Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Hanbury Road, Pontypool, NP4 6YB
Contact: Rachel Beale
Senior Business Support Officer - Democratic Services
Welcome & Apologies / Croeso ac Ymddiheuriadau
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors
Huw Bevan, Stuart Evans, Gaynor James and Dave Thomas.
Declarations of Interest / Datganiadau o Fuddiant
2.1 There were no
Minutes 20/06/2018 / Cofnodion 20/06/2018 PDF 402 KB
The minutes of the meeting held on 20th June 2018 were
confirmed as an accurate record.
Action Sheet / Taflen Weithredu PDF 100 KB
Members noted the action sheet.
The British: Masterplan Approach / Y British: Dull y Cynllun Meistr PDF 817 KB
The Chair welcomed the Chair of the British Liaison Group, John
Cox, the Vice Chair, Lynda Clarkson and Leanne Newman, a Member of
the Group to the meeting.
Members asked the representatives from the British
Liaison Group (BLG) a number of questions and they gave the
- Having been given
sight of the questions in advance a meeting was held to discuss and
the replies were on behalf of the BLG.
- The BLG saw
consultation as a continual process.
- The BLG already had
an important role in relation to the cleaning and greening of the
site and had reduced the budget by £1million by targeting the
shafts and adits which were in more need of treatment than others
on the site.
- During the first
round of consultation there was too much emphasis on development
which the community had already objected to as inappropriate and
unaffordable, however during the recent consultation there was a
more realistic approach for the site which was due to the input of
- Since the Memorandum
of Understanding was introduced the Council had provided the BLG
with a few reports, however they had not received all the reports
which they had asked for. The BLG were still yet to be told the
precise terms of the agreement with Welsh Government which was
critical for the BLG to understand what the Welsh Government wanted
out of the project.
- The process had been
a learning curve for everyone and negotiations were never straight
forward. There had been times where the BLG felt the plan has been
veering off track however the BLG were able to approach the Leader
of the Council and the Chief Officer to express their concerns.
There had always been someone at the Council that the BLG were able
to go to and the communication between the two parties had resulted
in everyone looking at the site in the same way. The development on
site was the main sticking point and the money being spent, the BLG
had an end result and the money to complete the necessary
- Before the purchase
of the land by the Council the BLG had already worked out a plan
for the area which involved cleaning and greening, there was no
development included in their plan. When the BLG were asked whether
they agreed with the Councils plan to purchase the land they voted
at a public meeting with 54 votes to 1 that they supported the idea
of the Council purchasing the land, at that time there was no
mention of development being part of the deal and that was
something that occurred after their signatures had been given to
the agreement. Council officers had been thinking about development
on the site from an early stage and the BLG had been fighting the
idea. If after 20 years when there was a nature reserve and ponds
on site, a proposal for development could then be
consultant’s report presented a scheme which was
view the full minutes text for item 5.
Item for Next Meeting / Eitem ar gyfer y Cyfarfod Nesaf
The topic to be discussed at the next meeting would be the Review
of the current policy on the use of glyphosate.
The Chair asked the committee a number of questions in relation to
the next meeting.
response to the questions, the committee agreed to invite the
relevant Executive Member to meeting to justify the reason the
Council used glyphosate and to confirm whether the COSHH statements
were up to date. The Committee suggested inviting the
Council’s main subcontractor, the area manager from Keep
Wales Tidy and a representative from the Soil
Association. The Committee felt that
they would not benefit from a site visit on that particular
Date of Next Meeting 14/11/2018 / Dyddiad y Cyfarfod Nesaf 14/11/2018
The next meeting was scheduled to take place on Wednesday
14th November 2018.