The new Conservative-led Vale of Glamorgan Council cabinet meets for the first time today to initiate the policies it will be implementing over the next 5 years.
The council is due to meet at 14:00 this afternoon at the Civic Offices in Holton Road Barry and includes the following members:-
- Chairman – Councillor J. Thomas (Leader & Performance and Resources)
- Councillor H. Jarvie (Regulatory and Legal Services)
- Councillor B. Penrose (Learning and Culture)
- Councillor J. Bird (Regeneration and Planning)
- Councillor A. Parker (Housing and Building Services)
- Councillor G. Kemp (Social Care, Health and Leisure)
- Councillor G. Cox (Neighbourhood Services and Transport)
The previous Labour administration had come in for criticism for refusing to stream live tv coverage of its cabinet meetings on the internet – so that council-tax payers could actually follow the proceedings on their computers/ iPhones etc . In 2013 the council chamber, where the cabinet meets, had been refurbished and equipped with all the necessary equipment to do so at a cost of over £250,000.
Cabinet meetings are always open to members of the public to attend – but so far the new Conservative administration has yet to announce whether it will televise its cabinet meetings. It was the policy of the Conservative-led UK Government elected in 2010 to enforce greater public transparency of all councils across the UK.
Today’s business includes the consideration of reports by the Glamorgan Heritage Coast Advisory Group , the “Cabinet Annual Strategic Forward Work Programme: June 2017 to April 2018” and “Cabinet Quarterly Work Programme: June 2017 to July 2017”.
The cabinet will also be appointing councillors to serve on a number of outside bodies and joint committees. Included amongst these the selection of someone to serve in the potentially hot-seat of the Vale Council’s representative of the board of trustees of Penarth Arts and Crafts Ltd – the struggling “not-for-profit” company/ charity which holds the 125 year lease on Penarth Pier Pavilion. The previous incumbent – former Labour councillor Gwyn Roberts – quit in February and there hasn’t been a Vale Council representative on the board since.
Other reports to be considered in today’s meeting are a report on so-called “Active Travel” [i.e. walking or cycling] in the main conurbations of the Vale including Penarth, the Education Asset Renewal Building Programme 2017/18, the sale of land “Surplus to Requirements” at St Illtyd Primary School, Llantwit Major.