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Agenda, decisions and minutes

Executive Board
Tuesday, 12th June, 2018 10.00 am

With effect from 1 April 2016 Agenda and Minutes will be available in both Welsh and English. Reports are working documents and produced in English only in accordance with Welsh Language Standard 41 of this Council’s Final Compliance Notice from the Welsh Language Commissioner.

Venue: Council Chamber, Guildhall

Contact: Jane Johnson  Committee Manager

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Items
No. Item

1.

Questions pdf icon PDF 12 KB

 

(a)          Public Questions/Statements

 

(b)          Members’ Questions

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Minutes:

Public Question

 

In accordance with Standing Order 10 of the Council’s Constitution, a member of the public submitted a question relating to the Wrexham Local Development Plan.

 

In the absence of the Lead Member for Organisation – Planning and Corporate Services, the Head of Environment and Planning responded to the question accordingly.

 

Members’ Question

 

In accordance with Standing Order 10 of the Council’s Constitution, a Member submitted a question relating to car parking charges.

 

The Lead Member for Place – Environment and Transport responded to the question accordingly.

2.

Apologies for Absence

Additional documents:

Minutes:

An apology for absence was submitted on behalf of Councillor David Kelly.

3.

Declarations of personal interests, if any

Members are reminded of their responsibility, under Paragraph 11 of the Members’ Code of Conduct, to declare the existence and nature of any personal interest in respect of any of the business to be transacted at this meeting

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members were reminded of their responsibility, under Paragraph 11 of the Members’ Code of Conduct, to declare any interests in relation to any of the business to be transacted at this Meeting.  The following declarations were made:

 

Agenda Item 6 – Response to Notice of Motion – Advice Services Review

Councillor Andrew Atkinson – Personal – Previously a Director of Wrexham Citizens Advice Bureau.  The Councillor remained in the meeting taking part in the discussion and voting thereon.

Councillor D J Griffiths – Personal – Childhood friend of CAB Manager.  The Councillor remained in the meeting taking part in the discussion and voting thereon.

Councillor Adrienne Jeorrett – Personal – Volunteer at Wrexham Citizens Advice Bureau.  The Councillor remained in the meeting taking part in the discussion thereon.

Councillors William Baldwin, David A Bithell, Brian Cameron, D J Griffiths, Adrienne Jeorrett, Gwenfair Jones, Paul Jones, Joan Lowe and Graham Rogers – Personal and Prejudicial – Member of Community Council.  The Councillors remained in the meeting and claimed an exemption under Paragraph 12(2) of the Members’ Code of Conduct taking part in the discussion and, in the case of Executive Board Members, voting thereon.

 

4.

Confirmation of Minutes pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To sign as a correct record the Minutes of the Meeting held on 8 May 2018

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED – That the Minutes of the Meeting held on 8 May 2018 be signed as a correct record.

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the Minutes of the Meeting held on 8 May 2018 be signed as a correct record.

5.

Allocation of Lead Member Responsibilities pdf icon PDF 116 KB

To note the report of the Leader of the Council

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED – That the following allocation of Lead Responsibilities to the Members of the Executive Board, as named in report MP/03/18 be approved with immediate effect:

 

Lead Member for Economy - Economic Development & Regeneration – Councillor Terry Evans

Lead Member for People - Education – Councillor Phil Wynn

Lead Member for People – Children’s Services – Councillor William Baldwin

Lead Member for People - Health and Adult Social Care – Councillor Joan Lowe

Lead Member for People – Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety – Councillor Hugh Jones

Lead Member for People - Youth Services and Anti-poverty – Councillor Andrew Atkinson

Lead Member for Place - Housing – Councillor David Griffiths

Lead Member for Place - Environment & Transport – Councillor David A Bithell

Lead Member for Organisation - Finance, Performance, Health & Safety and Governance – Councillor Mark Pritchard

Lead Member for Organisation - Planning and Corporate Services – Councillor David Kelly

 

Reason for decision

 

To provide information on Lead Members and their respective responsibilities appointed by the Leader of the Council for the remainder of the Municipal Year.

Minutes:

The Leader of the Council submitted a report (MP/03/18) to inform Executive Board of the Lead Members appointed in accordance with Article 7.06 of the Council’s Constitution and to provide details of each Lead Member’s area of responsibility.

 

In presenting the report, the Leader thanked his fellow Executive Board Members for their hard work undertaken during the past year and acknowledged the difficult decisions which had, and still needed to be, made.

 

A debate ensued, and the effectiveness of Executive Board was questioned by one Member who suggested there was an inequality of workload amongst Executive Board Members.  It was further requested that a performance monitoring report be issued.  In response, the Leader agreed to provide a report which would also include information on the effectiveness of opposition leaders, together with the Chairs and Vice Chairs of Scrutiny Committees, Licensing and Planning Committees.

 

RESOLVED – That the following allocation of Lead Responsibilities to the Members of the Executive Board, as named in report MP/03/18 be approved with immediate effect:

 

Lead Member for Economy - Economic Development & Regeneration – Councillor Terry Evans

Lead Member for People - Education – Councillor Phil Wynn

Lead Member for People – Children’s Services – Councillor William Baldwin

Lead Member for People - Health and Adult Social Care – Councillor Joan Lowe

Lead Member for People – Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety – Councillor Hugh Jones

Lead Member for People - Youth Services and Anti-poverty – Councillor Andrew Atkinson

Lead Member for Place - Housing – Councillor David Griffiths

Lead Member for Place - Environment & Transport – Councillor David A Bithell

Lead Member for Organisation - Finance, Performance, Health & Safety and Governance – Councillor Mark Pritchard

Lead Member for Organisation - Planning and Corporate Services – Councillor David Kelly

 

Reason for decision

 

To provide information on Lead Members and their respective responsibilities appointed by the Leader of the Council for the remainder of the Municipal Year.

6.

Response to Notice of Motion – Advice Services Review pdf icon PDF 92 KB

To consider the Notice of Motion referred by Council at its meeting of 23 May 2018

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

(i)         That a grant of £25,000 be paid to Wrexham CAB to enable the delivery of advice services.

 

(ii)        That Officers, in consultation with the relevant Lead Members, continue to engage with Wrexham CAB with a view to securing the long term viability of their advice services.

 

Reason for decisions

 

To enable the delivery of approximately 5000 interviews based on the average cost per interview.

Minutes:

(Members declarations of interest in relation to this item are set out in Minute 3 above)

 

The Lead Member for People – Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, and the Lead Member for Place – Housing submitted a joint report outlining a response relating to Wrexham Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB) and the notice of motion raised at full Council on 23 May 2018.

 

During the debate, the Lead Member gave assurances that the Council were fulfilling their legal responsibility in terms of advice services, and the figure of £25,000 was the amount the CAB had stated would enable them to carry out approximately 5000 interviews.  Adding to the comments he confirmed that he was committing to continuing to work with the CAB in order to assist them in finding meaningful ways of delivering the service.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(i)         That a grant of £25,000 be paid to Wrexham CAB to enable the delivery of advice services.

 

(ii)        That Officers, in consultation with the relevant Lead Members, continue to engage with Wrexham CAB with a view to securing the long term viability of their advice services.

 

Reason for decisions

 

To enable the delivery of approximately 5000 interviews based on the average cost per interview.

7.

Welsh Language Annual Monitoring Report 2017-18 pdf icon PDF 37 KB

To consider the report of the Lead Member for People – Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED - That the 2017/18 Welsh Language Annual Monitoring Report be approved.

 

Reasons for decision

 

(i)         To ensure that the Council carries out its duties with regard to the Welsh language as outlined in its Welsh Language Standards.

 

(ii)        To enable the Welsh Language Annual Monitoring Report for 2017/18 to be published on its website as required by the Language Commissioner in accordance with Standards 158, 164 and 170.

Minutes:

The Lead Member for People – Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety submitted a report (HCCS/34/18) seeking approval for the Council’s Welsh Language Annual Monitoring Report for 2017/18 prior to it being published on the Council’s website.

 

RESOLVED - That the 2017/18 Welsh Language Annual Monitoring Report be approved.

 

Reasons for decision

 

(i)         To ensure that the Council carries out its duties with regard to the Welsh language as outlined in its Welsh Language Standards.

 

(ii)        To enable the Welsh Language Annual Monitoring Report for 2017/18 to be published on its website as required by the Language Commissioner in accordance with Standards 158, 164 and 170.

8.

Wrexham County Borough Council Involvement Strategy pdf icon PDF 321 KB

To consider the report of the Lead Member for People – Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED - That the Wrexham County Borough Council Involvement Strategy be approved, and the vision and commitments made within it be endorsed.

 

Reason for decision

 

To support WCBC’s commitment to the vision within the Strategy: that all people have the information they need to influence the planning and delivery of services.  They are engaged and consulted with on decisions which affect them, and where possible we work together to design and deliver services.

Minutes:

The Lead Member for People – Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety submitted a report (HF/62/18) to approve the new Wrexham County Borough Council Involvement Strategy.

 

RESOLVED - That the Wrexham County Borough Council Involvement Strategy be approved, and the vision and commitments made within it be endorsed.

 

Reason for decision

 

To support WCBC’s commitment to the vision within the Strategy: that all people have the information they need to influence the planning and delivery of services.  They are engaged and consulted with on decisions which affect them, and where possible we work together to design and deliver services.

9.

Request for Delegated Powers / Authority for Head of Environment and Planning pdf icon PDF 174 KB

To consider the report of the Lead Member for People – Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED - That the Head of Environment and Planning be given the full range of delegated authority powers provided for under the Public Health (Wales) Act 2017.

 

Reason for decision

 

To ensure that Officers are properly authorised to carry out the duties and functions of the Council.

 

Minutes:

The Lead Member for People – Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety submitted a report (HEP/40/18) seeking approval for delegated powers/authority matters.

 

RESOLVED - That the Head of Environment and Planning be given the full range of delegated authority powers provided for under the Public Health (Wales) Act 2017.

 

Reason for decision

 

To ensure that Officers are properly authorised to carry out the duties and functions of the Council.

 

10.

Wrexham Community Safety Partnership, Elected Member Representative pdf icon PDF 36 KB

To consider the report of the Lead Member for People – Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED - That Councillor Hugh Jones, in his role as Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, be appointed as the Elected Member representative onto the Wrexham Community Safety Partnership.

 

Reason for decision

 

To enable an elected member to be part of the statutory community safety partnership, and ensure WCBC fulfils its requirements towards meeting the Crime and Disorder Act 1988.

Minutes:

The Lead Member for People – Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety submitted a report (LR/02/18) asking Members to agree to the appointment of Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety as the Elected Member representative onto the Wrexham Community Safety Partnership (CSP).

 

RESOLVED - That Councillor Hugh Jones, in his role as Lead Member for Communities, Partnerships, Public Protection and Community Safety, be appointed as the Elected Member representative onto the Wrexham Community Safety Partnership.

 

Reason for decision

 

To enable an elected member to be part of the statutory community safety partnership, and ensure WCBC fulfils its requirements towards meeting the Crime and Disorder Act 1988.

11.

Play Pledge and Play Sufficiency Partnership pdf icon PDF 124 KB

To consider the report of the Lead Member for People – Youth Services and Anti-poverty

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

(i)         That the Play Pledge for Wrexham be endorsed and the development of a Play Sufficiency Partnership that will work to identify barriers to children accessing time and space for play and provide oversight of the Play Sufficiency Action Plan be supported.

 

(ii)        That Heads of Department be supported to identify relevant officers to be involved in the partnership to ensure that knowledge, skills and resources are coordinated in support of play.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(i)         At a time of reducing investment in play provision, the Play Pledge would help to ensure that appropriate consideration is given to protecting and improving children’s time, space and permission for play within the public realm and other Local Authority run services. In doing so the agreement would enable the Local Authority to demonstrate its commitment to the Play Sufficiency Duty by establishing cross departmental and organisational support for children’s play at no additional cost to the authority.

 

(ii)        Whilst the Play Development Team will continue to provide the driving force, maintaining momentum and coordinating cross-departmental activities in support of children’s play, this approach will help ensure that the work of each relevant department/organisation is represented on the Play Sufficiency Partnership. This process would also formalise existing links between the Play Development Team and other departments/organisations and would enable new links to be formed with those partners not yet involved.

 

(iii)       The intention is that this partnership meets as regularly as capacity realistically allows to review progress against the play sufficiency action plans and discuss particular challenges associated with improving children’s opportunities for play (more frequent meetings may be required when completing the actual play sufficiency assessments). In between these times actions would be progressed via ongoing email and telephone communication between individuals, and by smaller working groups if necessary. An appropriate level chair should also be identified to ensure ongoing full council commitment to the Play Sufficiency Duty and reports made to the Public Service Board on progress made.

Minutes:

The Lead Member for People – Youth Services and Anti-Poverty submitted a report (HEd/13/18) seeking endorsement of the Wrexham Play Pledge and the subsequent development of a Play Sufficiency Partnership to oversee the Local Authority’s work in respect of the Play Sufficiency Duty.

 

The Lead Member presented the report and drew Members’ attention to the main points contained within it.  During discussions, the following points were raised:

 

·         Importance of focussing on the planning process to ensure consideration was given to providing safe places for children to play.  The Lead Member confirmed that he would be arranging a Workshop to highlight what role Planning Committee Members had in ensuring that the needs of children and young people were met.

·         Confirmation that the AONB had previously been involved in the play forum, and put significant emphasis on the provision of play.

·         Previously, Welsh Government had provided funding at the end of the financial year which enabled the Council to set up a small grants scheme so that communities could apply for funding for play projects.  It was noted that if the Council were to receive similar funding this year, a similar grant scheme would be created.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(i)         That the Play Pledge for Wrexham be endorsed and the development of a Play Sufficiency Partnership that will work to identify barriers to children accessing time and space for play and provide oversight of the Play Sufficiency Action Plan be supported.

 

(ii)        That Heads of Department be supported to identify relevant officers to be involved in the partnership to ensure that knowledge, skills and resources are coordinated in support of play.

 

Reasons for decisions

 

(i)         At a time of reducing investment in play provision, the Play Pledge would help to ensure that appropriate consideration is given to protecting and improving children’s time, space and permission for play within the public realm and other Local Authority run services. In doing so the agreement would enable the Local Authority to demonstrate its commitment to the Play Sufficiency Duty by establishing cross departmental and organisational support for children’s play at no additional cost to the authority.

 

(ii)        Whilst the Play Development Team will continue to provide the driving force, maintaining momentum and coordinating cross-departmental activities in support of children’s play, this approach will help ensure that the work of each relevant department/organisation is represented on the Play Sufficiency Partnership. This process would also formalise existing links between the Play Development Team and other departments/organisations and would enable new links to be formed with those partners not yet involved.

 

(iii)       The intention is that this partnership meets as regularly as capacity realistically allows to review progress against the play sufficiency action plans and discuss particular challenges associated with improving children’s opportunities for play (more frequent meetings may be required when completing the actual play sufficiency assessments). In between these times actions would be progressed via ongoing email and telephone communication between individuals, and by smaller working groups if necessary. An appropriate  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.

12.

Updated Tenant and Resident Association (TARA) Funding Recognition Criteria pdf icon PDF 54 KB

To consider the report of the Lead Member for Place - Housing

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

(i)         That the updated funding criteria for Tenant and Resident Associations be approved.

 

(ii)        That the current guidance for all active Tenant and Resident Associations be reviewed to ensure that Executive Board Members are confident that all active Tenant and Resident Associations are representative of the tenants.

 

(iii)       That a further report be brought back to Executive Board in 12 months time on the work undertaken to ensure the effectiveness of the criteria.

 

Reason for decision

 

To ensure that Tenant and Resident Associations across the County Borough continue to receive relevant support from the council following the closure of the Wrexham Tenants’ Federation.

Minutes:

The Lead Member for Place – Housing submitted a report (HHE/27/18) seeking approval for the adoption of the minor changes to the regulation of Tenant and Resident Associations (TARAs).

 

The Lead Member presented the report and a discussion ensued.  Clarification was sought in relation to the governance arrangements of independent TARAs and it was suggested that consideration should be given to reviewing the current governance of all active TARAs to ensure that Members are confident that they are representative of the tenants.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(i)         That the updated funding criteria for Tenant and Resident Associations be approved.

 

(ii)        That the current guidance for all active Tenant and Resident Associations be reviewed to ensure that Executive Board Members are confident that all active Tenant and Resident Associations are representative of the tenants.

 

(iii)       That a further report be brought back to Executive Board in 12 months time on the work undertaken to ensure the effectiveness of the criteria.

 

Reason for decision

 

To ensure that Tenant and Resident Associations across the County Borough continue to receive relevant support from the council following the closure of the Wrexham Tenants’ Federation.

13.

Presiding Chair

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Leader vacated the Chair, and the Vice-Chair, Councillor Hugh Jones, presided over the next items on the Agenda to enable the Leader to present Agenda Items 13 to 15 in his capacity as Lead Member for Organisation – Finance, Performance, Health and Safety and Governance.

 

(Councillor Hugh Jones in the Chair)

14.

Draft Local Planning Guidance Note 35: Great Crested Newt Mitigation Requirements - Johnstown Newt Site SAC and the Wider Countryside pdf icon PDF 34 KB

To consider the report of the Lead Member for Organisation – Planning and Corporate Services

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED - That Local Planning Guidance Note 35: Great Crested Newt Mitigation Requirements – Johnstown Newt Site SAC and the Wider Countryside as supplementary planning guidance be approved for use in the planning process.

 

Reason for decision

 

To enable the Council to meet the requirements of the Habitats Directive and to provide a standard framework for on-site and off-site mitigation requirements for developments affecting GCN in the Johnstown SAC area.

Minutes:

The Lead Member for Organisation – Planning and Corporate Services submitted a report (HEP/41/18) seeking approval for Local Planning Guidance Note 35: Great Crested Newt Mitigation Requirements – Johnstown Newt Site SAC and the Wider Countryside.

 

RESOLVED - That Local Planning Guidance Note 35: Great Crested Newt Mitigation Requirements – Johnstown Newt Site SAC and the Wider Countryside as supplementary planning guidance be approved for use in the planning process.

 

Reason for decision

 

To enable the Council to meet the requirements of the Habitats Directive and to provide a standard framework for on-site and off-site mitigation requirements for developments affecting GCN in the Johnstown SAC area.

15.

Appointment of Members to Committees, Sub-Committees, Panels and Working Groups pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To consider the report of the Lead Member for Organisation – Finance, Performance, Health & Safety and Governance

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

(i)         That the size and political balance (where appropriate) of the Statutory Groups set out in Appendix 1 to report HCCS/37/18 be approved, and the appointment of Members to those seats so as to give effect to the wishes of the Political Groups to which the seats are allocated be agreed.

 

(ii)        That the size and political balance (where appropriate) of the Executive Board Sub-Committees and Non-Statutory Groups set out in Appendix 2 to report HCCS/37/18 be approved, and the appointment of Members to those seats so as to give effect to the wishes of the Political Groups to which the seats are allocated be agreed.

 

(iii)       That this matter be dealt with as an urgent item of business in accordance with Standing Order 43(1) of the Council’s Standing Orders.

 

Reason for decisions

 

To agree the appointment of Members to the Statutory and Non-Statutory Groups established by the Executive Board. The reason for urgency is to allow these bodies to operate immediately.

Minutes:

The Lead Member for Organisation – Finance, Performance, Health and Safety and Governance submitted a report (HCCS/37/18) asking Members to consider the continuation and appointment of Members to the Statutory and Non-Statutory Groups which fall to be reconstituted by the Executive Board.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(i)         That the size and political balance (where appropriate) of the Statutory Groups be as set out below, and that in accordance with the wishes of the Political Groups the Members indicated be appointed thereto.

 

WREXHAM SACRE (5 Members)

 

Councillor Hugh Jones                                                    Councillor Phil Wynn

Councillor Beverley Parry-Jones                                  Vacant

Councillor Graham Rogers                                            

 

ROTA VISITS TO CHILDREN’S HOMES PANEL (6 Members)

 

Independent Group (2 seats)

Vacant                                                                                   Vacant

 

Labour Group (1 seat)

Councillor Adrienne Jeorrett

 

Conservative Group (1 seat)

Councillor Beverley Parry-Jones

 

Wrexham Independent Group (1 seat)

Councillor William Baldwin

 

Liberal Democrats (1 seat)

Councillor Robert Walsh

 

ROTA VISITS TO OLDER PEOPLE’S HOMES PANEL (6 Members)

 

Independent Group (2 seats)

Councillor David Maddocks                                            Vacant

 

Labour Group (1 seat)

Councillor Bryan Apsley

 

Conservative Group (1 seat)

Councillor Debbie Wallace

 

Wrexham Independent Group (1 seat)

Councillor Joan Lowe

 

Plaid Cymru Group (1 seat)

Councillor Gwenfair Jones

 

YJS MANAGEMENT BOARD

Lead Member with responsibility for Partnerships plus

 

Independent Group (1 seat)

Vacant

 

Labour Group (1 seat)

Councillor MC King OBE

 

Conservative Group (1 seat)

Councillor Paul Rogers

 

JOINT ADOPTION PANEL (FLINTSHIRE AND WREXHAM) (1 Member)

Councillor Beverley Parry-Jones

 

WREXHAM FOSTERING PANEL (1 Member)

Councillor Joan Lowe

 

(ii)        That the size and political balance (where appropriate) of the Executive Board Sub-Committees and Non-Statutory Groups be as set out below, and that in accordance with the wishes of the Political Groups the Members indicated be appointed thereto.

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD SUB-COMMITTEE (CORPORATE TRUSTS) (5 Executive Members)

 

Councillor David A Bithell

Councillor DJ Griffiths

Councillor Hugh Jones

Councillor Mark Pritchard

Councillor Phil Wynn

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD SUB-COMMITTEE (SCRAP METAL DEALERS ACT 2013)

(3 Executive Members plus 1 reserve)

 

Councillor Andrew Atkinson

Councillor David A Bithell

Councillor David Kelly

Councillor Joan Lowe (Reserve)

 

JOINT CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE (TEACHING UNIONS) (10 Members)

 

Independent Group (3 seats)

Councillor David Kelly                                                      Vacant

Councillor Phil Wynn

 

Labour Group (2 seats)

Councillor Brian Cameron                                               Councillor Paul Jones

 

Conservative Group (2 seats)

Councillor Russell Gilmartin                                           Vacant

 

Wrexham Independent Group (1 seat) Councillor John Pritchard

 

Liberal Democrats (1 seat)

Councillor Robert Walsh

 

None Aligned (1 seat)

Vacant

 

JOINT CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE (NON-TEACHING UNIONS) (7 Members)

 

Independent Group (2 seats)

Councillor David Kelly                                                      Councillor Phil Wynn

 

Labour Group (2 seats)

Councillor Brian Cameron                                               Councillor Paul Jones

 

Conservative Group (1 seat)

Councillor Beverley Parry-Jones

 

Wrexham Independent Group (1 seat)

Councillor William Baldwin

 

None Aligned (1 seat)

Councillor Mike Davies

 

DEMOCRACY AND REFORMING LOCAL GOVERNMENT IN WALES WORKING GROUP

 

Independent Group (4 seats)

Councillor Terry Evans                                                    Councillor D J Griffiths

Councillor David Kelly                                                      Councillor Mark Pritchard

 

Labour Group (3 seats)

Councillor Dana Davies                                                   Councillor Kevin Hughes

Councillor MC King OBE

 

Conservative Group (2 seats)

Councillor Hugh Jones                                            Councillor Beverley Parry-Jones

 

Wrexham Independent Group (2 seats)

Councillor David A Bithell                                                Councillor Joan Lowe

 

Plaid Cymru (1  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.

16.

Forward Work Programme pdf icon PDF 54 KB

To consider the report of the Lead Member for Organisation – Finance, Performance, Health & Safety and Governance

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED - That the Forward Work Programme be approved.

 

Reason for decision

 

To approve the current list of items included in the Forward Work Programme.

Minutes:

The Lead Member for Organisation – Finance, Performance, Health and Safety and Governance submitted a report (HCCS/38/18) asking Members to approve the current list of items included in the Forward Work Programme for the period July 2018 to October 2018.

 

The Lead Member reminded Members of the importance of ensuring that items were added to the Forward Work Programme at the earliest opportunity.

 

RESOLVED - That the Forward Work Programme be approved.

 

Reason for decision

 

To approve the current list of items included in the Forward Work Programme.

 

(Councillor Mark Pritchard in the Chair)

17.

Exclusion of Press and Public

In considering whether to exclude the press and public from the next part of the meeting, Members are asked to consider the following factors when determining the public interest test.

 

Item 18: The Proper Officer has determined in considering this report that paragraphs 14 and 15 should apply. Her view on the public interest test was that while she was mindful of the need to ensure the transparency and accountability of public authorities for decisions taken by them in relation to the spending of public money, the right of a third party to the privacy of their financial/ business affairs outweighed the need for that information to be made public. She was satisfied that in this case disclosure of the information would prejudice the discussion in relation to labour relations to the disadvantage of the authority and inhabitants of its area. This information is not affected by any other statutory provision which requires the information to be publicly registered. On that basis she felt that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

It is therefore recommended that the press and public be excluded from the Meeting during consideration of the following item as it is likely that, if they were present, there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 14 and 15 of Part 4 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the press and public be excluded from the Meeting during consideration of the following item of business as it is likely that, if they were present, there would be disclosure to them of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 14 and 15 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended).

18.

Education Update

To consider the report of the Lead Member for People - Education

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

(i)         That formal consultation with staff and key stakeholders in line with the Councils Organisational Design Toolkit be undertaken.

 

(ii)        That following the consultation process, a further report be brought back to Executive Board.

 

(iii)       That this matter be dealt with as an urgent item of business in accordance with Standing Order 43 (1) of the Council’s Standing Orders.

 

Reason for decisions

 

To begin consultation immediately so that the options can be fully explored and staff and learners are engaged in the process as soon as possible.

Minutes:

The Lead Member for People – Education submitted a report (HEd/12/18) to seek approval from the Board to carry out a consultation exercise.

 

RESOLVED –

 

(i)         That formal consultation with staff and key stakeholders in line with the Councils Organisational Design Toolkit be undertaken.

 

(ii)        That following the consultation process, a further report be brought back to Executive Board.

 

(iii)       That this matter be dealt with as an urgent item of business in accordance with Standing Order 43 (1) of the Council’s Standing Orders.

 

Reason for decisions

 

To begin consultation immediately so that the options can be fully explored and staff and learners are engaged in the process as soon as possible.