AGENDA

1. OPENING PRAYER

2. APOLOGIES

3. DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL INTERESTS

4. PERSONAL MATTERS and chair’s announcements

5. council minutes – 7th december 2011

6. presentation – dyfed powys police force – budget and finances

7. executive board recommendation - 21st century school programme – programme of projects 2011

8. executive board – 28th November 2011

9. executive board – 12th december 2011

10. policy and resources scrutiny committee - 16th november 2011

11. education and childrens services scrutiny committee – 23rd november 2011

12. housing scrutiny committee scrutiny committee – 2nd december 2011

13. regeneration and leisure scrutiny committee scrutiny committee – 5th december 2011

14. social justice, crime and disorder scrutiny committee – 6th december 2011

15. environment scrutiny committee – 13th december 2011

16. health and social care scrutiny committee – 14th december 2011

17. appeals committee – 24th november 2011

18. appeals committee – 9th december 2011

19. licensing committee – 24th november 2011

20. planning committee – 22nd november 2011

21. planning committee – 8th december 2011

22. standards committee – 9th december 2011




COUNTY COUNCIL

11TH JANUARY 2012

PRESENT:

Councillor I.J. Jackson (Chair)

Councillors:

     

S.M. Allen

E. Dole

Ms. E.A. Jones

D.W.H. Richards

Ms. M.P. Binney

J.G. Edwards

G.O. Jones

H.C. Scourfield

M.J.P. Burns

Mrs H.A.L. Evans

I.G. Jones

A.D.T. Speake

S.M. Caiach

L.D. Evans

J.E. Jones

Mrs. L.M. Stephens

J.M. Charles

W.J.W. Evans

Mrs P.E.M. Jones

T. Theophilus

A.P. Cooper

W.T. Evans

T.J. Jones

D. Thomas

A. Davies

Mrs. M. Gravell

W.J. Lemon

G. Thomas

D.B. Davies

W.G. Hopkins

P.H. Lewis

Mrs S.E. Thomas

D.J. Davies

F. Hughes

D.J.R. Llewellyn

W. David Thomas

D.M. Davies

M.B. Hughes

D.A. Lloyd

W. Dorrien Thomas

D.R. Davies

P. Hughes Griffiths

S.J. Lloyd-Janes

Mrs. J. Tremlett

J.J.J. Davies

S.R. James

K. Madge

J.E. Williams

M.L. Davies

D.M. Jenkins

D.H. Morgan

J.S. Williams

T. Davies

J.P. Jenkins

Mrs. P.A. Palmer

P.M. Williams

W.R.A. Davies

A.W. Jones

R.T. Price

G.H. Wooldridge

T. Devichand

C.M. Jones

K.D. Rees

 

Also Present:

Mr. M. James - Chief Executive

Mr. D Gilbert - Director of Regeneration & Leisure

Mr. R. Jones – Director of Resources

Mr. B McLernon - Director of Social care Health & Housing

Mr. R. Workman - Director of Technical Services

Mr. R. Sully - Director of Education and Children’s Services

Mr. C. Burns – Assistant Chief Executive (Customer Focus and Policy)

Mr. R. Edgecombe – Acting Legal Services Manager

Mr K. Thomas – Democratic Services Manager

(Council Chamber, County Hall, Carmarthen – 10.00 a.m. – 12:32 p.m.)

1. OPENING PRAYER

2. APOLOGIES

3. DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL INTERESTS

4. PERSONAL MATTERS AND CHAIR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

5. COUNCIL MINUTES – 7TH DECEMBER 2011

6. PRESENTATION – DYFED POWYS POLICE FORCE – BUDGET AND FINANCES

The Chair welcomed to the meeting Mr Ian Arundale, Chief Constable of the Dyfed Powys Police Force, who had been invited to make a presentation to the Council on the Force’s budget and finances.

Mr Arundale outlined to the Council the funding difficulties being faced by the Force arising from a 20% cut in government grant over a 4 year period. That loss of grant, coupled with other factors, required him to identify savings of 14m from the force’s 100m budget. To address that reduction, and to maintain the budget at the 20% cut limit, he would be requesting the Police Authority to approve a 5% increase in the police precept for 2012/13, which would equate to a 9.45 increase for a Band D property within Carmarthenshire. He stated that recent polls confirmed that most of the public were prepared to pay extra for police coverage with some 64% supporting an increase of 30 pence per week and 78% supporting a 5% increase of 18 pence per week.

Mr Arundale proceeded to outline the impact of the reduced budget on policing within the County and to how the force had responded thereto, together with future efficiency savings, its impact on policing levels within the County and the force’s ability to respond to incidents, whilst still providing a high performing service that was currently the best in Wales. Those measures included the closure of some police stations and the provision of an alternative presence, use of shared facilities, joint collaboration with the County Council on the provision of I.T and Financial Services, redundancy of non police personnel, compulsory retirement of police officers after 30 years service, merging of support departments etc. Future national proposals that impacted on the budget included the possible loss of the helicopter support service and its replacement by regional air support services, the disbandment of Police Authorities and their replacement with Police Commissioners and Panels, the introduction of the National Crime Agency, potential for force attendance at further civil unrest within the U.K and attendance at major events such as the Olympics and Paralymics.

Members of the Council were afforded the opportunity of asking questions on the presentation. A consensus was reached that the current cuts in government grant would impact upon policing within the County and that the Council should accordingly write to the Home Secretary, in the strongest possible terms, expressing its concern at those cuts

UNANIMOUSLY RESOLVED, that the Council write, in the strongest possible terms to the Home Secretary expressing its deep concern at the cuts in government grant to the Dyfed Powys Police Force and the impact that was having on policing within the County.

The Chair thanked the Chief Constable for attending the meeting.

7. EXECUTIVE BOARD RECOMMENDATION - 21ST CENTURY SCHOOL PROGRAMME – PROGRAMME OF PROJECTS 2011

8. EXECUTIVE BOARD – 28TH NOVEMBER 2011

9. EXECUTIVE BOARD – 12TH DECEMBER 2011

10. POLICY AND RESOURCES SCRUTINY COMMITTEE - 16TH NOVEMBER 2011

11. EDUCATION AND CHILDRENS SERVICES SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – 23RD NOVEMBER 2011

12. HOUSING SCRUTINY COMMITTEE SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – 2ND DECEMBER 2011

13. REGENERATION AND LEISURE SCRUTINY COMMITTEE SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – 5TH DECEMBER 2011

14. SOCIAL JUSTICE, CRIME AND DISORDER SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – 6TH DECEMBER 2011

15. ENVIRONMENT SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – 13TH DECEMBER 2011

16. HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE SCRUTINY COMMITTEE – 14TH DECEMBER 2011

17. APPEALS COMMITTEE – 24TH NOVEMBER 2011

18. APPEALS COMMITTEE – 9TH DECEMBER 2011

19. LICENSING COMMITTEE – 24TH NOVEMBER 2011

20. PLANNING COMMITTEE – 22ND NOVEMBER 2011

21. PLANNING COMMITTEE – 8TH DECEMBER 2011

22. STANDARDS COMMITTEE – 9TH DECEMBER 2011




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