Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Contact: Daniel Wilkinson  Email: daniel.wilkinson@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 5102

Note: To commence at 7.15pm or at the rising of the Council Annual Meeting, whichever is the latter 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors Mandy Brinkhurst, Matt Clare, Charlie Davis, Spencer Drury, Bill Freeman, Nuala Geary, Mick Hayes, John Hills, Ambreen Hisbani, Clive Mardner, Paul Morrissey, Maureen O’Mara, Steve Offord, and Harpinder Singh.

 

Apologies for lateness were received from Councillor Angela Cornforth.

2.

Mayor's Announcements

Minutes:

The Mayor had no announcements.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 34 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 Denise Hyland stated that with regard to Item 5 she was a member of the Arts Council England, London region

 

Resolved -

 

That the list of Councillors’ membership (as Council appointed representatives) on outside bodies, joint committees and School Governing Bodies is noted.

4.

Notice of Members wishing to exceed the 5 minute rule

Minutes:

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

5.

Award of Freedom of The Borough pdf icon PDF 88 KB

Decision:

Agreed to award Bob Harris, the Honorary Freedom of the Royal Borough

 

Agreed to award Bradley Hemmings MBE, the Honorary Freedom of the Royal Borough

 

Agreed to award the Right Honourable Nick Raynsford, the Honorary Freedom of the Royal Borough

 

Agreed to award Neil Rhind MBE, FSA, the Honorary Freedom of the Royal Borough

 

Agreed to award Dr Jagir Kaur Sekhon OBE, the Honorary Freedom of the Royal Borough.

Minutes:

The Mayor introduced the item and explained the procedure that would be followed.

 

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Peter Brooks, moved the nomination that Bob Harris should be awarded the Freedom of the Borough. The nomination was seconded by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Denise Hyland. Councillors Brooks and Hyland detailed Bob Harris’ career as a Councillor, including his role as Deputy Leader of the Council. They highlighted Bob Harris’ involvement with Clockhouse Community Centre and later with Ravensbourne College.  They recollected Bob Harris’ role in the development of creative participatory arts, and that as Chair of Leisure he had created the vision for Greenwich Leisure Limited, and highlighted Bob Harris’ role in regenerating the Borough, in particular that he had been lead negotiator for the Council with regard to the Dome. 

 

Len Duvall spoke in support of the nomination. He recalled his work with Bob Harris, first as an employee of the Council and then later as a fellow Councillor. He highlighted Bob Harris’ commitment to public services and his work in the regeneration of the Borough. He said Bob Harris had made a significant contribution to the Borough.

 

The Mayor put the nomination to the vote and it was unanimously agreed.

 

The Mayor presented the award to Bob Harris.

 

In accepting the award Bob Harris thanked the Council, and those who had contributed to the testimonial. He was particularly pleased to receive the award amongst other talented individuals who had contributed to the community of the Borough. He commented his achievements were accomplished with the support of colleagues.  He felt the legacy of his work with the Council could be built upon. He wished Greenwich Council and its community well, and he felt it was a better place than when he arrived.

 

The Deputy Leader of the Councillor, Councillor Danny Thorpe, moved the nomination that Bradley Hemmings MBE should be awarded the Freedom of the Borough. The nomination was seconded by the Cabinet Member for Culture, Creative Industries and Community Well-Being, Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald. Councillors Thorpe and Scott-McDonald highlighted Bradley Hemmings’ more than 30 years’ work in creating outdoor arts, from the original Greenwich Festival to the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival.  They expounded on Bradley Hemmingscommitment and dedication to arts and culture, and to inclusion, including his work with the disabled and LGBT community.

 

The Mayor put the nomination to the vote and it was unanimously agreed.

 

The Mayor presented the award to Bradley Hemmings MBE.

 

In accepting the award Bradley Hemmings MBE, reflected on fun and freedom. He recalled his working history with the GLC and the Greenwich Council, and added he had benefited from the leadership of Bob Harris. He commented on the Royal Arsenal being the birth place of the co-operative society and on its role in votes for women, and noted this great civic tradition lived on with the new creative district. He commented on the ending of 50 years of discriminating against homosexuality. He thanked Councillors and Officers, family  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.