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Councillor Paul Penlington (Lead Signatory for Business Item 4) was unable to attend due to work commitments to present his request to call in the Cabinet decision, although he did join the meeting towards the end of the discussion on the business item.
Members to declare any personal or prejudicial interests in any business identified to be considered at this meeting.
The following members declared a personal interest in agenda item 4 Review of Cabinet Decision relating to 21st Century Schools Programme Band B Proposals –
Councillor Meirick Davies – School Governor Ysgol Cefn Meiriadog
Councillor Huw Hilditch-Roberts – Parent Ysgol Brynhyfryd / School Governor Ysgol Pen Barras
Councillor Hugh Irving – School Governor Prestatyn High School
Councillor Merfyn Parry – School Governor Ysgol Bryn Clwyd and Ysgol Gellifor
Councillor Arwel Roberts – School Governor Ysgol y Castell
Co-opted Member Neil Roberts – School Governor Ysgol y Parc
Councillor Peter Scott – School Governor St. Asaph VP Infants School
Councillor Glenn Swingler – School Governor Ysgol Pendref
Councillor Graham Timms – Ysgol Dinas Bran
Councillor Emrys Wynne – School Governor Ysgol Brynhyfryd & Ysgol Borthyn
URGENT MATTERS AS AGREED BY THE CHAIR
Notice of items which, in the opinion of the Chair, should be considered at the meeting as a matter of urgency pursuant to Section 100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972.
The Chair informed the Committee that a second call-in request of a Cabinet decision had been received following the publication of agenda and papers for the current meeting. With a view to expediting the second call-in request within the timescale set out in the Council’s Call-In Procedure Rules he had agreed for the matter to be discussed at the current meeting as an urgent item of business.
Consequently, supplementary papers relating to the request and the Cabinet’s decision of the 22nd September 2020 to dispose of land adjacent to Ysgol Pendref, Denbigh had been published on 1st October 2020 and would be considered under business item 5 at the current meeting.
To consider a report by the Scrutiny Co-ordinator (copy attached) which seeks the Committee, based on the written and verbal information provided, to review the Cabinet’s decision of 22 September 2020.
Vote taken: 10 in favour, 0 against, 0 abstentions
Resolved: that detailed information be provided to all county councillors by early 2021 on the 21st Century Schools programme, to include –
(i) background to the funding and the prioritisation process followed to determine which schools merited benefiting from investment and when;
(ii) details of the investment already made in the county’s schools and the current position; and
(iii) a clear outline of future plans, subject to the availability of Welsh Government and Council funding, to make Denbighshire County Council schools fit for the 21st Century
Following the Committee agreeing the above resolution the signatories to the call-in request indicated their agreement that the request to review the Cabinet decision should no longer proceed.
To consider a report by the Scrutiny Co-ordinator (copy attached) which seeks the Committee, based on written and verbal information provided, to review the Cabinet’s decision of 22 September 2020.
Vote taken: 7 in favour, 0 against, 0 abstentions
Resolved: to uphold the decision and to recommend to Cabinet that it -
(i) revisit the decision in light of the vision for future social and affordable housing as set out in the draft new national development framework ‘Future Wales – the National Plan 2040’;
(ii) therefore delay the decision in relation to this particular site for 12 months until the new national development framework is agreed;
(iii) consider options to make the land more attractive to social landlords and smaller developers by breaking it up into smaller parcels/plots; and
(iv) does not create an oversupply of large unaffordable homes in Denbigh which do not meet the local need