Venue: Hybrid - Neuadd Cyngor Ceredigion, Penmorfa, Aberaeron / remotely via video conference
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.
Consideration was given to the Community Housing Scheme Proposal. It
was reported that Affordable Housing in Ceredigion was a key priority of the
Corporate Strategy, the Wellbeing Plan, the Housing Strategy and the Local
Development Plan and the Council deploys significant resources in creating and
managing affordable housing.
Members were requested to consider the Community Housing Scheme
Proposal. ‘Community Housing’ seeks to
support people to meet their affordable housing needs in their local
communities by creating a pathway to home ownership. The Council made a
commitment to support such a scheme in March 2022.
During discussions, it was suggested that Officers consider the
Following questions from the floor, it was AGREED to recommend that
Cabinet APPROVE the Community Housing Scheme, subject to consideration of the
(i) alternative options in relation to the Commuted sums secured under
section 106 agreements, this could include upfront commuted sum payment to help
support delivery of affordable housing in the County, and
(ii) including Councillor involvement in the Task and Finish Group
A Hybrid Working Strategy and Interim Hybrid
Policy was agreed in July 2022, to be trailed for 12 months. The strategy sets out the vision and
associated approaches that would be taken to ensure Ceredigion County Council
had a workforce with the skills and ability to be working in a way that was fit
for our organisation’s future, in workspaces that meet its needs.
The Interim Hybrid Working Policy had been
developed to provide detailed information around what hybrid working means for
the Council. It supports employees and their managers in implementing hybrid
working by providing practical advice and information, enabling employees to
work from the office or home effectively, productively
The Hybrid Working Strategy and Interim
Hybrid Working Policy were heavily influenced and informed by ongoing
engagement with staff and managers. Continued engagement had shown significant
support for developing the way staff work and how service were
delivered. Feedback has shown that staff were more productive and digital ways
of working had enhanced access to services for many customers.
As part of the trial, desk and meeting room
usage had been monitored and data collected had helped inform changes within
A short presentation of the type of data
being collected was presented. From the data, it’s also becoming clearer that
there would be significant opportunities to provide new public facing services
or accommodate other uses at Canolfan Rheidol in
Aberystwyth and Penmorfa and County Hall in
Aberaeron. There may be opportunities to rationalise and use other Council
properties in different ways as well.
As an example of the opportunities, the
Council and Hywel Dda had agreed that part of the
ground floor at Canolfan Rheidol be used to provide
physiotherapy outpatient services. This would be on a temporary basis whilst
the hybrid trial period continues, and the Council considers the best longer
term alternative use of space in its offices.
An engagement survey seeking views from the
public on the potential reuse of the buildings had recently ended. This along
with discussions with stakeholders would help inform options for the future use
of offices at the end of the trial.
It was AGREED to note the current position.
In reviewing these documents
a small Scale DPIA was prepared. The documents had been approved by Leadership
Group, and also circulated to relevant Trade Unions
for their views.
All the changes were presented to Members.
Following questions from the floor, it was AGREED to recommend to Cabinet to APPROVE:-
(i)the Code of Conduct of Local Government Employees;
(ii) the Declarations of Interest Form; and
(iii) the Declarations of Hospitality Form
It was agreed to confirm the minutes of the
meeting of the previous meeting as a true record.