Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

To receive apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were presented on behalf of Councillor Peter Brooks.

2.

Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items or urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Chris Roberts, agreed that item 11 (School Place Planning), circulated on a supplementary agenda, should be considered as an item of urgent business.  This was because a decision was required urgently to enable officers to undertake the statutory consultations and procurement of the schemes within the timescale required to ensure the places were available from September 2014.  Without a decision from this meeting, plans to provide enough school places for the children who need them would be jeopardised.

 

The Chair drew the Cabinet’s attention to a written submission from the Governing Body of Charlton Park Academy School in relation to item 11 (School Place Planning).

 

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Harpinder Singh declared a financial interest in item 6 (Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre) as a Council appointed member on the Board of Greenwich Leisure Limited.  Councillor Singh left the meeting when this item was considered and took no part in the discussion or vote.

 

Councillors Jackie Smith and John Fahy declared a financial interest in item 11 (School Place Planning) as Local Authority representatives on the governing bodies of Discovery Primary School and Cardwell Primary School respectively.  Councillor Peter Kotz also declared a financial interest in item 11 (School Place Planning) as a Council appointed member of the Managing Committee on the Greenwich Pupil Referral Unit (PRU).  Councillors Smith, Fahy and Kotz left the meeting when this item was considered and took no part in the discussion or vote.

 

Resolved -

 

That the list of Councillors’ Membership, as Council appointed representatives, on outside bodies, joint committees and School Governing bodies be noted.

 

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 88 KB

To agree, as a true and accurate record, the Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held on 20 November 2013.

 

No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the Minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 20 November 2013 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Delivering the Council's Priorities pdf icon PDF 84 KB

The Cabinet is requested to note progress made on delivering on the Council’s Priorities; agree the approach to delivering on the priorities including the management of resources and risks as set out in section 3 of the report, in particular regarding the following: Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre (agenda item 6); River Transport Infrastructure (agenda item 7); Highways Improvements – Local Labour Initiative (exempt agenda item C.1 /12); Building New Industrial Estates (exempt agenda item C.2/13).  Cabinet is also requested to agree to consider detailed information in relation to the proposals for highways improvements and building industrial estates in closed session as exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 is likely to be made known and the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

Decision:

Noted the progress made on delivering on the Council’s Priorities and agree proposals to implement these as set out in the attached reports.

 

Agreed the approach to delivering on these priorities including the management of resources and risks as set out in section 3 of the report, in particular regarding the following:

·        Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre (agenda item 6)

·        River Transport Infrastructure (agenda item 7)

·        Highways Improvements – Local Labour Initiative (exempt agenda item C.1 /12)

·        Building New Industrial Estates (exempt agenda item C.2/13)

Agreed to consider detailed information in relation to the proposals for highways improvements and building industrial estates in closed session as exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 was likely to be made known and the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

Minutes:

The report was introduced by the Chief Executive who drew the

Cabinet’s attention to the arrangements for the management of resources and risks, as set out in section 3 of the report, regarding the development of the Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre; improvements to the River Transport Infrastructure (agenda item 7); Highways Improvements – Local Labour Initiative; and, Building New Industrial Estates.  Attention was also drawn to the spending required and the diversity of identified funding sources.

 

Resolved –

 

a.            That the progress made on delivering on the Council’s Priorities be noted and that the proposals to implement these as set out in the attached reports be agreed.

 

b.            That the approach to delivering on these priorities including the management of resources and risks as set out in section 3 of the report, in particular regarding the following Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre (agenda item 6), River Transport Infrastructure (agenda item 7), Highways Improvements – Local Labour Initiative (exempt agenda item C.1 /12); and, Building New Industrial Estates (exempt agenda item C.2/13) be agreed

 

c.            That it be agreed to consider detailed information in relation to the proposals for highways improvements and building industrial estates in closed session as exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 was likely to be made known and the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighed the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

6.

Sutcliffe Park Sports Centre pdf icon PDF 76 KB

The Cabinet is requested to agree to progress proposals for the development of a sports centre at Sutcliffe Park as outlined in paragraphs 3.4 – 3.7 of the report and illustrated in the attached plans; to agree that the Council forward funds the development, at an estimated cost of £7.6m and to note progress in identifying potential sources of external funding; and to note that a planning application for the development will be submitted at the earliest opportunity and that, subject to planning permission being received, a detailed scheme and estimate report will be brought forward subsequently for Members’ consideration

Additional documents:

Decision:

Agreed to progress proposals for the development of a sports centre at Sutcliffe Park as outlined in paragraphs 3.4 – 3.7 of the report and illustrated in the plans appended to the report;

 

Agreed that the Council forward funds the development, at an estimated cost of £7.6m and noted progress in identifying potential sources of external funding; and

 

Noted that a planning application for the development will be submitted at the earliest opportunity and that, subject to planning permission being received, a detailed scheme and estimate report will be brought forward subsequently for Members’ consideration.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Harpinder Singh declared a financial interest in this item as a Council appointed member on the Board of Greenwich Leisure Limited.  Councillor Singh left the meeting when this item was considered and took no part in the discussion or vote.

 

Resolved –

 

a.            That it be agreed to progress proposals for the development of a sports centre at Sutcliffe Park as outlined in paragraphs 3.4 – 3.7 of the report and illustrated in the plans appended to the report;

 

b.            That it be agreed that the Council forward funds the development, at an estimated cost of £7.6m; and, the progress in identifying potential sources of external funding be noted.

 

c.            That it be noted that a planning application for the development will be submitted at the earliest opportunity and that, subject to planning permission being received, a detailed scheme and estimate report will be brought forward subsequently for Members’ consideration.

 

7.

Enhancements to River Transport Infrastructure pdf icon PDF 66 KB

The Cabinet is requested to agree that proposals be brought forward for enhancements to the borough’s river transport infrastructure, including - the extension of Woolwich pier; the construction of a new pier from Cutty Sark Gardens, as the first phase of the development of a Boardwalk between the New Capital Quay development and Dodd’s Wharf; and an exploration of the potential for a new pier at the Thamesmead (Greenwich side) to be taken forward in consultation with Peabody Trust as part of their Thamesmead masterplan.  The Cabinet is also requested to agree to allocate a sum of up to £2.1m to forward fund the proposals for the Woolwich and Greenwich piers; agree that a contribution to the funding for the wider proposals be sought from the Mayor for London’s funding pot for river transport.

 

Decision:

Agreed that proposals be brought forward for enhancements to the borough’s river transport infrastructure, including:

 

·        The extension of Woolwich pier;

·        The construction of a new pier from Cutty Sark Gardens, as the first phase of the development of a Boardwalk between the New Capital Quay development and Dodd’s Wharf; and

·        An exploration of the potential for a new pier at the Thamesmead (Greenwich side) to be taken forward in consultation with Peabody Trust as part of their Thamesmead masterplan

 

Agreed to allocate a sum of up to £2.1m to forward fund the proposals for the Woolwich and Greenwich piers

 

Agreed that a contribution to the funding for the wider proposals be sought from the Mayor for London’s funding pot for river transport;

 

Noted the intention for the proposals for the Woolwich and Greenwich piers be delivered in time for, and for use by, the 2014 Tall Ships Regatta.

 

Noted that, subject to Cabinet’s agreement to proceed detailed scheme and estimate reports will be brought forward for Members approval in due course.

 

Minutes:

Resolved

 

a.            That proposals be brought forward for enhancements to the borough’s river transport infrastructure, including:

 

·        The extension of Woolwich pier;

·        The construction of a new pier from Cutty Sark Gardens, as the first phase of the development of a Boardwalk between the New Capital Quay development and Dodd’s Wharf; and

·        An exploration of the potential for a new pier at the Thamesmead (Greenwich side) to be taken forward in consultation with Peabody Trust as part of their Thamesmead masterplan

 

b.            That it be agreed to allocate a sum of up to £2.1m to forward fund the proposals for the Woolwich and Greenwich piers

 

c.            That it be agreed that a contribution to the funding for the wider proposals be sought from the Mayor for London’s funding pot for river transport;

 

d.            That the intention for the proposals for the Woolwich and Greenwich piers to be delivered in time for, and for use by, the 2014 Tall Ships Regatta be noted.

 

e.            That it be noted that detailed scheme and estimate reports will be brought forward for Members approval in due course.

 

8.

"Playground to Podium" - Provision of Inclusive Play Equipment pdf icon PDF 47 KB

The Cabinet is requested to agree a programme of works to provide inclusive play equipment at five sites throughout the borough, at a cost of £115,893; note the proposal that a contract to supply and install equipment at these sites be awarded to Sutcliffe Play, a specialist provider selected following consultation with Greenwich Parent Voice and a specialist children’s physiotherapist; and, note that this programme is being brought forward as a first tranche of works and that the potential for other suitable sites in other areas of the borough will be explored.

 

Decision:

Agreed a programme of works to provide inclusive play equipment at five sites throughout the borough, at a cost of £115,893

 

Noted the proposal that a contract to supply and install equipment at these sites be awarded to Sutcliffe Play, a specialist provider selected following consultation with Greenwich Parent Voice and a specialist children’s physiotherapist

 

Noted that this programme is being brought forward as a first tranche of works and that the potential for other suitable sites in other areas of the borough will be explored.

 

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

a.            That the programme of works to provide inclusive play equipment at five sites throughout the borough, at a cost of £115,893, be agreed.

 

b.            That the proposal that a contract to supply and install equipment at these sites be awarded to Sutcliffe Play, a specialist provider selected following consultation with Greenwich Parent Voice and a specialist children’s physiotherapist, be noted.

 

c.            That it be noted that this programme is being brought forward as a first tranche of works and that the potential for other suitable sites in other areas of the borough will be explored.

 

9.

Falmouth - Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta 2014 pdf icon PDF 81 KB

The Cabinet is requested to note progress with the Sail Training International (STI) Tall Ships Regatta 2014; note the increased interest in the Regatta and the implications of this for Ship and visitor management and agree a notional contingency budget of £500,000 to cover the potential costs to Greenwich of hosting the event; and, agree that the option for Royal Greenwich to be the Start Host Port for the Transatlantic Tall Ships Race in 2017 be pursued.

 

Decision:

Noted the progress with the Sail Training International (STI) Tall Ships Regatta 2014.

 

Noted the increased interest in the Regatta and the implications of this for Ship and visitor management and agreed a notional contingency budget of £500,000 to cover the potential costs to Greenwich of hosting the event.

 

Agreed that the option for Royal Greenwich to be the Start Host Port for the Transatlantic Tall Ships Race in 2017 be pursued.

 

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

a.            That the progress with the Sail Training International (STI) Tall Ships Regatta 2014 be noted.

 

b.            That the increased interest in the Regatta and the implications of this for Ship and visitor management be noted; and, a notional contingency budget of £500,000 to cover the potential costs to Greenwich of hosting the event be agreed.

 

c.            That the option for Royal Greenwich to be the Start Host Port for the Transatlantic Tall Ships Race in 2017 be pursued.

 

10.

Treasury Management Mid-Year Report 2013/2014 pdf icon PDF 150 KB

The Cabinet is requested to note the Treasury Management Mid-Year Report for 2013/14, which was considered by the Audit and Risk Management Panel; and, agree to forward comments, if any, to Council.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the Treasury Management Mid-Year Report for 2013/14, which was considered by the Audit and Risk Management Panel and that the report would now be considered by Council.

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the Treasury Management Mid-Year Report for 2013/14, which was considered by the Audit and Risk Management Panel be noted; and, that it be noted that the report would now be considered by Council.

11.

School Place Planning pdf icon PDF 155 KB

The Cabinet is requested to note recent trends in the demand for places at early years settings and schools in the Royal Borough of Greenwich; and, agree priorities for providing additional places for two year olds and in primary, secondary and special schools, subject to a scheme and estimate report being approved by the Cabinet Member for Regeneration Employment and Skills and statutory consultation as required.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted recent trends in the demand for places at early years settings and schools in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

 

Agreed priorities for providing additional places for two year olds and in primary, secondary and special schools, subject to a scheme and estimate report being approved by the Cabinet Member for Regeneration Employment and Skills and statutory consultation as required.

 

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Roberts, agreed to consider this as an urgent item of business as a decision was required urgently to enable officers to undertake the statutory consultations and to progress the procurement of the schemes within the timescale required to ensure the places were available from September 2014.  Without a decision from this meeting, plans to provide enough school places for the children who need them would be jeopardised.

 

Councillors Jackie Smith and John Fahy declared a financial interest in item 11 (School Place Planning) as Local Authority representatives on the governing bodies of Discovery Primary School and Cardwell Primary School respectively.  Councillor Peter Kotz also declared a financial interest in item 11 (School Place Planning) as a Council appointed member of the Managing Committee on the Greenwich Pupil Referral Unit (PRU).  Councillors Smith, Fahy and Kotz left the meeting when this item was considered and took no part in the discussion or vote.

 

A letter from the Governing Body of Charlton Park Academy School was circulated at the meeting.

 

The report was introduced by the Director of Children’s Services.  The Director informed the Cabinet of the analysis of the current and projected demand for places in early years settings and schools, together with proposals to ensure that there were sufficient places to meet demand in the short to medium term. It was highlighted that agreement was being sought to initiate the required statutory consultation on the specific proposals; and, to proceed with the development and procurement arrangements, which would be subject to future scheme and estimate reports for the relevant Cabinet Member’s consideration.

 

The Cabinet noted that there was a requirement, in particular, to expand special school provision to meet the needs of an increasing number of children with special educational needs and disability, particularly in the  secondary phase and Post 16  with ASD and challenging behaviour (in particular girls where there was an absence of in-Borough places).  The Director informed the Cabinet that it was proposed that this was to be met by increasing the upper age range of Willow Dene School so that there was increased secondary provision; federating the Pupil Referral Unit with Moatbride School to ensure flexibility in meeting the needs of young people with challenging behaviour; and providing places at Kings Park.  The Director stated that the cost of the extension of special school provision was being financed by making use of the Targeted Basic Need Grant from the Department for Education (DfE), which was conditional on providing 95 new places and, if not used, would be returned to the DfE.

 

The Chair, Councillor Roberts, proposed and it was agreed that a written response should be sent to the Governing Body of Charlton Park Academy School addressing the issues they had raised.

 

Resolved –

 

a.            That the recent trends in the demand for places at early years settings and schools in the Royal Borough of Greenwich be noted.

 

b.            That the priorities for providing additional places for two year olds  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.

Exclusion of Press and Public

Resolved –

 

That press and public be excluded from the remainder of the meeting as exempt information as defined in the Local Government Act 1972, Schedule 12A, Part 1, paragraph 3 is likely to be made known and the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

 

12.

Highways Improvements - Local Labour Initiative pdf icon PDF 49 KB

Decision:

Agreed to allocate resources to support an accelerated programme of repairs and improvements to the Borough’s local roads and pavements.

 

Agreed to use the programme of additional works and existing revenue budgets to establish a new workforce with a focus on the recruitment of young unemployed people within the Borough.

 

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

a.            That it be agreed to allocate resources to support an accelerated programme of repairs and improvements to the Borough’s local roads and pavements.

 

b.            That it be agreed to use the programme of additional works and existing revenue budgets to establish a new workforce with a focus on the recruitment of young unemployed people within the Borough.

 

13.

Building New Industrial Estates pdf icon PDF 46 KB

Decision:

Agreed the proposal for the Council to build two new industrial estates in the Borough to provide additional capacity to meet the identified demands and to assist with the relocation of businesses as the Growth Strategy masterplans are taken forward.

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the proposal for the Council to build two new industrial estates in the Borough to provide additional capacity to meet the identified demands; and, to assist with the relocation of businesses as the Growth Strategy masterplans, be agreed.