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Councillors John Roberts and Chris James apologised
for their inability to attend the meeting.
Councillor Carl Worrall apologised for having to
leave the meeting early.
Disclosures of personal interest (including whipping declarations) Members are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct. In addition, Members must declare any prohibited party whip which the Member has been given in relation to the meeting as per the Local Government (Wales) Measure 2011.
There were no disclosures of
Personal and Prejudicial Interests (including whipping declarations) from
Councillor Keith Henson (Cabinet Member for
Highways and Environmental Services and Carbon Management) explained that the
purpose of the report was to provide information relating to the two
recommendations made to Cabinet on 5 September 2023 as noted below:
Recommendation 1: That Cabinet consider undertaking a review
of charging for parking along the Promenade in Aberystwyth.
Recommendation 2: That Cabinet consider offering 2 hours of
free parking between 8am and 10am on Monday to Friday in one car park in
Lampeter, Aberaeron and Cardigan.
Corporate Lead Officer, Highways and Environmental Services provided a
presentation to the Committee on Aberystwyth Promenade parking. The following
Members were provided with the opportunity
to ask questions which were answered by Officers present. The main points
raised were as follows:
were raised by the Elected Members of wards in Aberystwyth of the financial
impact that charging along the Promenade may have on businesses including
B&Bs and residents including the elderly and disabled who had no off-street
parking. Clarification was given that Blue Badge holders in vehicles granted a
tax-exemption, specifically by virtue of a disability, displaying their
blue badge may park for free in Ceredigion's Pay and Display car parks however,
all other Blue Badge holders were required to pay. Arrangements for Blue Badge
holders where on-street charging was introduced would be in keeping with
legislation and policy.
decision was made to charge for parking along the Promenade, Members felt that
resident parking would be key. A review of resident parking charges across
Wales was suggested to ensure the charges were fair. It was noted that a
resident parking permit would not warrant a guaranteed parking space as
on-street parking was provided on the public highway.
raised that many who parked along the Promenade during the day were people who
travelled to the town from outside to work. As it stood, residents who lived on
the Promenade had to go and search for spaces to park in nearby streets if
there were no spaces available; there were concerns that charging for parking
would reduce the number of free spaces nearby as people would try and search
for these spaces. In addition, given the climate change agenda, charging along
with the Promenade may encourage more to travel into town by public transport.
suggested that there was a need to review parking in Aberystwyth in its
entirety as the availability and adequacy of parking had decreased over the
years with new developments.
expressed that it would be vital that any additional costs to the service (e.g. installing payment machines/ signs) should be recovered
through the income generated. It was noted that signs to allow people to pay
online were widely used in other locations and would be better economically. If
only a section of the Promenade would be allocated to parking charges, there would
be less expense, but also less income.
· At present, there were difficulties parking on the Promenade ... view the full minutes text for item 3.
Consideration was given to the report
related to Food Centre Wales built by Ceredigion County Council at Horeb,
Llandysul, and opened in 1996, to provide technical support for the food
industry in Ceredigion as well as Mid and South-West Wales. Its location, being
accessible to rural, farming communities in Ceredigion, Carmarthenshire and
Pembrokeshire highlights one of its key objectives, which is to support farming
businesses that wished to diversify into added-value processing. Food Centre
Wales provides technical services to business start-ups, SMEs and national food
Food Centre Wales has formed a partnership
with another two food technology centres in Wales, located in Llangefni and
Cardiff to provide Wales-wide support for the food industry. An overview of the
current provision including a focus on the Helix project and the impact on the
economy was provided. Since 2016, the Food Centre Wales team has delivered good
results through the HELIX project against the targets set. It was noted that
the table included in the report did not reflect the full volume of support
provided as they were only able to include the first intervention provided to
businesses, although many returned a few times a year.
In terms of the future, Ceredigion County
Council purchased a further 5 acres of land adjacent to the current estate in
2019 at Horeb to facilitate future growth plans. Two projects were currently
being developed and assessed for inclusion in the Growth Deal programme for Mid
establishment of a Food Manufacturing Innovation Centre would bring
state-of-the-art, industrial-scale pilot facilities aimed at enabling the
growth of more mid-sized food manufacturing businesses in Mid Wales.
provision of grow-on food manufacturing facilities, building on the current
incubator units at Food Centre Wales.
These developments would further enhance the
provision of services for the agri-food sector in Ceredigion, which was key to
its economic well-being and would help to future-proof the facility and its
long-term relevance and viability. There were also exciting developments by
other projects in the Growing Mid Wales Growth Deal namely AberInnovation and
Tir Glas, which would complement Food Centre Wales. The Centre had been awarded
a 2-year extension of core budget, but there was no certainty following this.
Members were provided with the opportunity to
ask questions which were answered by the Officers present. The main points
raised were as follows:
noted that the Centre were able to support businesses from outside Wales
commercially, but only businesses from Wales were able to benefit from the
Helix project, which was the focus at present.
· Most businesses who accessed support were based in Mid and South-West Wales. Rachel’s Diary and other businesses that had received support early on in their journey continued to access support as they grew. As businesses expanded, there was greater demand for expertise rather than generic support. In addition, due to the current economic climate, businesses were exploring ways to reduce costs and rather than testing any changes in processes at their base, preferred to do so ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
It was agreed to
confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 31 July 2023.
It was agreed to
note the contents of the Forward Work Programme presented subject to the
on Ceredigion’s fleet (December 2023 if possible)