Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors Sizwe James and Averil Lekau.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.  However, on behalf of the Cabinet, the Chair, Councillor Denise Hyland, agreed to vary the order of the agenda.  It was noted that Item 8, “Amendment of bye-laws for Greenwich & Woolwich Foot Tunnel” would be considered first in order to allow an oral submission on the proposal by Councillor Peter Golds from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.  Thereafter, the meeting would follow the order of items as listed in the agenda.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 35 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:

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 169 KB

To agree, as a true and accurate record, the Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held on 21 June 2017.

 

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 21 June 2017, be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Greenwich Fairness Commission Report and Recommendations pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Members to note the Greenwich Fairness Commission report including the Commission’s sixty-one recommendations.  To agree fully, or in part, the Commission’s recommendations.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.      Noted the Greenwich Fairness Commission report including the Commission’s sixty-one recommendations.

 

2.      Agreed (“Option (a)) fully” the Greenwich Fairness Commission’s recommendations listed at Appendix A, and the full report listed at Appendix B.

 

3.         Agreed that the recommendations are delegated to Royal Borough of Greenwich officers for the purposes of creating an action plan, and implementing the recommendations.

 

4.         Agreed to set up of a Fairness Commission Working-group to oversee the implementation of the recommendations and monitor outcomes.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the report and

 

Resolved –

 

1.            That the Greenwich Fairness Commission report including the Commission’s sixty-one recommendations, be noted.

 

2.            That it be agreed to agree fully the Greenwich Fairness Commission’s recommendations listed at Appendix A, and the full report listed at Appendix B.

 

3.            That it be agreed to delegate to the Royal Borough of Greenwich officers for the purposes of creating an action plan, and implementing the sixty-one recommendations.

 

4.            That it be agreed to set up of a Fairness Commission Working-group to oversee the implementation of the recommendations and monitor outcomes.

6.

Contract Standing Orders - Exemptions / Variations Report pdf icon PDF 106 KB

Members to note the summary of Exemptions to Contract Standing Orders reported for the period 2 March 2017 to 1 June 2017.  To note the summary of Variations under Contract Standing Orders were reported for the period 2 March 2017 to 1 June 2017.  To note the requirement to refer the report to Overview and Scrutiny as per paragraphs 4.1 and 4.2.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.      Noted the summary of Exemptions to Contract Standing Orders reported for the period 2 March 2017 to 1 June 2017, detailed in Appendix 1 of the report.

 

2.      Noted that the summary of Variations under Contract Standing Orders were reported for the period 2 March 2017 to 1 June 2017, detailed in Appendix II.

 

Noted the requirement to refer the report to Overview and Scrutiny as per paragraphs 4.1 and 4.2 of the report.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the report and

 

Resolved –

 

1.            That the summary of Exemptions to Contract Standing Orders reported for the period 2 March 2017 to 1 June 2017, detailed in Appendix 1 of the report, be noted.

 

2.            That it be noted that the summary of Variations under Contract Standing Orders were reported for the period 2 March 2017 to 1 June 2017, as detailed in Appendix II of the report.

 

3.            That the requirement to refer the report to Overview and Scrutiny as per paragraphs 4.1 and 4.2 of the report, be noted.

7.

Greenwich Children and Young People Plan 2017- 2020 pdf icon PDF 107 KB

Members to consider and ratify the Greenwich and Young People Plan 2017- 2020.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Agreed to ratify the Greenwich and Young People Plan 2017- 2020.

Minutes:

In considering the report, Members of the Cabinet thanked officers for their hard work in producing the Greenwich Children and Young People Plan 2017- 2020. 

 

The Cabinet

 

Resolved –

 

That it be agreed to ratify the Greenwich Children and Young People Plan 2017- 2020.

8.

Amendment of bye-laws for Greenwich & Woolwich Foot Tunnel pdf icon PDF 104 KB

Members to consider and agree that Full Council should resolve to agree to amend the bye-laws for the Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels as described within the report and, subject to the endorsement of the amendments by Tower Hamlets and Newham Councils, submit the amendments to the Secretary Of State for Communities and Local Government for ratification.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Agreed that Full Council should resolve to agree to amend the bye-laws for the Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels as described within the report and, subject to the endorsement of the amendments by Tower Hamlets and Newham Councils, submit the amendments to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for ratification.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the report, together with an email dated 12 July 2017 from Councillor Andrew Wood of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets addressed to Members of the Cabinet in relation to the proposal.

 

In response to questions raised, the Deputy Director (Regeneration, Enterprise & Skills), reiterated to the Cabinet that the Council, as a co-owner of the Greenwich & Woolwich Foot Tunnel with the London boroughs of Tower Hamlets and Newham, had identified that the bye-laws relating to its use compromise effective management, and therefore needed to be revised.  It was confirmed that the proposed bye-laws attached as appendices to the report included provision to allow cycling through the Foot Tunnel.

 

Councillor Peter Golds from the London Borough of Tower Hamlets addressed the meeting with an appreciation of thanks to the Cabinet for the opportunity so do so at a short notice.  Councillor Golds stated that whiles he was in agreement with the spirit to update the bye-laws relating to the Greenwich & Woolwich Foot Tunnel, the dangers of speeding by irresponsible cyclists should not be minimised in regard to the safety of residents, particular older people.  It was stated that people with disability and families with children were also at risk.  Councillor Golds informed the Cabinet that he would be opposing the aspect of the proposal relating to cycling through the Tunnel when submitted for consideration by Full Council at London Borough of Tower Hamlets, and he suggested to the Cabinet to do the same.

 

The concern expressed by Councillor Golds in relation to irresponsible cyclists was echoed by Councillors Maureen O’Mara, Gardner and Kirby.  In response to further questions, the Deputy Director clarified to the Cabinet that a foot tunnel was a ‘right of way’ not a public highway.  Therefore, highway rules preventing cycling on footpaths connected roads would not apply.  The Cabinet also received an assurance that the amendments to the bye-laws would not be made without adequate consultation with relevant stakeholders, including the Secretary of State.  It was stated that the proposed reviews would also be supported by in-depth safety assessments to determine measures to minimise risks for cyclists and pedestrians, prior to cycling being allowed.

 

The Cabinet considered the submission and

 

Resolved –

 

That it be agreed that Full Council should resolve to agree to amend the bye-laws for the Greenwich and Woolwich Foot Tunnels as described within the report and, subject to the endorsement of the amendments by Tower Hamlets and Newham Councils, submit the amendments to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government for ratification.

9.

Rochester Way open space - consideration of objections to the freehold disposal of open space fronting Rochester Way Social Club Site pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Members to that no objections or observations were received following the publication of a notice for the intended freehold disposal of the open space fronting The Former Rochester Way Social Club site.  To agree to proceed with the disposal of this land to Meridian Home Start Ltd (MHS) as set out in the cabinet paper item 6 dated 19th April 2017.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.      Noted that no objections or observations were received following the publication of a notice for the intended freehold disposal of the open space fronting the Former Rochester Way Social Club site

 

2.      Agreed to proceed with the disposal of this land to Meridian Home Start Ltd (MHS) as set out in the cabinet paper item 6 dated 19th April 2017.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the report and

 

Resolved –

 

1.      That it be noted that no objections or observations were received following the publication of a notice for the intended freehold disposal of the open space fronting the Former Rochester Way Social Club site.

 

2.      That it be agreed to proceed with the disposal of this land to Meridian Home Start Ltd (MHS) as set out in the cabinet paper item 6 dated 19th April 2017.

10.

Treasury Management Outturn Report 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 138 KB

Members to note and refer to Council with any comments the Treasury Management Outturn Report for 2016/17.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted and referred to Council the Treasury Management Outturn Report for 2016/17.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the report and

 

Resolved –

 

That it be agreed to refer to Council the Treasury Management Outturn Report for 2016/17.

11.

Local Discretionary Rate Relief Scheme for the 2017/18 Financial Year pdf icon PDF 147 KB

Members to consider and agree the policy framework to be adopted for the Local Discretionary Rate Relief Scheme for 2017/18.  To delegate to the Director of Finance the setting of the level of the parameters for the scheme.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.     Agreed the policy framework to be adopted for the Local Discretionary Rate Relief Scheme for 2017/18.

 

Agreed to delegate to the Director of Finance the setting of the level of the parameters for the scheme.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the report and

 

Resolved –

 

1.     That the policy framework to be adopted for the Local Discretionary Rate Relief Scheme for 2017/18, be agreed.

 

2.     That it be agreed to delegate to the Director of Finance the setting of the level of the parameters for the scheme.