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the absence of the Chair and Vice-Chair, it was agreed that Cllr Henton chair
Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting.
was confirmed that the committee would be scrutinising Cabinet Board Agenda
Items 7, 8 and 9.
Declarations of Interest
of interest were received from:
M Crowley Item 7 (Cabinet Board),
Caddick Item 7(Cabinet Board),
S. Hunt Item 8 (Cabinet
Board), Personal, Non-Prejudicial
S. Harris Item
8 (Cabinet Board), Personal, Non-Prejudicial
select appropriate items from the Cabinet Board agenda for Pre-Decision Scrutiny
(Cabinet Board reports included for Scrutiny Members)
Band C Schools
confirmed that the report outlines and recommends the next tranche of schools
that require significant capital investment. There is no requirement to consult
at this stage. The report hopes to secure outline investment from the Welsh
Government Capital Funding Programme. However, it was noted that if this is
approved, an outline business case will need to be presented to Welsh
Government to for each proposal, in order to secure funding.
asked if officers could provide clarity on the criteria for the selection of
schools and what weighting is given to certain aspects i.e. pupil numbers,
welsh language etc. in order for members to be informed of the process.
confirmed that the Welsh Government Capital Programme is aimed at reducing
building maintenance backlog over a period of time. Officers outlined how the
Education and Environment directorates work together to identify schools which
may present challenging future business continuity issues and how they are
prioritised. There is no specific priority given to Welsh medium schools.
However, Welsh language has been taken into consideration in the recently
approved WESP and if this is to be delivered successfully it will require
significant capital funding to deliver its ambitions.
queried if officers anticipate any impact on funding discussion with Welsh
Government regarding the possibility of delays or decision on using current
Welsh Government funds for the new school, pool and additional learning needs
unit in the Swansea Valley?
confirmed that the amount of money currently secured for reinvestment in the
Swansea Valleys £22.5million, and that money is secured for a specific project.
If the project does not go ahead, then the money can’t be drawn down. There is
a general concern in terms of the cost of construction and the general ability
for the local authority to fund in terms of its budget position. It was noted
that it is likely that Welsh Government may consider funding fewer schemes, due
to the increased construction costs. Officers advised that schemes going
forward would need to have a strong economic argument in order to have the best
possible chance of securing funding.
specifically raised concerns in relation to the number of additional learning
needs for Llangatwg School and if the number of places is sufficient for future
planning? Concerns were also raised about the outline proposals to demolish the
1929 built part of the school and the possible loss of the swimming pool, which
is used by the community.
confirmed that there are additional learning needs places in several of the
proposals. Further, that there will be a report on this item when considering
next year’s budget. In relation to the specifics of any proposals, the relevant
communities will be consulted and consideration will be given as to how to best
deliver the proposals within the community. There are no firm proposals for
development at this time.
scrutiny, Members were supportive of the recommendation to be considered by
Cefn Coed Options Appraisal
noted this item for information.
urgent items (whether public or exempt) at the discretion of the Chairperson
pursuant to Section 100B (4) (b) of the Local Government Act 1972.
were no urgent items.