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It was announced that
Agenda Item 9 on the Cabinet Board Agenda ‘Design
Options for the Remediation of Cilmaengwyn Tip above
Godre’r Graig Primary School’ had been withdrawn
from consideration at this meeting to enable Officers to seek further
supplementary information. It was confirmed that a report regarding this matter
would be brought for consideration at the next meeting.
Declarations of Interest
following Member made a declaration of interest:
Cllr. M. Harvey - Re. Cabinet Board Agenda Item 8 – Annual Parking Report 2020/2021 as in his role working for South Wales Police, he assess car parks mentioned in the report as part of the Safer Parking Scheme.
The Committee received a
report regarding the Parking Enforcement Operation 2021, which detailed current
staffing levels within the Authority’s parking services section.
Members asked if the
Council restricted the amount of permits given out in regards to the parking
spaces available; and if this had any impact on the neighbouring streets, in
particular terraced areas. In terms of the current policy, it was stated that two
residents per household could receive parking permits; this was reduced to one
permit if there was off-street parking areas or if the property had a garage.
The current permit scheme did not guarantee a space within the resident bays,
however it offered residents a better opportunity to park closer to their
properties. It was noted that when Officers assess a street they must retain
around 30% of the street as unrestricted, which allows for visitors and those
who weren’t able to park within a bay, to then be able to park within an
unrestricted area; where there were very restricted streets, inevitably
sometimes residents will have to park on nearby streets. Officers mentioned
that with the increase of the number of vehicles privately owned, there were
more cars than physical spaces on the streets in some areas, particularly where
there were terraced properties. It was added that for a permit to be issued on
a street, the car must be registered to a property on the street.
It was mentioned that
there were some areas and spaces across the County Borough which could
potentially be suitable for additional parking bays, for examples verges;
Officers were asked if they could look into this type of solution and if there
were any grants that could be utilised to complete this work. Officers stated that there were no specific grants to
create off street residential parking bays; in the past, there had been schemes
in which the Council was able to create off street parking bays, however there
had not been any for some time due to the pressures on the highway maintenance
budget. It was noted that this type of work was do-able if unplanned monies
became available; the Team were open to suggestions and would always try and
create additional parking, where possible, for residents. It was explained that
Officers would need to be informed of specific issues in Members Wards in order
for them to identify any funding opportunities to fund particular projects of
Members raised points concerning the shift pattern of the staff and the need for more resources in the service; and stated that although certain elements of enforcement had been effective, such as the mobile CCTV van, there would need to more of them in order to carry out enforcement more effectively. Officers confirmed that the CCTV van had been very effective since it had been introduced; however, under the legislation, the CCTV van could only enforce certain traffic orders such as those relating to double yellow lines, bus stops and bus laybys, zig zags and school orders. It was ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
select appropriate items from the Cabinet Board agenda for pre-decision
scrutiny (reports enclosed for Scrutiny Members)
scrutinised the following Cabinet Board items:
Three Yearly Grit Bin
Members were provided
with the review of the Council’s grit bin policy.
Officers explained that
the grit bin policy was set in 2012, and had been presented to the Committee on
a three yearly review basis since then; there had been no changes to the policy
since it was set in 2012. It was highlighted that due to previous difficult
decisions regarding the budget including cuts to the Neighbourhood Services,
there was currently not a lot of monies available for extra activity within the
Members were informed
that the grit bins were purchased in batches and were replaced when necessary,
along with refills which could be purchased in line with the policy; last year,
three grit bins were reported as damaged and nine grit bins were absent from
their usual location.
It was noted that the
grit bin maintenance generates a significant amount of work and service demand
for the Neighbourhood Team; in addition to the regular refills that were
usually carried out, there were 100 requests for additional refills last year.
Officers highlighted that there was a finite level of resource which was
required to balance across a range of activities that the Neighbourhood Team
carry out; due to the fact that the budget position hadn’t improved, the
recommendation was to maintain the policy for a further three years. Officers
added that if Members wanted to review the detail of the policy, it would be
important to consider the entirety of requests for grit bins from all Elected
Members and ensure that whatever changes were made, fitted in line with the
budget so that they could be funded and maintained.
Members expressed their
concerns in regards to the current grit bin policy and highlighted the
difficulties that were experienced during the winter months; particularly in
areas where there weren’t many git bins or any at all. Members had hoped that
more grit bins would be available, especially in areas where there were hills;
it was asked if a mapping exercise had been completed to identify where the
various grit bins were located and if the equability of them could be looked
Officers confirmed that the Council’s geographical information system had a layer which covered where all of the grit bins were located across the County Borough. It was mentioned that the grit bin policy had an eligibility criteria which covered the necessary qualities and conditions of obtaining a grit bin for various areas; there were some areas within the County Borough which had more hills than others, therefore they would be a priority in obtaining a bin. Members were informed that because of this, the distribution will not be equal. It was added that under the current policy, Members were permitted to move a grit bin to another location within their Ward if required; however if the Ward did not have a grit bin to move, then this would not be able to ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
Members requested that
information relating to side waste enforcement within the Waste Service be
added to the Forward Work Programme. It was agreed that this element would be
included in the report on litter and fly tipping enforcement which was
scheduled to be presented to Committee on 28 January 2022.
The Forward Work
Programme for the Streetscene and Engineering Scrutiny Committee was noted.
Access to Meetings
resolve to exclude the public for the following item(s) pursuant to Section
100A(4) and (5) of the Local Government Act 1972 and the relevant exempt
paragraphs of Part 4 of Schedule 12A to the above Act.
Pre-Decision Scrutiny of Private Item/s
select appropriate items from the Private Cabinet Board agenda for pre-decision
scrutiny (reports enclosed for Scrutiny Members)
The Committee chose to
scrutinise the following private Cabinet Board items:
Section 38 Highways Act
1980 Agreement, Commuted Sum Payment - Cae Morfa, Phases Three and Four Skewen
Members received a
report in relation to the Cae Morfa
Development Section 38 position regarding the level of commuted sums for the
long term maintenance of the development.
Following scrutiny, the
Committee were supportive of the recommendation to go to Cabinet Board.