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Chair welcomed the Committee.
Declarations of Interests
To select appropriate items from the Cabinet agenda for pre-decision
scrutiny (cabinet reports enclosed for Scrutiny Members)
were updated on the outcome of the Welsh Freeport Competition announced by the
UK and Welsh governments and the request to take forward the work involved in
submitting an Outline Business Case which is the next stage of the Freeport policy
process, as detailed within the circulated report.
advised the committee that there was an error within recommendation (e)
detailed within the circulated report. It was noted that recommendation (e)
‘Approves the commitment of £250,000 revenue to prepare the Outline
Business Case and Financial Business Case and notes any requests for additional
financial commitment will be brought back to Cabinet for further
approval;’ – 200k and not 250k.
was noted that the figure £250,000 were to read £200,000 and not £250,000 as
detailed within the report.
Gwynne from Eurus Consulting was in attendance to present the report.
queried the financials detailed within the report. It was noted that there was
a financial risk of £150,000 to £250,000. Members were concerned whether this
would have an effect on the reserves within the upcoming budget if the monies
were not recovered within this financial year. Officers provided members with
assurance that the reserves would cover this risk comfortably.
shared concerns in relation to the governance arrangements with the additional
set up of panels. The Chief Executive reassured members that they would have an
opportunity to scrutinise and invite representatives of the Investment Panel as
well as consider their Terms of Reference.
queried the location on which Freeport’s would remain within the Portfolios going
forward for governance purposes. Officers advised that Freeport’s would be
within the Environment, Regeneration and Streetscene
Services portfolio for scrutiny going forward.
took place around business rate retention and exploring a community benefit
scheme in future. It was noted that officers hadn’t yet received guidance around
the expectations on what is required around the business case however, it was noted
that discussions had started to take place in establishing the business case to
ensure wider economic benefits. This would result in maximum benefit of jobs
and therefore requiring additional housing.
therefore queried the education within colleges to ensure the appropriate skills
are available to those within the Neath Port Talbot community in acquiring
these potential jobs. Officers ensured that conversations were taking place
with relevant officers and outside parties and updates on upskilling within
colleges would be provided to members in due course.
scrutiny, the recommendations (inclusive of officer’s technical amendment to Recommendation
(e)) were supported to Cabinet.
urgent items at the discretion of the Chairperson pursuant to Section 100BA(6)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).