Agenda and minutes

Public Services Board Overview & Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 8th February, 2018 3.00 pm

Venue: Chamber, Civic Centre, Hanbury Road, Pontypool. NP4 6YB

Contact: Dominique Redman  Senior Business Support Officer - Democratic Services

No. Item


Welcome & Apologies / Croeso ac Ymddiheuriadau


1.1         There were no apologies for absence.



Declarations of Interest / Datganiadau o Fuddiant


2.1       The SCI&SO stated that he wasn’t aware of any interests that members should declare, however, he advised members that if they were aware of any interests that might occur during discussions, members should declare them at that point.


2.2       During discussions relating to Agenda Item 5, Public Service Board Draft Well-Being Plan for Torfaen, Councillor Ashley declared a personal interest as he is a Member of Friends of the Earth.



Minutes / Cofnodion pdf icon PDF 458 KB


3.1       The minutes were confirmed as an accurate record of the meeting.


Action Sheet / Taflen Weithredu pdf icon PDF 101 KB


4.1       Members noted the content of the action sheet.


Public Services Board Draft Well-Being Plan for Torfaen / Cynllun Lles Drafft y Bwrdd Gwasanaethau Cyhoeddus i Dorfaen pdf icon PDF 25 KB

Additional documents:


5.1       The Head of Public Services Support Unit (HoPSSU) highlighted the added detail to the main body of the plan, the added detail to the tables for the seven objectives and areas for activity to deliver the plan and the content of the appendices.  He invited members to provide comments and recommendations to PSB partnerships on the areas highlighted.


5.2       Further to questions by members of the Committee, in summary, the following main points were made:


            Consultation Process


·         50 responses had been received during consultation of the Draft Plan.  This was in addition to the responses received last summer when the PSB consulted on the Well-Being assessment;

·         The majority of those that responded had commented in agreement of the Draft Plan.  Suggestions had also been made around the detailed planning;

·         The detail of Appendix 4 would be shared with the Leads of the each of the 7 Objective Groups; and

·         Contact details had been retained for the stakeholders that had expressed an interest in terms of shaping and developing actions to progress.




·         Partners were committed to taking forward any identified opportunities as quickly as possible;

·         A £3m refurbishment of New Inn Fire Station was due to be undertaken and partners had been invited to share these new facilities;

·         Shared services and combined use of data was working well within Gwent Police, particularly in terms of community safety.  Partners were co-located at Pontypool Police station and meetings were held every Wednesday morning to discuss any issues around community safety;

·         There would need to be consideration around sharing of information and whether it was appropriate for Elected Members and other organisations to attend the weekly meetings with partnerships concerning community safety;

·         The Police, Fire Service and Ambulance Service heavily cross referenced their data which assisted with processes in terms of tackling common issues in the community, for example, anti-social behaviour; and

·         A project was being undertaken by The Chief Fire Officer around identification of the most vulnerable people in the community through various data.  These people could then be targeted in a preventative and proactive way.




Affordable Housing


·         It had been recognised that affordable housing is an important part of well-being.  Registered Social Landlords were active partners and several actions, under objectives four and five in particular, had been included within the collaboration tables;

·         It was recognised that preventative work was an important factor in terms of affordable housing; and

·         The Police were interested in this common key issue, particularly in terms of homelessness.


Objective 1 – Develop a functional, connected network of natural areas that support the current and future well-being needs of local populations


·         Although fly-tipping was regulated and enforced, consideration needed to be given around ways that partners could work together to establish why this was happening in the first place;

·         A high percentage of deliberate fires in Torfaen were linked to refuse.  Consideration needed to be given around fees for disposal of waste against the associated costs with fly-tipping and deliberate fires;

·         The Cleaner Communities  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.