Venue: The Council Chamber, County Hall, The Rhadyr, Usk, NP15 1GA with remote attendance
Declarations of Interest
Public Open Forum
Pre-decision Scrutiny - To scrutinise the Monmouthshire Economy, Employment and Skills Strategy and action plan in setting the economic ambition for the county PDF 328 KB
Cabinet Member Paul Griffiths introduced the report. Hannah
Jones and James Woodcock delivered a presentation and answered the
members’ questions with Councillor Griffiths and Mark
Key questions from members:
is the figure of 6,240 jobs arrived at? Does this really address
Monmouthshire’s needs i.e. internal jobs to cut
does this strategy link in with our needs? E.g., with an ageing
demographic, there will be more need for the care sector –
are we going to have housing for key workers? How does this relate
to a previous CYP report that said work was being geared to the
- Regarding Enterprise, would it be helpful to add something about
apprenticeships with local schools?
- Regarding Tourism, what is the evidence of the need for
- Concerning Public Procurement, one problem with EU regulations
was local people not necessarily being hired for council contracts.
Has that improved after Brexit and can
we boost the work that Monmouthshire does?
- Other authorities have looked at whether key worker housing, if
it can’t be filled by people from those particular occupations, could be used for other
eligible people – has that been considered?
note a correction: the report mentions Wales’s last remaining
lave net fishermen practising the tradition in Caldicot but, in
fact, because of NRW rules they aren’t allowed to fish at
- What is the commuting data in and out of Severnside? Does it constitute a lot of the overall
movement in/out of the county?
- There is a need for a link road off the M48 to alleviate
congestion on the B4245 – what effect does congestion and
traffic have on the local economy?
is the Local Transport Policy not sitting in the section entitled
‘Strategic Context’? Is the lack of transport stifling
economic opportunities e.g. are the poor public transport
connections in Monmouth a challenge to businesses that want to
expand into the county?
and learning opportunities: why is no mention given to one of the
biggest access barriers for youngsters looking to attain higher
education qualifications, which is the frustration of physically
accessing colleges due to the lack of transport
is there no mention of requesting a better deal under Cardiff
Capital Region, or that we are no longer part of the scheme to join
up rail and bus services across the region?
Kingsgate Active Travel route on P70 should not be hailed as best
practice for prioritising active travel as there is still no safe
walkable route into town from Kingswood Gate, with the final phase
not planned to be built till 2024, and is still subject to funding
– ACTION: Provide the committee with an update on the
Active Travel plans for a walkable route into Monmouth town from
King’s Wood Gate houses
will the Action Plan have a positive influence on the Welsh
Language Standards as stated in the impact
- 6000 jobs and 38 hectares of employment land – which comes
first, jobs or ...
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Community Improvement Team - To scrutinise the team's operations and organisation PDF 29 KB
Catrin Maby and Nigel Leaworthy introduced the report. Nigel
Leaworthy answered the members’ questions.
Key questions from members:
- P228, 3.13: ‘newly formed Caldicot and Magor town
teams’ – the Caldicot town team isn’t newly
formed. So does this refer to the same
team or a different one?
you clarify about the funding from precept?
‘New Town Team’ will cause a lot of confusion –
can that be renamed?
heavily does the team rely on volunteers, and what expectations are
there between groups?
man-hours of volunteers recorded, and therefore a record of what
costs would be without them?
much of the work is reactive vs proactive?
the group responsible for cutting back residential hedges, or is
that a different team?
- Presumably, street sweeping has a certain schedule, rather than
you coordinate any of the reactive work in sweeping leaves at the
same time as dealing with blocked drains?
- Hedges can affect highways, if not cut by private landowners
– have we ever charged someone if they haven’t followed
an enforcement notice?
many sweepers were there before and how many are there
- There is a good liaison between the community and town teams in
Abergavenny which has improved the situation. The issue of dog mess
and littering remains disappointing but
it is difficult to keep on top of that with a limited
- Would the Monmouth Town Council service level agreement override
the standard level agreement?
- There are many emails from residents who aren’t happy with
Nature Isn’t Neat and would like public areas to be tidier.
What are we looking at to control weeds?
you not allowed to borrow back for a few days per month the road
sweeper that was transferred to Highways?
discontinuation of glyphosates is welcome but residents at top of
Sandy Lane have raised concerns about the state of pavements and
gullies – it would be useful to have feedback about the state
of play with alternative methods of weed removal
report mentions town teams getting to grips with potholes –
can we have more information?
- Something more joined up is needed regarding litter in Caldicot,
especially when there are big events.
Thank you to the officers and teams for their hard work ensuring
cleanliness in our communities, which is vital and has a hugely
positive impact on communities. Thank you to the Cabinet Member for
attending and we look forward to the discussion in the new year
Place Scrutiny Committee Forward Work Programme PDF 473 KB
Councillor Strong noted that in light
of the prostate motion at full council, changing places and
MDML needs to be looked at on 14th March with the Toilet
strategy. Councillor Strong also asked if new ways to progress
refurbishment of Caldicot Leisure Centre could be considered
charging and Climate & Nature Emergency Strategy need to be
deferred from 11th January. The items need to be
scrutinised before final Cabinet sign-off on 10th April.
Members do not wish to hold a meeting on the same day as full
council. Officers to arrange a date that meets all the requirements
and notify members subsequently – ACTION
Councillor Brown requested clarity about the Cabinet date for
the Strategic Equality Plan: the SEP will go to People scrutiny on
6th February but was on the planner for cabinet on
18th January – it has been since updated to
Cabinet and Council Work Planner. PDF 429 KB
To confirm the following Place Scrutiny Committee Minutes:
Ordinary Meeting dated 28th September 2023 PDF 317 KB
Special Meeting dated 23rd October 2023 PDF 275 KB
23rd October: Councillor Brown requested an amendment
be made to clarify the comment about the Welsh Parliament document,
which was mixed up with a comment about the children’s
commissioner – ACTION
Next Meeting: Thursday 11th January 2024 at 10.00am
FWP discussion above – officers to confirm cancellation once
a new date for the items is set.