Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: Council Chamber - Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich SE18 6PW. View directions

Contact: Jean Riddler  Email: jean.riddler@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 5857

Note: Please note that the deadline for the submission of public questions, for this meeting, is 12noon on Wednesday 19 October. The deadline for requests to make a deputation to this Council is 5.30pm on Wednesday 19 October. 

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

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Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Norman Adams, Stephen Brain, John Fahy, Nuala Geary, Mick Hayes, Rajinder James,

Mehboob Khan, Clare Morris and David Stanley.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 147 KB

To agree the Minutes of the Council Meeting’s held on 29 June 2106 and 27 July 2016.

 

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.

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Resolved –

 

That the Minutes of the meetings of Full Council held on 29 June 2016 and 27 July 2016 be confirmed and signed as a true and accurate records.

3.

Mayor's Announcements

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Minutes:

The Mayor was pleased to inform Council that Chief Superintendent Simon Dobinson had been appointed as the new Borough Commander.  He also welcomed John Scarborough and Florence Kroll as the Council’s new Head of Legal Services and Director of Children’s Services respectively to this their first meeting of the full Council.

 

The Mayor was pleased to announce that Theo Huagie and the Nil Recourse Team had recently won a ‘Joint Working’ award from the Home Office recognising the work undertaken with the embedded Immigration Officer in order to verify presenting issues, assist in the assessment process and ensuring that only those eligible for assistance from the Council received it. The joint working had informed a model of working which was being rolled out to other local authorities throughout the country.  Theo Huagie accepted the award from Councillor Gardner, Cabinet Member for Health & Adult Care.

 

The Mayor was delighted to report that a number of awards had been won by several community groups based in the Borough as well as the Royal Borough of Greenwich in the RHS London in Bloom 2016.  The following awards were highlighted:

 

    The Royal Borough of Greenwich winning a Silver Award in the City Group A

    Charlton Triangle Homes receiving a Gold Ward and winner of the Urban Community category

    Well Hall Pleasaunce winning a silver Gilt for Small Park of the Year

    The Charlton Community Gardens winning Gold in the ‘Our Community’ section and an ‘Outstanding’ in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards’, for the second year in a row.

    The Friends of the Tarn receiving an ‘Outstanding’ in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards’

 

The Mayor was pleased to announce GS Plus had won a number of prestigious national awards this year.  These were:

 

·       The Nan Berger Memorial Award, presented by the Lead Association for Catering in Education (LACA).

·       The EDUcatering Excellence Award Contract Caterer of the Year, for the school meal service which recognised the significant advancement made in the school catering service including the creation of  menus using the highest percentage of organic ingredients which have been accredited the ‘Food for Life – Gold  Cater Mark’ by the Soil Association.  

·       The ‘Best Service Team’ award by the Association of Public Service excellence (APSE) to the Fleet Management Team for their ‘joined up approach’ and commitment to driving innovation, developing the service and providing excellent ‘value for money’ for clients and the local taxpayers.  They were also runners-up in the category of ‘Best Commercialisation and Entrepreneurship Initiative’

 

The Mayor was pleased to announce that the Leader of the Council had signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s NEC to further develop a platform for the digital economy and the smart city programme to the benefit of our residents and businesses.

 

The Mayor advised the Council that Wynn Davies had stood down as a Councillor and thanked him on behalf of the Council for his commitment and service to his Ward and the Authority.

4.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 38 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.

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Councillor Peter Brooks made a personal declaration, in relation to item 3; Mayor’s Announcements, as a Director of Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE).

 

Councillor Mark James made a declaration, as an employee of TfL, in relation to Item 15 – Motion on the ULEZ advising that he would not take part in the debate or decision making for this item.

 

Resolved –

 

1.     That the list of Councillors’ memberships as Council appointed representatives on outside bodies, joint committees and school Governing Bodies be noted.

 

2.     The Councillors Brooks’ and M. James’ declarations be noted.

 

5.

Notice of Members wishing to exceed the 5 minute rule

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The Council noted that there had been no requests to exceed the five minute rule.

6.

Petitions

Presentation to the Council of petitions for consideration.

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The following petitions were presented at the meeting;

 

Subject and Number of Signatures

Presenting Councillor

Lead Department

Parking issues inWillenhall and Elmdene Roads, SE18.

58 signatures

Councillor

David Gardner

Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills

 

 

 

Speeding and noise pollution on Kidbrooke Park Road and Shooters Hill Road

Circa 149 419 signatures

 

Councillor Geoffrey Brighty

 

Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills

Non-resident parking in Ladysmith, Halons and Enslin Roads.

41 signatures

Councillor

Matt Clare

 

Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills

 

7.

Public Deputations on matters not otherwise on the agenda

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The Council noted that there had been no requests for public deputations.

8.

Public Questions pdf icon PDF 145 KB

Up to half an hour will be allowed for questions by Members of the Public.

 

Questions will be taken in the order notices are received by the Chief Executive.  Each question to have no more than one part.  No member of the public shall ask more than 2 questions at a meeting.

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The Mayor advised the meeting that notice had been received of 22 written questions by members of the public.  The questions and replies, together with the supplementary submissions made during the meeting are attached as Appendix A to these minutes.

9.

Questions from Members pdf icon PDF 160 KB

a.      To receive written responses to questions submitted by Members in line with procedure Rule A1.38

b.      Up to 10 minutes will be allowed for Members questions.

 

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The Mayor advised the meeting that notice had been received of 29 written questions. The questions and replies, together with the supplementary questions made during the meeting, are attached as Appendix B to these minutes.

 

Under procedures for oral question, the Mayor invited questions to Members of the Cabinet for response.

 

In response to a question from Councillor Hartley, the Leader of the Council, Councillor Hyland, confirmed that she would be happy to pass the Conservative Group’s best wishes to former Councillor Davies.

 

Councillor Hartley requested that the Leader ask the Chief Executive to look into the possible breach of the guidelines for the use of the Ward Budget Scheme as he felt that Councillor Bird in recent party political literature had made an inappropriate reference to a project funded through the Scheme.  Councillor Hyland, Leader of the Council, in response stated that the guidelines were there to ensure that the Scheme was not abused during the Purdah Period and, it was her understanding that, Councillor Drury had also referred to the ward budget scheme in party political literature.  Further, if he or any other Member had such concerns, they were able to raise them directly with the Chief Executive.

 

Councillor Brighty raised concerns that a private property company, Savills, was undertaking the stock condition survey of the Council properties, rather than officers and questioned if this was predictive of the disposal of housing stock.  Councillor Lekau, Cabinet Member for Housing and Anti-Poverty, responded that Greenwich was acting as a responsible landlord and investing in maintaining its housing stock.  She gave assurance that there were no plans to dispose of the Council’s housing stock.

 

In response to a question from Councillor Clare regarding the effectiveness of the Mayor of London’s measures to reduce air pollution given the reduction in street trees and the less than predicted decline in the use of cars; Councillor Thorpe, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability, stated it was too early to judge, however, the Mayor of London had already made a number of significant announcements that, if implemented, would improve air quality.

 

10.

Matters for early debate

Up to 3 items of business may be prioritised for consideration under this section.  Each political party may select an item of business, from the list of items on the agenda, for early debate. 

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The Mayor advised that no requests from the party whips for matters to be taken early had been received.

11.

Interim Review of Polling Arrangements for local government and parliamentary elections pdf icon PDF 62 KB

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Decision:

That the designation of changed polling places and polling districts for UK parliamentary and local government elections, as set out in this report, with effect from the publication of the next revised register of electors (scheduled for 1 December 2016 or later if any by-elections occur) be approved.

 

That it be agreed to instruct the Registration Officer to write to affected households notifying them of the changes to polling arrangements.

Minutes:

Councillor Hyland, Leader of the Council moved the recommendation.

 

Unanimously Resolved -

 

1.     That the designation of changed polling places and polling districts for UK parliamentary and local government elections, as set out in this report, with effect from the publication of the next revised register of electors (scheduled for 1 December 2016 or later if any by-elections occur) be approved.

 

2.     That it be agreed to instruct the Registration Officer to write to affected households notifying them of the changes to polling arrangements.

12.

Petition Responses pdf icon PDF 118 KB

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Decision:

That the action taken in response to petitions presented at recent meetings of the Council be noted.

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In relation to the response to the petition regarding the restoration of free parking behind Eltham Station (paragraph 4 of the report), Councillor Drury expressed his disappointment at the response and reiterated the concerns expressed by the petitioners.  It was stated that the current pay and display bays were not being used and the problem of commuter parking had been displaced to elsewhere in Eltham.  In response, Councillor Hyland, Leader of the Council, stated the changes had been introduced to address the issue of commuter parking and that the extended Eltham Controlled Parking Zones would be reviewed in due course to assess their effectiveness.

 

Councillor Brighty welcomed the positive response to the petition requesting the introduction of a Controlled Parking Zone in Kidbrooke Grove (paragraph 6).

 

With regard to the petition relating to ‘Unacceptable levels of non-resident parking in Reventlow/Gaitskell/Novar Roads’ (paragraph 9), Councillor Clare requested if the review could be undertaken as a priority as the majority of residents do not have access to off street parking.

 

Resolved –

 

That the action taken in response to petitions presented at recent meetings of the Council be noted.

13.

Changes to the Executive Functions Scheme of Delegation pdf icon PDF 35 KB

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Decision:

Noted the change made to the executive functions scheme of delegation.

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Resolved –

 

That the change made to the executive functions scheme of delegation be noted.

14.

Motion on Grammar Schools pdf icon PDF 25 KB

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Decision:

That this Council opposes the introduction of Grammar Schools. 

 

That the introduction of Grammar Schools would come with a divisive selection process and that this Council believes that every child should have every opportunity to succeed in life. That the judgement of adults and a baseless test should not be allowed to place limits on children's lives before they've even really begun.

 

That this Council believes that we need an inclusive, strategically planned school system that enables all our children to thrive, learn and attain. That we are proud that our schools are some of the best in the country.

 

That once again this government’s dogmatic agenda of structures over standards will continue to negatively impact on our children’s education.

 

That this Council will write to the Secretary of State for Education and the Prime Minister to put on record our opposition to the reintroduction of Grammar Schools.

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Councillor Williams moved the motion advising that there was no evidence that Grammar Schools aided social mobility and any advantages of the selective system were outweighed.  The Council was informed that there re-introduction would be a retrograde step and would, nationally, damage many already disadvantaged children who would be rejected at the age of eleven.  It was stated that all children should be encouraged to achieve and reach their potential but under a selective system many children would be disadvantaged and that any appearance of advantage, for those attending Selective Schools, is outweighed by the disadvantages to those who did not.

 

In seconding the Motion, Councillor Smith (A) stated that he felt that the introduction of Grammar Schools would be the provision of a private school system, without the fees. Further, their introduction would bring down the educational performance for all children, as there was a need for a wide level of abilities within schools.  Council was informed that data indicated that in selective educational systems the majority fair worse with a minority benefitting.  The importance of ensuring that all Greenwich’s children and young people receiving a good education was stressed.

 

Councillors Gardner, James M, Barwick, Morrow, Hyland, Kirby, Bird,  Smith J and Lloyd  spoke in favour of the motion.  It was stated that Royal Greenwich’s schools are among the best in the Country and their standard should not be lowered.  Council was informed that the inequality of the selective system did not support late developers, people with dyslexia or with Special Education Needs but did support those who could afford private tuition.  Council was informed that the grammar system did not support an inclusive society where all can academically achieve and what was required were schools which inspired and developed all pupils to achieve their full potential. 

 

Council was informed that the re-introduction of the 11+ exam would cause anxiety and stress to pupils and parents creating a fear of failure as the Grammar System will tell 80% of children that they are not good enough and rejected.  Members stated that there was a danger of creating a false perception of choice for parents and pupils, as only a percentage of children would be attending any new Grammar Schools and segregated education could put all schools in the Borough at risk. The re-introduction of a Grammar system would be bad for social mobility and divisive and any links between academia and vocation would be lost. 

 

Councillor Hartley, Clare and Elliott spoke against the motion stating that it appeared to be based on ideology which did not support the interests of children or parents of the Borough.   Council was informed that the proposals were not for a return to previous grammar school system and they would form one part of a mix of educational regime.  Further there would be measures to ensure that grammar schools took more children from low income families as well as joint working with universities to improve the educational expertise for other local schools and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.

15.

Motion on Ultra Low Emission Zone pdf icon PDF 28 KB

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Decision:

That Council notes that the Mayor of London is developing proposals to extend the Ultra Low Emission Zone.  That Council notes that 79% of respondents to the Mayor’s first air quality consultation supported plans to bring forward the introduction of the ULEZ to 2019. That Council also noted that 71% of respondents also favoured extending the scheme from Central London, to cover both the North and South Circular Roads.

 

That Council commends the Mayor’s commitment to air quality and shares his ambition to make our Capital the world’s greenest.

 

That Council is pleased that the Mayor is working with the Royal Borough on the development of a Low Emission Neighbourhood Zone and looks forward to more joint working in the future.

 

That Council is aware that the Cabinet Member for Regeneration & Sustainability recently led a public consultation on the ‘Greener Greenwich’ strategy and notes that a report on feedback and issues arising from that will be forthcoming.

 

That Council noted that the Mayor’s current consultation on changes to the ULEZ ends on 18th December 2016.  That Council noted that a response to the consultation will be prepared accordingly.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Mark James made a declaration, as an employee of TfL, in relation to Item 15 – Motion on the ULEZ and took no part in the debate or decision making for this item.

 

The Mayor informed the Council that an amendment from the Labour Group had been published in advance of the meeting.  It was stated that paper copies were available and that the amendment could be accessed by Members via their tablet device.

 

Councillor Hartley moved the motion as below:

 

‘Council notes that the Mayor of London is developing proposals to extend the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), currently set to come into force in September 2020 in central London, to a much larger area bounded by the North and South Circular Roads and from as early as 2019.

 

Council notes that Transport for London has stated that the reason that the North and South Circular Roads are being considered for the edge of the larger ULEZ is that these roads provide “the most appropriate ‘boundary route’ for drivers opting to avoid the zone.”

 

As the South Circular cuts directly through Eltham and Woolwich, Council notes that this decision could have a significant impact on local residents though altered traffic flows, including the potential for increased congestion on local roads outside the zone.  Council further notes the potential impact on those local residents and small business owners who will be liable to pay for local journeys.

 

Council believes that no decision should be taken by the Mayor of London until a full study of the impact on local traffic flows of using the South Circular as a boundary for an expanded ULEZ has been carried out.

 

Council further requests that the executive carries out its own consultation during November 2016 with local residents and small business owners in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, to inform its formal response to the Mayor’s current consultation on changes to the ULEZ before the deadline of 18 December 2016.’

 

In moving the Motion Councillor Hartley stated that he was concerned about the effect of air pollution within the Borough but was also that the proposed Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) would cut through Woolwich and Eltham and the impact it would have on the Borough. 

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Matt Clare who felt that whilst the ULEZ could have benefits there would also be an impact on deliveries and business within the Zone.  A concern was raised that the area outside of the zone could become more polluted as Transport for London (TfL) could move their older, more polluting vehicles out of the ULEZ. Concerns were also raised that residents, particularly those on low incomes, would be hit hard by the charges and there needed to be a better balance of affordable alternatives.

 

Councillor Danny Thorpe moved the tabled amendment.  He stated that the Mayor of London had undertaken public consulted on the proposals and this was a way forward on tackling the issue of air pollution.

 

The  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.