Agenda and minutes

Swansea Bay City Region Joint Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 5th July, 2022 2.00 pm

Venue: Multi-Location Meeting - Council Chamber, Port Talbot & Microsoft Teams. View directions

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Appointment of Chair and Vice-Chair

To appoint a Chair and Vice-Chair for the remainder of the municipal year of 2022/23.


RESOLVED: That the Committee appointed Councillor Rob James as the Chair of the Swansea Bay City Region Joint Scrutiny Committee for the remainder of the municipal year.


RESOLVED: That the Committee appointed Councillor Tim Bowen as the Vice-Chair of the Swansea Bay City Region Joint Scrutiny Committee for the remainder of the municipal year.


Chair's Announcements


There were none.


Declarations of Interest


There were none.


Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 352 KB

For Members to receive the Terms of Reference of the Swansea Bay City Region Joint Scrutiny Committee.

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Mike Shaw, Legal Advisor to the Scrutiny Committee, introduced the report and highlighted the deed of variation relating to the amendment of the Swansea Bay City Region Joint Scrutiny Committee’s and, in particular, the Scrutiny Committee’s Quorum.


In response to queries raised, it was confirmed that the quoracy number had been reduced from eight to six, but a Member from each authority was still required.


RESOLVED: That the Members agreed the report.



Swansea Bay City Deal Quarterly Reports / Highlight Report pdf icon PDF 575 KB

To scrutinise the reports discussed at the Swansea Bay City Region Joint Committee held on 23 June 2022.

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Jonathan Burnes, Programme Manager, introduced the report which outlined the Quarterly Monitoring Report for the Swansea Bay City Deal Portfolio. The Swansea Bay City Deal (SBCD) Highlight Report detailed the monthly progress made and activities planned for the SBCD Portfolio’s constituent programmes and projects.


It was agreed that the Programme Manager would circulate a document to the Scrutiny Committee Members stating the different acronyms used within the reports.


In response to queries raised by the Scrutiny Committee, it was confirmed that the risks would be reported to Committee going forward; however, the dashboard would only highlight any red risks and amber rising items.


The officers present at the meeting confirmed that the Homes as Power Stations project was still in its early stages, however a project manager had now been recruited. The procurement for the technology and the systems was ongoing, and jobs were to be created very shortly. Members expressed their interest in having a site visit.


In regards to jobs being created, it was confirmed that approximately 9700 jobs would be created across all the projects. Currently, it was expected that 1800 jobs would be created by the end of 2023, and 2500 additional jobs in 2024. Officers agreed to include a job breakdown within the monitoring dashboard going forward.


Members expressed concern for the big contractors taking on the projects, as opposed to local companies. It was suggested by Members that smaller Welsh construction companies should do a joint bid for one of the projects. The officers explained that individual contractors would need to bid on a lot of these projects to win, which was resource intensive, and unfortunately the size and scale of the jobs were often not suitable.


In response to queries regarding the budget, it was confirmed that inflation rates were increasing higher than planned; however, it was expected that the projects could still be delivered without additional funding. Fortunately, Swansea Arena was primarily built during the pandemic, and this came within budget.


Members queried how much funding was available from Welsh Government for years 10-15. It was confirmed that SBCD was expecting to receive approximately £2m per year. The Finance Manager agreed to circulate the headline figure breakdown document to all new Scrutiny Committee Members.



Joint Committee Provision of Documentation pdf icon PDF 301 KB

To scrutinise the report discussed at the Swansea Bay City Region Joint Committee held on 23 June 2022.


The Members considered a report which outlined the proposed future provision of documentation to the Joint Committee and Joint Scrutiny Committee. This included the proposal to reduce lengthy reports to a dashboard approach going forward.


The Chair thanked officers for the report, but explained that it would be more appropriate for the Scrutiny Committee to continue to receive the same level of information as previously, in addition to the introduction of a dashboard. He suggested meeting with officers to look at options that would suit the Joint Scrutiny Committee and to then propose these to the Joint Scrutiny Members for discussion at a further date.


Members of the Committee agreed to defer this item to a future meeting, in order to have all options made available to them, following discussing between the Chair and officers.  


Forward Work Programme 2022/23 pdf icon PDF 13 KB


The Committee agreed to have a separate session to develop the Forward Work Programme for 2022-2023.


Urgent Items

Any urgent items (whether public or exempt) at the discretion of the Chairperson pursuant to Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.


There were none.