Venue: Microsft Teams Meeting/ Hybrid Meeting in Council Chamber
Contact: Charlotte John 01639 673745
Chair welcomed the Committee.
Declarations of Interests
minutes of the previous meeting held on the 4th October 2022 be
Income Generation and Process to Date
– Andy Griffiths, Commercial Co-ordinator.
received a presentation from Officers with an update on progress of Income
Generation. The presentation included background on the role of the Commercial
Co-Ordinator and then an explanation of the progress on projects such as, the
Bus Shelter Partnership and Roundabout Sponsorship Scheme as well as savings
and efficiencies made. Officers highlighted upcoming events and how they would
have the potential to generate income, benefit communities and businesses as
well as how sponsorships have helped cover costs for other events. The
presentation also covered other projects and opportunities to generate income.
queried how the finances generated by the new bus shelters would be spent.
Officers clarified that the income would go back to the service area and be
included in the Bush Shelter budget.
were interested in finding out if opportunities had been explored to advertise
on Fabian Way and along the railway line. Officers informed members that
enquiries had been made regarding those that own land along Fabian way and the
roadside hoardings. It was noted that there were several companies keen on putting
digital screens into that area. Officers advised that they would consider
advertising along Fabian way through the Planning process. Officers also
explained that some trunk routes are not under local authorities and can come
under South Wales Trunk Road agency (SUTRA).
highlighted that they had spoken to counterparts in Swansea about the lamppost
banners on Fabian way going into Swansea. Swansea had approval from planning to
put flag banners on the central reservation going into Swansea. Officers will
be looking into the possibility of something similar on Fabian Way within Neath
and Port Talbot’s boundaries while considering planning implications.
were raised around the feasibility of advertising on the roundabouts and felt
it could be a potential eye sore.
took place around Income Generation and the potential for utilising statutory
services for generating income. It was noted that income generation of
statutory services had not been explored, however, they would consider this in
discussions around the award ceremonies, officers explained the structure of
the awards. It was noted that currently the sponsors purchase tables meaning
that the award winners and their families were not required to pay to attend
the event. This alleviates any money pressures as events of these kind can be
explained that the work done in Margam and the Gnoll
have been very lucrative, and support has been given to try get more staff in
to enable further pro-active work to try to get the advertising revenue in.
commended officers on their work within the projects and their efforts within
Income Generation during difficult times surrounding the Budget.
scrutiny, it was agreed that the presentation is for noting.
of Scrutiny received the draft budget proposals for 2023/24 allowing scrutiny
to feed into the Consultation process.
Chair of Scrutiny asked scrutiny members to provide any income generation
suggestions or saving opportunities for the Budget.
raised a question regarding Page 24 of the supplement budget stating that in
the provisional settlement of £7.1 million, they noted that £100,000 had been
put aside for updating digital services. Members wanted to know if there were
any guarantees that if the provisional assessment changes, that the £100,000
will still be protected.
advised that indications from the Welsh Government were that the final
settlement will not be lower than the provisional so therefore that should be
scrutiny, the report was noted and any comments raised were to be included
within the Budget Consultation.
The Forward Work Programme was noted.
urgent items (whether public or exempt) at the discretion of the Chairman
pursuant to Section 100B (4) (b) of the Local Government Act 1972
There were none.