Agenda a Chofnodion

Lleoliad: Siambr y Cyngor, Y Pafiliynau, Parc Hen Lofa'r Cambrian, Cwm Clydach, Tonypandy CF40 2XX

Cyswllt: Sarah Handy 

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In the absence of the Chair, County Borough Councillor M Powell, the Vice Chair, County Borough Councillor G Thomas took the meeting.




An apology was received from County Borough Councillors S Rees-Owen and M Powell (Chair).



Derbyn datganiadau o fuddiannau personol gan Aelodau, yn unol â gofynion y Cod Ymddygiad.




1.    Mae gofyn i Aelodau ddatgan rhif a phwnc yr agendwm mae eu buddiant yn ymwneud ag ef a mynegi natur y buddiant personol hwnnw; a

2.   Lle bo Aelodau'n ymneilltuo o'r cyfarfod o ganlyniad i ddatgelu buddiant sy'n rhagfarnu, rhaid iddyn nhw roi gwybod i'r Cadeirydd pan fyddan nhw'n gadael.



In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct, there were no declarations made pertaining to the agenda.



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Derbyn cofnodion o gyfarfod blaenorol y Pwyllgor Craffu – Cyllid a Chyflawniad a gafodd ei gynnal ar 4 Chwefror 2021.



It was RESOLVED to approve the minutes of the XXXX as an accurate reflection of the meeting.



Dolenni Ymgynghori

Gwybodaeth mewn perthynas ag ymgynghoriadau perthnasol i'w hystyried gan y Pwyllgor.



The Chair referenced the consultation links, which were available through the ‘RCT Scrutiny’ website. Members were reminded that information is provided in respect of relevant consultations for consideration by the Committee, which are circulated on a monthly basis.



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Derbyn cyflwyniad gan y Cyfarwyddwr Gwasanaeth – Digidol a TGCh yn rhoi trosolwg i'r Aelodau o rôl digideiddio wrth gefnogi trawsnewid yn ystod Covid.



The Service Director - Digital & ICT introduced the power point presentation to members on the role of digitalisation in supporting transformation during Covid.


He highlighted the following areas for Members in the presentation:


  • Background & Context


The Service Director Digital & ICT described the focus of the service area which has been to respond to the recent unprecedented events, the Pandemic and Storm Dennis flooding through the delivery of digital service to the communities of RCT. Staff within the service have delivered well to ensure the best services as possible during a difficult time.


The Service Director alluded to the Digital Strategy 2017/20 which Members had previously endorsed had set the foundations to enable the rapid response. A willingness to embrace new ways of working and adopt new opportunities has transformed how the council delivers digital for the future.


  • Supporting Officers, Schools & Members


The Service Director Digital & ICT stressed that the key focus of the service has been to ensure the ongoing support and to enable service continuity and recovery. Technology was deployed in a short period of time to enable staff to work from home, to make this new solution a more sustainable and resilient one through tools such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom, transitioning staff to laptops and equipping them with monitors and other equipment. This included the completion of the new data centre in the Rhondda Fach.


The Service Director advised that the Hwb Schools Transformation has also been supported, refreshing the school’s infrastructure and delivering new platforms, with all being completed by May 2021. Supporting digitally excluded learners has also delivered approximately 5,500 devices.


  • Supporting Citizens


Digital has been supporting the local communities to enable residents to access a range of support packages and digital processes such as the establishment of the Community Resilience Centres, providing tablets to the elderly and children’s homes to help maintain contact and supporting service recovery such as the Library click and collect service.


  • Regional Collaborative Working


The Service Director acknowledged the alignment within Cwm Taf Morgannwg and in some instances the wider close working relationship with Powys Council which have enabled an effective support to key services such as Track, Trace and Protect and mass testing and vaccination programmes through the deployment of digital infrastructure. The Council’s Contact Centre has remained at the heart of providing guidance and support to residents and remain at the forefront of the vaccination programme and bookings across Cwm Taf Morgannwg.


The Service Director advised that the Service Area has successfully bid for a digital transformation grant from Welsh Government.



  • Digital – The Next Steps


The Service Director advised that a new Digital Strategy for 2021 would be brought before the Finance & Performance Committee in due course.


The Service Director invited general questions from the Committee.


A large number of positive comments were made by Members in respect of the support provided to Elected Members by the Council’s ICT & Digital Service, specifically the support in relation to the roll out of virtual meetings. Committee  ...  view the full Cofnodion text for item 43.


Diweddariad – Strategaeth Dwristiaeth

Derbyn adroddiad diweddaru gan Gyfarwyddwr Materion Ffyniant a Datblygu mewn perthynas â Strategaeth Dwristiaeth y cyngor.



The Director of Prosperity & Development provided a verbal update on the status of the draft Tourism Strategy for Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT) in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and since the last report to committee in December 2020.


The Director advised that due to Covid-19 restrictions, the consultation process has been delayed but assured Members that at the earliest convenience the consultation would commence. The Director outlined some of the key projects which have been developed such as the RCT Tourism Hub, established for any group or organisation invested in the visitor economy in RCT to sign up to, free of charge, to receive updates on training, guidance, opportunities for funding, best practice approaches and will provide an opportunity for all involved to share views and communicate. A Strategic Steering Group is being set up with the key players from the tourism industry such as Zip World, Penderyn Whiskey Distillery, Edwards Coaches to use their expertise and knowledge and to get feedback from the visitors to RCT to be able to identify the successes and those areas requiring further development.


The Director advised that consultants are currently running a ‘bed stock’ survey amongst the 65 major accommodation providers, the results of which will be shared with the scrutiny committee in the future. There has been an increase in the numbers of planning applications for a range of accommodation developments such as glamping which demonstrates the buy in to the tourism strategy. Further to other queries the Director confirmed that further information around the detail of the accommodation would be provided to committee at a future date.


The Director of Prosperity & Development was pleased to announce that Zip World Tower is ready to open as soon as Welsh Government announce that it is safe to do so. He also referred to Dare Valley Country Park where work on the Gravity Family Bike Park is nearing completion and the new look Caféis completed. In conclusion, committee was advised that the marketing of RCT as a destination and when the time is appropriate a whole raft of marketing material will be ready to publish and progress.


Members were provided with the opportunity to ask questions of the Director in relation to the issues raised.


The co-opted member asked what measures RCT has in place to track the queries on social media regarding accommodation around the Zip World attraction and direct them appropriately. He also raised a query regarding the location of the electric charging points across RCT to encourage visitors to the area.


The Director advised that electric charging points across RCT is a subject of a separate report outlining a strategy for delivering the electric charging points for both visitors and residents in RCT. With regards to the promotion of accommodation across the county borough, the Strategic Manager, Prosperity & Development explained that work is ongoing to contact all 65 of the key accommodation providers and plans are in place to set up an accommodation sector working group within RCT to drive  ...  view the full Cofnodion text for item 44.


Adolygiad y Cadeirydd a dod â'r cyfarfod i ben

Adlewyrchu ar y cyfarfod a'r camau gweithredu i'w dwyn ymlaen.



The Vice Chair thanked Members for their attendance and summarised the key points raised during the meeting.


Members were advised that the next Finance & Performance Scrutiny Committee would be held on the 13th April 2021 and the items to be considered at the meeting were announced as in line with the forward work programme.


Materion Brys

Trafod unrhyw faterion sydd, yn ôl doethineb y Cadeirydd, yn faterion brys yng ngoleuni amgylchiadau arbennig.