Decisions

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Decisions published

02/07/2019 - Integrated Transport Unit Restructure ref: 5014    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Chief Officer Neighbourhoods, Planning, Public Protection

Decision published: 22/07/2019

Effective from: 02/07/2019

Decision:

Approval sought to commence formal consultation with staff and trade unions and subject to no significant issues raised during the formal consultation to seek approval to implement the restructure.

Lead officer: Rachel Jowitt


08/07/2019 - Closing a Section of Road for a Community Event: The Torfaen 10K (Mic Morris) Road Race 2019 - Various Roads ref: 5007    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Chief Officer Neighbourhoods, Planning, Public Protection

Decision published: 17/07/2019

Effective from: 08/07/2019

Decision:

Approval sought to temporarily close the various roads in the areas detailed within the report to hold the Torfaen 10K (Mic Morris) Road Race 2019

Wards affected: Abersychan; Blaenavon; Pontypool;

Lead officer: Rachel Jowitt


02/07/2019 - Proposed honorarium to cover additional tasks and responsibilities ref: 5006    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Chief Officer Neighbourhoods, Planning, Public Protection

Decision published: 17/07/2019

Effective from: 02/07/2019

Decision:

approval sought for a payment in relation to an honorarium for an Officer to recompense for the undertaking of additional activities and responsibilities

Lead officer: Rachel Jowitt


10/07/2019 - PROPOSED NEW LEASE – UNIT 12 HERITAGE COURT, GILCHRIST THOMAS INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, BLAENAVON ref: 5003    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Assistant Chief Executive (Resources)

Decision published: 15/07/2019

Effective from: 10/07/2019

Decision:

That the Corporate Asset Manager approve the grant of a new lease for the occupation of Unit 12 Heritage Court, Gilchrist Thomas Industrial Estate, Blaenavon at an annual rent of £5,000, as per the details contained within this report.

Wards affected: Fairwater;

Lead officer: Victor Mbvundula


10/07/2019 - WPD WAYLEAVE AGREEMENT – BLENHEIM ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL (& ADJACENT ACCESS ROAD), BLENHEIM ROAD, ST DIALS, CWMBRAN, TORFAEN ref: 5002    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Assistant Chief Executive (Resources)

Decision published: 15/07/2019

Effective from: 10/07/2019

Decision:

That the Corporate Asset Manager approves that Torfaen County Borough Council enters into an annual Wayleave agreement with Western Power Distribution for the installation of a single underground low voltage cable at Blenheim Road Primary School, Blenheim Road, St Dials, Cwmbran, on the terms contained in this report.

Wards affected: Fairwater;

Lead officer: Victor Mbvundula


10/07/2019 - DISPOSAL OF FREEHOLD TITLE - LAND ADJOINING 1 & 2 BRYNAVON, GARN ROAD, GARN-YR-ERW, BLAENAVON, TORFAEN ref: 5001    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Assistant Chief Executive (Resources)

Decision published: 15/07/2019

Effective from: 10/07/2019

Decision:

That the Corporate Asset Manager approves the transfer of the Council’s freehold title in respect of land adjoining 1 & 2 Brynavon, Garn Road, Garn-Yr-Erw, Blaenavon, to the current leasehold title owner on the provisionally agreed terms detailed in this report.

Wards affected: Blaenavon;

Lead officer: Victor Mbvundula


10/07/2019 - PARKING SPACES - CLIFTON SQUARE, GRIFFITHSTOWN, PONTYPOOL ref: 5000    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Assistant Chief Executive (Resources)

Decision published: 15/07/2019

Effective from: 10/07/2019

Decision:

That the Corporate Asset Manager approves the grant of Tenancies at Will in respect of four parking spaces located at Clifton Square, Griffithstown on the terms detailed in this report.

Wards affected: Panteg;

Lead officer: Victor Mbvundula


11/07/2019 - EXEMPTION FROM TENDERING UNDER CONTRACT STANDING ORDERS – CARE PROVISION AT TY CAE NANT EXTRA CARE SCHEME ref: 4999    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Chief Officer Social Care & Housing

Decision published: 11/07/2019

Effective from: 11/07/2019

Decision:

To inform the Chief Officer of the position of Ty Cae Nant with regards to the care contract with the current provider and to seek an extension to the current arrangements which will mean an exemption from contract standing orders for a fixed period of time.
The purpose of this exemption is to align the arrangements at Ty Cae Nant with the care provision arrangements at Ty George Landsbury Extra Care scheme to facilitate a coordinated approach to commissioning for Extra Care schemes in Torfaen.

Lead officer: Keith Rutherford


11/07/2019 - CREATION OF THE SCHOOLS MUTUAL ICT RENEWAL SCHEME ref: 4998    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Executive Member Decisions - Education

Made at meeting: 11/07/2019 - Executive Member Decisions - Education

Decision published: 11/07/2019

Effective from: 11/07/2019

Decision:

Approval for the creation of a mutual ICT renewal scheme managed by the local authority on behalf of participating schools and the management, administration and governance arrangements that will support the scheme.


09/07/2019 - Attendance / Presenoldeb ref: 4996    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/07/2019

Effective from: 09/07/2019


09/07/2019 - Future of Public Protection Services / Dyfodol Gwasanaethau Amddiffyn y Cyhoedd ref: 4994    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/07/2019

Effective from: 09/07/2019

Decision:

TITLE: Future of Public Protection Services

 

DECISION:

 

Cabinet approved:

 

1)            that the collaboration with Blaenau Gwent for the joint management of Public Protection Services will end on 31st November 2019; and

2)            the creation of an in-house leadership model for Public Protection services.

 

 

 

 

REASON FOR DECISION: As set out in the report.

 

CONSULTATION: As set out in the report.

 

MEMBERS’ INTERESTS: None declared.

 


09/07/2019 - Financial and Service Planning 2020/21 to 2023/24 / Cynllunio Ariannol a Gwasanaeth 2020/21 hyd at 2023/24 ref: 4990    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/07/2019

Effective from: 09/07/2019

Decision:

TITLE: Financial and Service Planning 2020/21 to 2023/24

 

DECISION:

 

      i.        The report was noted;

    ii.        The need for pace and urgency, particularly in respect of 2020/21 was recognized;

    iii.        The funding in relation to the ICT refresh was noted.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: As set out in the report.

 

CONSULTATION: As set out in the report.

 

MEMBERS’ INTERESTS: None declared.


09/07/2019 - Discretionary Rate Relief / Gostyngiad Trethi yn Ôl Disgresiwn ref: 4992    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/07/2019

Effective from: 09/07/2019

Decision:

TITLE: Discretionary Rate Relief

 

DECISION:

 

Cabinet approved that the changes outlined below and the Council’s discretionary rate relief policy is amended with effect from April 2020:

 

To review the scheme and make amendments where appropriate. Presently the scheme benefits all organisations that meet the criteria irrespective of their size. Organisations of an appropriate size would have the ability to properly incur any rates liability over the 80% it could be argued. At a national level there are a number of rate relief schemes affecting businesses up to a level of £50,000 rateable value.

 

It is suggested therefore that where the rateable value of the premises is £50,000 or more (excluding museums/schools) then there will be no entitlement to the 20% discretionary top for charities who benefit from 80% mandatory relief.  Similarly, not for profit organisations who qualify in this category will be limited to 80% discretion.

 

The exceptions to this change would be in respect of museums and schools that qualify based upon rateable value but do not have the power to charge so will remain unaffected and benefit from 20% top up or 100% not for profit discretion.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: As set out in the report.

 

CONSULTATION: As set out in the report.

 

MEMBERS’ INTERESTS:

 

Cllr Richard Clark declared that he was a council appointed trustee of Torfaen voluntary alliance

Cllr Daniels declared that he was a trustee of the Citizens Advice Bureau, Mount Pleasant Hall, Glenside Community Association and Pontrhydyrhyn Community Association.

Cllr Alan Jones declared that he was a trustee of Blaenavon Rugby Football Community Club

Cllr Cross declared that she was a Trustee of Torfaen Leisure Trust.

 

 


09/07/2019 - Fees and Charges and Income Strategy / Strategaeth Ffïoedd a Thaliadau ac Incwm ref: 4991    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/07/2019

Effective from: 09/07/2019

Decision:

TITLE: Fees and Charges and Income Strategy

 

DECISION:

 

i)              the proposals outlined below were approved:

 

The established increase to apply generally in 2018/19 was based upon CPI and it is proposed to do the same again for 2019/20. The CPI rate in April 2019 was 2.1% and it proposed that it is the rate for any general fees and charges increases in 2019/20, with effect from 1st August 2019. This will not apply to any specific budget proposals that have already been agreed.

 

The residual base budget income target is £59,000 and applying the rate in 5.1 will yield £22,300 in 2019/20 but in a full year £33,500. The fees and charges included are mainly within the Resources and Chief Executives service areas.

 

The remaining small shortfall in a base budget sense will be derived from other income not currently allocated within the budget deriving from the introduction of the employee benefits scheme.

 

ii)             Next steps towards a more strategic approach are noted:

 

The weaknesses identified in the early part of this report still need to be addressed. Indeed the continuing difficult public sector funding environment makes it more relevant. It will be important that as a Council we have an approach to income generation that:

 

o          Is both strategic and whole authority;

o          explores opportunities for generating extra revenue;

o          considers subsidisation and makes considered decisions on levels;

o          develops an approach appropriate for Torfaen in terms of ‘commercialisation’;

 

This will put the Cabinet in the position of making informed and strategic decisions.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: As set out in the report

 

CONSULTATION: As set out in the report

 

MEMEBERS’ INTERESTS: None declared.


09/07/2019 - Delivering the requirement of the Environmental (Wales) Act 2016 / Cyflenwi gpfynion Deddf yr Amgylchedd (Cymru) 2016 ref: 4993    For Determination

To approve the Council's Biodiversity and Ecosystem Resilience Plan, thus ensuring compliance with the Environment (Wales) Act 2016.


Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/07/2019

Effective from: 09/07/2019

Decision:

TITLE: Delivering the requirement of the Environmental (Wales) Act 2016

 

Cabinet agreed to approve the Torfaen Biodiversity and Ecosystem Resilience Plan (attached as Appendix 2 to the report.)

 

REASON FOR DECISION: As set out in the report.

 

CONSULTATION: As set out in the report.

 

MEMBERS’ INTERESTS: None declared.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: andrew osborne, Kerrie Smith


09/07/2019 - Low Cost Adaptations / Addasiadau Cost Isel ref: 4995    For Determination

To seek cabinet approval for the introduction of a policy for a “Low Cost Adaptations Grant , This purpose of this grant is to provide 100% financial assistance to for disabled applicants in respect of building work costing between £1,000 and £5,000. This enables a speedier response to lower cost work than through the traditional Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG) route.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 09/07/2019 - Cabinet

Decision published: 09/07/2019

Effective from: 09/07/2019

Decision:

TITLE: Low Cost Adaptations

 

DECISION:

 

Cabinet approved to update the “Low Cost Grant” policy for all adaptation work costing between £1,000 and £5,000.  This grant would be administered outside of the traditional DFG process.

 

REASON FOR DECISION: As set out in the report.

 

CONSULTATION: As set out in the report.

 

MEMBERS’ INTERESTS: Cllr Daniels declared a personal interest as he had an uncle who maybe eligible

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Joanne Newman


02/07/2019 - Creation of Graduate Digital Content Officer Position ref: 4989    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Assistant Chief Executive (Resources)

Decision published: 02/07/2019

Effective from: 02/07/2019

Decision:

This report proposes the creation of a new position within the Organisational Development Team to support the development of digital learning content and solutions. The post will be funded from within existing HR budget through the deletion of a vacant position

Lead officer: Nigel Aurelius


02/07/2019 - Honoraria Payments ref: 4988    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Assistant Chief Executive (Resources)

Decision published: 02/07/2019

Effective from: 02/07/2019

Decision:

To consult on the proposal to pay an honorarium to the Payroll Officer in recognition of the additional support and work undertaken during the period March 2019 to June 2019

Lead officer: Nigel Aurelius


01/07/2019 - Approval to Commence Consultation on Changes to the Public Protection Division Management Structure ref: 4987    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Chief Executive

Decision published: 02/07/2019

Effective from: 01/07/2019

Decision:

To seek approval to commence consultation with colleagues on the proposed future management structure as outlined in this report which continues the Securing the Future Strategy initiated by the Chief Officer in May 2018.

To seek approval to proceed to implementation should nothing substantial emerge through the consultation process.

Lead officer: Alison Ward CBE