatkin have been factored into this figure. Officers stated that the savings from the closure of Pwllfawatkin had been factored in, but the savings fell marginally short of the £100,000 target.

Members queried whether there was a breakdown available which provided the outturn cost for the deal agreed with Powys. Officers explained that there was no further breakdown available from Powys, and that officers had agreed to a lump sum payment to cover site management fees. Officers informed the committee that both authorities would share the cost of residual waste, recycling, reuse and composting tonnages taken by residents to the site on a 50/50 basis for the first three years. Officers added that after the three year period had elapsed that surveys would be undertaken to determine the cost to each authority based on actual usage by citizens from both areas.


Members queried whether there was a further breakdown of the figure agreed with Powys. Officers explained that cost of the contract with Powys was cheaper and better value for money than the current arrangement. Officers added that there wasn’t much additional detail to include other than what was included in the report.


Members queried why the site would be closed for two days. Officers explained that it was in order to make the site more viable.


Following scrutiny, the Committee were supportive of the proposals to be considered by the Cabinet Board; however the committee requested for a further report to be presented to the committee with a further breakdown of outturn costs.



1.2    Programme of Maintenance of Bus Shelters


The committee received a report in relation to the Programme of Maintenance of Bus Shelters as contained within the circulated report.

Members queried whether the contract in place with Clear Channel in relation to the maintenance of the stainless steel bus shelters was effective. Officers stated that the contract with Clear Channel was good value for the Council as they offered a full maintenance and repair service on a regular basis at no cost to the Council, provided that they could arrange advertisements on the shelters and retain the associated income. Officers added that the only cost that the Council would have to incur was to replace a bus shelter if it was demolished or damaged beyond repair, and an insurance claim was unsuccessful.


Members questioned that in the scenario where an insurance claim was not successful and there was no money in the budget to replace a bus stop, would a flag and a pole in place of a bus shelter work as a temporary measure. Officers stated that every insurance claim was followed up and the Council  ...  view the full minutes text for item 1.


Forward Work Programme 18/19 pdf icon PDF 170 KB


The committee noted the forward work programme.