AGENDA

1. OPENING PRAYER

2. Apologies for absence

3. declarations of personal interestS

4. personal matters and chair’s announcements

5. council MINUTES – 8TH june 2011

6. appointment of independent members of the standards committee

The Council was informed that three independent members of the Council’s Standards Committee will be retiring this year. The current chairman, Mr Jeff Lewis, the vice chair, Mrs Julie James and Mr John French were all originally appointed back in 2001 and have now served the maximum period allowed by the relevant Welsh Government regulations.

In accordance with Council procedures and the regulations, an appointments panel was convened to consider applications for the positions and to make recommendations to the County Council on the preferred candidates. Eight candidates were intereviewed and the Panel recommended that Mr Christopher Arnold Downward, Mr Meurig Andre Morgan and Mr Alun Williams be appointed. Council was requested to approve the appointments recommended by the Panel.

Reference was made to the fact that the Standards Committee would be losing three experienced members at the same time and officers were asked whether it would be possible to stagger the appointment terms of independent members thereby retaining some of the expertise. The Head of Administration and Law explained that the three new members will shadow the retiring members at the next meeting of the Standards Committee in September. Officers will also look into the possibility of staggering appointments.

Gratitude was expressed to the retiring members of the Standards Committee and it was agreed that a letter of appreciation should be sent on behalf of the Council to these members thanking them for their contribution over the past ten years.

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED that Mr Christopher Arnold Downward, Mr Meurig Andre Morgan and Mr Alun Williams be appointed as independent members of the Council’s Standards Committeee for a period of 6 years, from 6th December, 2011 to 5th December, 2017.

7. COMPOSITION OF THE COUNCIL’S SCRUTINY, REGULATORY AND OTHER COMMITTEES AND THE APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS TO SERVE UPON THEM – REVIEW FOLLOWING THE ELECTION OF COUNCILLOR MANSEL CHARLES IN THE LLANEGWAD ELECTORAL DIVISION

The Council was advised that following the election of Councillor Mansel Charles in the Llanegwad electoral ward and receiving notification that he wished to join the Plaid Cymru political group of members, the Council was required in accordance with the requirements of the constitution and the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 and the Local Government (Committees and Political Groups) Regulations 1990, as amended, to review the composition of its committees and the appointment of members to serve on its committees and to allocate those seats so that they reflect the overall political composition of the council.

Following the review, it was recommended:-

(1) to adopt the revised composition of Scrutiny, Regulations and other Committees as referred to within Tables 2 and 3 in the detailed report;

(2) to adopt the following nominations received from the Leader of the Plaid Cymru Group of members for appointment to the committees specified:-

- Regeneration and Leisure Scrutiny Committee – Councillor M. Charles

- Housing Scrutiny Committee – Councillor M.B. Hughes

- Member Appointments Committee – Councillor P. Hughes Griffiths

(3) to approve the Leader of the Independent Group’s request that Councillor S.P. Dunn be replaced by Councillor S.R. James as one of the group’s two permanent substitutes on the Planning Committee;

(4) to appprove the Leader of the Plaid Cymru Group’s request that Councillor W.J. Lemon replace Councillor J.S. Williams as a full member of the Planning Committee and that Councillor J.S. Williams replace Councillor W.J. Lemon as one of the group’s two permanent substitutes on the Committee.

Officers were asked who decides on the size of Scrutiny Committees and why they differ in size. The Head of Administration and Law explained that the size of these committees is a matter for the County Council and is dependent upon a number of factors including the inclusion of co-opted members. He added that it would be difficult to secure political balance across the Council if the same number of members sat on all the Scrutiny Committees.

RESOLVED that, in order to satisfy the requirements of the Council’s Constitution and the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 and the Local Government (Committees and Political Groups) Regulations 1990, amended, the above-mentioned recommendations be adopted.

8. EXECUTIVE BOARD RECOMMENDATION – ANNUAL REPORT OF THE STATUTORY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL SERVICES ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SOCIAL CARE SERVICES IN CARMARTHENSHIRE 2010/11

9. EXECUTIVE BOARD – 6th june 2011

10. EXECUTIVE BOARD – 20th june 2011

11. regeneration and leisure scrutiny committee – 23rd may 2011

12. policy and resources scrutiny committee – 23rd may 2011

13. Housing scrutiny committee – 27TH may 2011

14. social justice, crime and disorder scrutiny committee – 1st june 2011

15. environment scrutiny committee – 10th june 2011

Concern was expressed over an article which appeared in the press last week indicating a list of roads which the National Assembly had refused to repair. The Director of Technical Services explained that this article was not a formal announcement by National Assembly but was based on a lobby group’s view of what is happening in Wales. He added that as the new Minister will be reviewing all schemes in Wales the Executive Board had decided to write to him, following consultation with all Town and Community Councils.

With regard to the proposed meeting with Network Rail (minute no. 8 refers) officers were asked for an update on the proposed improvements to Llanelli train station. The Director of Technical Services explained that the meeting would cover a range of issues including future plans for bridges, crossings etc. He added that the Authority is committed to improving Llanelli station, however, this involved the preparation of a business case which was a lengthy process.

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED that the report of the above meeting be received.

16. health and social care scrutiny committee – 13th june, 2011

With regard to the Annual Report of the Statutory Director of Social Services on the Effectiveness of Social Care Services in Carmarthenshire in 2010/11 (minute no. 3 refers), concern was expressed that the Cwm Aur facility is being held up as a good example when the facility is half empty ten months after opening, with no respite provision. The Director of Social Care, Health and Housing confirmed that the care home is not full to capacity at the moment but explained that it takes time for new facilities like this to settle. He added that there are plans for a luncheon club to be held at this facility

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED that the report of the above meeting be received.

17. education and children’s services scrutiny committee – 16th june 2011

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED that the report of the above meeting be received.

18. planning committee – 26th may 2011

19. planning committee - 7th june 2011

20. planning COMMITTEE – 23rd june 2011

21. retirement

Reference was made to the impending retirement of Mr Lyn Thomas, the Authority’s Head of Administration and Law. Members paid tribute to Mr Thomas’ long service and dedication and wished him a long and happy retirement.

The Head of Administration thanked members for their kind wishes.




PRESENT:

Councillor I. J. Jackson (Chair)

 

Councillors:

     

S.M. Allen

J.G. Edwards

Mrs. E. A. Jones

K.D. Rees

S.M. Caiach

H.A.L. Evans

G.O. Jones

D.W.H. Richards

J.M. Charles

Ms. L. Evans

I.G. Jones

H.C. Scourfield

A.P. Cooper

M. H. Evans

J. E. Jones

H.B. Shepardson

J.D.G. Crossley

W.J.W. Evans

Mrs. P. E. M. Jones

Mrs L.M. Stephens

A. Davies

W. T. Evans

T.J. Jones

T. Theophilus

D.B. Davies

Mrs. M. Gravell

W.J. Lemon

D. Thomas

D.M. Davies

W.G. Hopkins

P. H. Lewis

Mrs S. E. Thomas

J.J J. Davies

M.B. Hughes

D.J.R. Llewellyn

W. David Thomas

M.L. Davies

P. Hughes Griffiths

D.A. Lloyd

W. Dorrien Thomas

T. Davies

P.M. Hughes

S. J. Lloyd-Janes

Mrs J. Tremlett

W.K. Davies

S.R. James

K. Madge

J.E. Williams

W.R.A. Davies

D.M. Jenkins

D. H. Morgan

Mrs. J. S. Williams

Mrs T. Devichand

A.W. Jones

Mrs P.A. Palmer

P.M. Williams

E. Dole

C.M. Jones

    R.T. Price

G.H. Wooldridge

S.P. Dunn

     

The following officers were also in attendance:-

Mr M. James - Chief Executive

Mr D. Gilbert – Director of Regeneration

Mr B. McLernon – Director of Social Care, Health and Housing

Mr R. Workman – Director of Technical Services

Mr R. Sully – Director - Department for Education and Children

Mr L. Thomas – Head of Administration and Law

Mr C. Moore – Head of Financial Services

Ms. D. Williams – Press Manager

Mrs M. Evans Thomas – Democratic Services Officer

(Council Chamber, County Hall, Carmarthen – 10.00 a.m. – 12.20 p.m.)

1. OPENING PRAYER

2. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

3. DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL INTERESTS

    Councillor

      Minute Reference

      Nature of Interest

    M.H. Evans

8 – Annual Report of the Statutory Director of Social Services

Father is a resident in Tegfan Nursing Home. Daughter is a carer in Manor Road Centre. Sister is a carer in Glanmarlais Nursing Home.

    W.J. Lemon

9 – Executive Board Minutes – 6th June 2011 (Minute No 8 – Llanelly House)

Member of Llanelli Town Council.

    K.D. Rees

9 – Executive Board Minutes – 6th June 2011 (Minute No. 8 – Llanelly House)

Member of Llanelli Town Council and the Llanelli House Committee.

4. PERSONAL MATTERS AND CHAIR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

● The Chair offered his congratulations to Councillor Gwyn Hopkins on being re-appointed Vice-Chairman of the Dyfed Powys Police Authority;

● The Chair offered his congratulations to the staff of Carmarthenshire Direct who continue to be accredited to the Customer Service Excellent Standard. The assessor was particularly impressed with the continuing improvements in the quality of service provided to their customers;

● The Chair offered his congratulations to Eirlys Myfanwy Davies, who is well known locally as a member of the Parcwilws Family, on winning the vocal solo 21 and over at the recent Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod.

5. COUNCIL MINUTES – 8TH JUNE 2011

6. APPOINTMENT OF INDEPENDENT MEMBERS OF THE STANDARDS COMMITTEE

7. COMPOSITION OF THE COUNCIL’S SCRUTINY, REGULATORY AND OTHER COMMITTEES AND THE APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS TO SERVE UPON THEM – REVIEW FOLLOWING THE ELECTION OF COUNCILLOR MANSEL CHARLES IN THE LLANEGWAD ELECTORAL DIVISION

8. EXECUTIVE BOARD RECOMMENDATION – ANNUAL REPORT OF THE STATUTORY DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL SERVICES ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF SOCIAL CARE SERVICES IN CARMARTHENSHIRE 2010/11

9. EXECUTIVE BOARD – 6TH JUNE 2011

10. EXECUTIVE BOARD – 20TH JUNE 2011

11. REGENERATION AND LEISURE SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – 23RD MAY 2011

12. POLICY AND RESOURCES SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – 23RD MAY 2011

13. HOUSING SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – 27TH MAY 2011

14. SOCIAL JUSTICE, CRIME AND DISORDER SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – 1ST JUNE 2011

15. ENVIRONMENT SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – 10TH JUNE 2011

16. HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – 13TH JUNE, 2011

17. EDUCATION AND CHILDREN’S SERVICES SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – 16TH JUNE 2011

18. PLANNING COMMITTEE – 26TH MAY 2011

19. PLANNING COMMITTEE - 7TH JUNE 2011

20. PLANNING COMMITTEE – 23RD JUNE 2011

21. RETIREMENT




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