Venue: Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, The Pavilions, Cambrian Park, Clydach Vale, Tonypandy, CF40 2XX
Contact: Sarah Daniel Scrutiny Support Officer
Apologies for Absence
To receive apologies for absence from Members/Officers.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors D Roberts, R Patel and M Rahman and Officer Kellie Beirne.
Declarations of Interest
To receive declarations of interest (if any) from Members/Officers.
To receive for approval the minutes of a meeting dated 24 June 2019.
RESOLVED: That the Minutes of a meeting of the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal Joint Scrutiny Committee dated 24 June 2019, be approved as a true and accurate record.
A Member reminded Officers to put together a picture profile of all Members of the Joint Scrutiny Committee and supporting Officers in time for the next meeting in January 2020. The Scrutiny Officer, BCBC, confirmed that this would be followed-up imminently.
The Project Development Officer – Transport presented a report, in order to provide Members with an update on the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal’s transport initiatives.
She confirmed that in February this year, the Regional Joint Cabinet agreed in principle, to support a Phase 1 Metro Plus Programme. This included 10 schemes (1 in each local authority), which included transport hubs, Park and Ride sites & bus priority corridors. The package is valued at around £50m with £15m from Welsh Government (WG), £15m from the City Deal Investment and Intervention Framework, and £20m from local authorities /Private Sector. A bid for Local Transport Fund was submitted for the first tranche of the WG funding last February and £3.5m from a £4.2m bid was awarded to Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council in May. The Project Development Officer – Transport added that Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council is acting as the lead authority for the Local Transport Fund.
On 12 September 2019, the Regional Joint Cabinet agreed further delegations to the Regional Transport Authority to make decisions in respect of the £15m City Deal contribution. It also agreed to delegations to the Programme Manager of City Deal in consultation with the Chairperson of the Regional Transport Authority, the local authority Transport Member and S151 Officer, to authorise spend on the individual approved projects. Of the 10 projects proposed, each were at different stages of delivery. Four were at design stage and will be ready for delivery within the next year, and the remainder were going through WelTAG Stages 1 & 3 (feasibility & outline design).
The Project Development Officer, added that the Programme offered opportunities to enhance resilience in town centres & high streets; better access to employment, health, education & leisure, links with the Wellbeing and Future Generation goals of prosperity & resilience, as well as further offering equality of access & community cohesion.
These schemes further gave scope to include latest technology advances in Low Emission Vehicle charging, energy generation & storage opportunities, to improve air quality & support clean growth. They also allowed for flexibility of delivering Electric Vehicle charging in response to predicted demand up to 2025, and passive provision up to 2030. Schemes are also considering ducting for digital.
To enable schemes to consider ‘additionality’, a Common Assessment Framework is being prepared to assess schemes against, to ensure that they include further opportunities around Active Travel, Skills development & training, Income Generation & Return on Investment, Digital Infrastructure and Electric Vehicle Infrastructure.
We have also been working with WG & Transport for Wales to prepare a Metro Enhancement Framework, which will be corridor based and potentially form the basis for a future Metro Phase, with such schemes being evidence based. The ‘additionality’ included in the Common Assessment Framework has also been incorporated into the Metro Enhancement Framework. A further report will be presented to the Regional Transport Authority in November 2019 with an update on this work, along with an update on all of the Low Emission Vehicle studies currently being carried out.
These included the following:-
The Chief Operating Officer – Cardiff Capital Region City Deal submitted a report, which provided Members with an update on the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal’s skills initiatives, as requested in Appendix A to the report.
He advised that on 17 December 2018, Regional Cabinet agreed to allocate £175k from the Wider Investment Fund, to deliver a one-year pilot of the Cardiff Capital Region Graduate Scheme, in partnership with the 4 universities in the Cardiff Capital Region.
He explained that the Industrial and Economic Growth Plan was approved by regional Cabinet on the 18th of February 2019. In conjunction with additional stakeholder engagement and strategic advisory services provided by the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts (Nesta), it set out means of optimising the impact of the other facets of the Skills for the Future programme, to achieve two mutually supportive objectives of boosting competitiveness and tackling inequalities to deliver sustainable and inclusive growth.
Core sets of recommendations from Nesta included:
· Seizing near-term opportunities to target ?specific areas of demand for skills.
· Investing in a more intelligent labour market in the longer-term.
Since launching in April 2019, the Cardiff Capital Region Graduate Scheme has engaged over 140 businesses, sifted over 300 applicants on behalf of employers and hosted numerous assessment centres. The scheme has also been supported by cohort events, he added.
Engagement is being undertaken with employers from the compound semi-conductor sector and its wider supply chain in addition to other priority sectors from the Industrial and Economic Growth Plan. The aim of this, was to explore potential for the creation of high-value jobs, training solutions that meet the needs of industry and pathways to identify how young people across the region can access any emerging opportunities.
The Chief Operating Officer continued, by stating that there was
a proposal for a Youth Regional Cabinet to be developed in partnership with youth forums and school engagement teams in the region, to allow young people to influence and shape City Deal investments. This was work in progress.
Training and work opportunities were also being explored, through the CCRCD Metro Plus scheme, which would assist in turn, to contributing towards well-being targets, digital and transport goals.
The City Deal was also supporting pupils from the region to attend a STEM event at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst on 27 September 2019, in order to inspire Years 7, 8 and 9 to consider the broad range of careers available in STEM employment.
The Chief Operating Officer concluded his submission, by advising that as outlined in the Resource and Restructure Report that Regional Cabinet approved on the 18th of February 2019, the City Deal office is developing capacity to convert such labour market information into labour market intelligence through PhD Data Scientists that will be sourced and match-funded from the KES studentship scheme. To this end, work was ongoing with Data Cymru to install data common and compatible to all Authorities that comprised the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal.
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(a) Cardiff Capital Region City Deal joint Cabinet minutes – 15th July 2019
(b) 2019-20 Annual Business Plan – Quarter 1 Performance Report.
The Scrutiny Officer BCBC, presented a report, the purpose of which was to inform the Cardiff Capital City Region Deal Joint Overview and Scrutiny Committee (CCRCD JOSC) of the Information Reports for noting which have been published since its last scheduled meeting.
Paragraph 3.1 of the report gave the titles of such Information Reports published since the last JOSC, which were namely the Minutes of the Cardiff Capital Region City Deal Regional Cabinet meeting dated 15 July 2019, and the report that went to the same meeting entitled 2019-20 Annual Business Plan – Quarter 1 Performance Report.
RECOMMENDATIONS: That the JOSC acknowledged the publication of the documents listed in the report.
The Scrutiny Officer presented a report, the purpose of which, was to:
Attached at Appendix A to the report, was the JOSC Forward Work Programme which the Joint Committee were asked to consider and determine an item(s) for the next scheduled meeting in January 2020.
Appendix B to the report included a Scrutiny Criteria form, which Members could use to propose further items for the FWP. The Joint Committee could then consider any such suggestions in order of priority, at a future meeting(s).
The report also included information with regards to training requirements, the location of future meetings (including their timings), financial implications (costs aligned with the future development of the Joint Scrutiny Committee) and certain legal implications.
Arising from discussions that ensued on this report, it was
RECOMMENDATIONS: Members agreed that at the next meeting in January they receive the following items for discussion:
Members were concerned that the meetings of the CCRCD were too few and the resources did not allow for sufficient member development sessions, informal meetings and networking opportunities.