Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Carmarthenshire
Minutes of the previous meeting, held on 1 March 2019, were agreed as an
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R.Stewart as Lead Member and M.James
as Lead Chief Executive attended for this item.
In addition J.Hendy (Auditor for
Pembrokeshire), Chis Moore (151 Officer), L.Rees-Jones
(Head of Administration and Law at Carmarthenshire) were also present.
Joint Scrutiny Committee noted the outcomes of the reviews which were included
in today’s papers.
were advised that the reviews undertaken had been accepted by the Joint Committee
and that the Programme Board had been commissioned to develop an action plan to
be considered at the next Joint Committee.
addition, it was noted that a new Managing Director post had been agreed and
the process to appoint had commenced.
Stewart referred to informal meetings held with the four constituent leaders
and chief executives and advised that Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
would be taking the opportunity to amend some of its projects in line with the
Flexibilities clause of the Joint Agreement.
Cllr Stewart expressed surprise at the report recently considered by
Neath Port Talbot Council and he confirmed that the Joint Committee had no wish
to frustrate the proposals of Neath Port Talbot Council. The Joint Committee had agreed a six month
deadline for Neath Port Talbot’s proposed changes to be considered by the Joint
relation to the current position, it was noted that the Swansea Waterfront
project was ongoing and that Yr Egin had been completed. UK and Welsh Government sign off of these two
projects was yet to be received but was believed to be imminent. In
relation to the Pembroke Dock project, the business case was progressing. The Neath Port Talbot HAPS (Homes as Power
Stations) pilot project was also up and running and other local authorities had
also started innovative housing projects.
Sign off of the projects had not held up progress.
then raised the following:-
Some Members expressed a view that Neath Port Talbot Council’s concerns
could be seen as cultural as similar concerns had been expressed around
regional working in relation to ERW (Education Regional Working). In this connection it was agreed that the
Chief Executive and Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council be invited to discuss
the committee’s concerns.
Members asked whether it was possible to move to a unified approach with
the Cardiff Metro? In relation to the inclusion of transport in
the Programme, it was noted that this had not been seen as appropriate at the
time as electrification of the railway was being considered.
Concern was expressed at the implications for the City Deal Programme
should Neath Port Talbot Council withdraw.
In relation to the withdrawal by one authority, it was noted that this
would result in further opportunities for the remaining partner
authorities. The Lead Chief Executive
advised that if Neath Port Talbot Council withdrew then four projects and £68m
would be available for redistribution.
It was hoped, however, that no authority would withdraw as all had a
responsibility to deliver for their communities.
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received, circulated at the meeting, a copy of Cllr Stewart’s response to the
Chairman’s letter of 15 February and dated 29 April, 2019.
was agreed that offices would chase responses to the correspondence from the
previous Joint Scrutiny Committee Chair to theChair
of the Joint Committee.
considered the Forward Work Programme, as contained in the circulated report,
and agreed that the meeting scheduled for 16 May be rescheduled to June and
that meetings be convened every two months thereafter.
relation to the next meeting, the items contained in Minute No 2 above be
placed on the agenda. In addition, it was agreed that the 151 Officer be
invited to the next meeting to give an overview of the risk register and the
financial arrangements of the City Deal. In addition it was agreed that the
Chair of the Economic Strategy Board be also invited.
was agreed that J.Hendy, the internal auditor for
Pembroke be invited to discuss how progress in delivering the recommendations
might be best assessed.
also asked that details of any events that relate to the City Deal be forwarded
to Members for information.
supported the introduction of webcasting meetings and asked that a report on
the logistics and costs of undertaking this at the various locations, be
submitted for consideration.