Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

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Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Don Austen, Linda Bird, Mandy Brinkhurst, David Gardner, Denise Hyland and Aidan Smith.

 

Apologies for lateness were received from Councillors Norman Adams, Angela Cornforth and Allan MacCarthy.

 

Apologies for having to leave the meeting early were received from Councillors Barbara Barwick, Bill Freeman and Mehboob Khan.

2.

Minutes

To agree the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 25 January 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.

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Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the Minutes of the meeting of Full Council held on 25 January 2017 be confirmed and signed as a true and accurate record.

3.

Mayor's Announcements

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Minutes:

The Mayor announced that congratulations were due to former Greenwich Starting Blocks charity star Matthew Robertson who had won a silver medal in the C1-5 200m category of the 2017 HSBC Uk National Track Championships in Manchester on 28 January.  The 17-year-old Woolwich Cycling Club member was previously sponsored by the charity which is partnered by RBG.

 

That he was participating in the 2017 Annual London Mayors’ Walk on Sunday 12th March, 2017, which covers the original walk of Dick Whittington over 600 years ago. 

4.

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.

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Minutes:

Councillor Matt Harley made a declaration in relation to Item 11 – Budget and Council Tax 2017/18 as a Director of the Bexley & Greenwich Credit Union.

 

Resolved –

 

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

 

2.     That the declaration made by Councillor Hartley be noted.

5.

Notice of Members wishing to exceed the 5 minute rule

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Minutes:

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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Minutes:

The following petitions were presented at the meeting;

 

Subject and Number of Signatures

Presenting Councillor

Lead Department

 

Request to bring Boris Bikes to Greenwich

Circa 193 signatures

 

Matt Clare

 

Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills

 

 

 

Request for parking controls in Henwick road and Winchcombe Gardens

51 signatures

 

Mick Hayes

 

Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills

Request for traffic calming in Crookston, Dairsie, and Glenesk (north) Roads, SE9

236 signatures

Spencer Drury

 

Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills

Public Realm Improvements works in Eltham High Street.

29 signatures

Spencer Drury

 

Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills

 

7.

Public Deputations on matters not otherwise on the agenda

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Minutes:

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

8.

Public Questions pdf icon PDF 221 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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Minutes:

The Mayor advised the meeting that notice had been received of 12 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 230 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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Minutes:

The Mayor advised the meeting that notice had been received of 25 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 questions, the Mayor invited questions to Members of the Cabinet for response.

 

Councillor Hartley asked why Councillor Hyland, Leader of the Council and Councillor David Gardner, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care were in Taiwan and not present at the budget setting Council meeting and who was financing the visit.  Councillor Danny Thorpe, Deputy leader of the Council confirmed that the visit was to promote Greenwich as a digital partner and to establish trading links and was funded between the Taiwanese Government and the Digital Government funds.

 

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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Minutes:

The Mayor advised that no requests from the party whips for matters to be taken early had been received. However, as members of the public had requested to speak on Item 14 – Petition Responses report, this would be taken as the first item of business.

11.

Budget and Council Tax Setting 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 196 KB

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Decision:

Agreed an adult social care precept of 3% in 2017/18 and 3% in 2018/19 (Section 5 of the report)

Agreed a council tax rise of 1.99%, equivalent to 39p per week at Band D, in support of Adult Social Care (Section 6 of the report)

Noted that the GLA precept for 2017/18 is due to increase by £4.02 per year at Band D, an increase of 1.5% (Section 6 of the report)

Noted the authority’s Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) as presented to Cabinet on 15 February 2017, is balanced through to 2019/20 (Sections 3-7 of the report)

Agreed to the addition to the council tax in 2017/18 on the taxpayers in premises surrounding the garden in Gloucester Circus SE10 (Section 6 of the report)

Approved the overall council tax level and the relevant statutory calculations and resolutions (Section 6 and Appendix B of the report)

Noted the cut to the Education Services Grant and actions proposed to maintain service levels into 2017/18 (Section 8 of the report)

Noted the level of Dedicated Schools Grant for Education purposes and that the budget proposals for 2017/18 were agreed by the Schools Forum on 18 January 2017 (Section 8 of the report)

Noted the prioritisation of the use of capital resources going forward into investments which support the delivery of services, utilising the Capital Receipts Strategy to be considered annually as part of the Council’s MTFS (Section 9 of the report).

Noted that the Prudential Code requires the setting and revision of the indicators to be carried out by the body that takes decisions in respect of the Borough’s budget.

Approved the Prudential Indicators (Section 10 and Appendix C of the report) for the period 2015/16 – 2019/20

Agreed that the indicators, other than the authorised borrowing limit, which must be set and revised by Council, are initially set each year by the authority as part of its budget setting process and are monitored and revised as appropriate during the year by Cabinet

Agreed the arrangements for determining the Minimum Revenue Provision (Section 10 and Appendix D of the report) from 2017/18 onwards

Noted the comments on financial standing and risk (Section 11 and Appendix E of the report) and those regarding the robustness of the budget process (Section 12).

Noted the comments of the Cabinet on 15 February 2017.

Minutes:

Councillor Thorpe, Deputy Leader of the council, moved the recommendations.  He noted the numerous fiscal challenges faced by the Council and that it was with reluctance that the 3% Social Care precept was being added. He gave his sincere thanks and gratitude to all the Borough staff individually and collectively.

 

Council Hartley moved an amendment to the decisiosn, as below;

 

Delete decision 1.2. (“Agree a council tax rise of 1.99%...”) and replace it with the following decision:

 

1.2.  Agree that there will be no general Council Tax rise (over and above the 3% Adult Social Care precept agreed at 1.1.) in 2017/2018, and instead agree the package of budget changes detailed in Decisions 1.16-1.25 and summarised in Tables A and B below, noting that these changes deliver;

 

·       The same increase in Adult Social Care funding as the Cabinet’s proposal

·       The same increases in funding for Children’s Services (in support of Care Leavers) and Homelessness as in the Cabinet’s proposal

·       An increase in funding for the GLLP Employment scheme, with additional placements ring-fenced to Street Cleaning to improve service

·       Two new anti-poverty measures for the benefit of local residents

·       All of the above without the need for an additional 1.99% Council Tax rise, and while still achieving a balanced position over the current MTFS

 

Table A: Summary of budget changes affecting ongoing expenditure

New measure proposed

Decision

Budget effect

Maximising use of Apprenticeship Levy

1.16-1.17

+ £400,000

Ending Greenwich Information and reducing associated non-statutory publicity budgets

1.18

+ £334,755

 (minimum)

Ending Trade Union subsidies

1.19

+ £245,740

Package of smaller measures to reduce waste and inefficiency and achieve further administrative savings (breakdown at 1.26)

1.20

+ £380,520

Total effect of changes to new & existing spending

+ £1,361,015

Additional funding for Adult Social Care
(the same amount as in original proposal)

1.22

- £1,361,015

Total effect of proposed new budget measures

- £1,361,015

Net effect on overall Budget position

£0

 

Table B: Summary of budget changes affecting one-off (BEP) expenditure

New measure proposed

Decision

BEP effect

Allocating £0.75m of the unanticipated new Budget Efficiency Premium (BEP) as contingency for 2017/18, instead of £2.406m

1.23

+ £1,656,000

Total effect of changes to new one-off spending

+ £1,656,000

Increase funding for new GLLP placements,
ring-fenced to Street Cleansing to improve service in 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20

1.24

- £1,095,000
(-£365,000 pa)

End the charging of costs for Council Tax arrears to LCTS recipients in current MTFS

1.25

- £300,000

(£100k pa)

Introduce a Council Tax exemption for care leavers up to the age of 25 in current MTFS

1.25

- £261,000
(£87k pa)

Total effect of proposed new one-off spending

- £1,656,000

Net effect on overall BEP position

£0

 

 

Insert the following changes to proposed new ongoing spending as additional decisions as follows:

 

1.16.Note that the Report at section 7.21 confirms that the Apprenticeship Levy scheme will only result in a net cost to RBG if the council fails to maximise the number of apprenticeships it provides in 2017/2018 (and in fact, it is  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.

12.

Treasury Management Strategy 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 117 KB

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Decision:

Noted the comments of Cabinet and Audit and Risk Management who considered this item at their meetings held on 15 February 2017 and 21 February 2017 respectively.

Agreed the Treasury Management Strategy for 2017/18.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Thorpe, deputy Leader of the Council, formally moved the report.

 

Council moved straight to the vote.

 

Resolved –

 

That the comments of Cabinet and Audit and Risk Management who considered this item at their meetings held on 15 February 2017 and 21 February 2017 respectively, be noted.

 

That the Treasury Management Strategy for 2017/18, be agreed.

13.

Pay Policy Statement for 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 40 KB

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Decision:

Agreed adoption of the Pay Policy statement for 2017/18 as outlined at Appendix A and agree to its publication on the Council’s web site.

 

Minutes:

Council noted that a Members written question, with response, was submitted in respect of this item, as set out at appendix C to these minutes.

 

Resolved -

 

That the adoption of the Pay Policy statement for 2017/18 as outlined at Appendix A of the report and agree to its publication on the Council’s web site be agreed.

 

14.

Petition Responses pdf icon PDF 81 KB

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Decision:

Noted the action taken in response to petitions presented at recent meetings of the Council.

Minutes:

The Mayor invited Liljana Blazevska, lead petitioner for the petition relating to residents only parking in Willenhall and Elmdene Road, SE18, set out at paragraph 3 of the report, to address Council.

 

Ms Blazevska advised she was speaking on behalf of 16 other residents and the matter had been forwarded to the Local Government Ombudsman.  She was concerned that the petition response was supposed to have been submitted to the January Council meeting.  She advised that the impact of non-resident parking was having a negative impact with cars, especially on Saturdays, where people parked across residents’ driveways.  Inconsiderate parking and the failure to enforce double yellow lines was causing restricted access for buses, emergency vehicles and waste collection vehicles.  That five requests had been made for meetings with officers, which had not been responded to and there was concern, among residents, that the Council was not pursuing the issue as Council employees were parking in the area.  She summed up that residents felt that re-zoning and new developments being built in the area were being prioritised over the three roads which now formed an island of CPZ roads. 

 

Councillor S. James, Cabinet Member for Transport, Economy and Smart Cities advised that the concerns had been raised at the Highways Committee and assurance had been given that the concerns would be addressed.  He apologised that the response had not been taken at the January meeting, which was down to an administrative error.  He confirmed that the Council was co-operating fully with the Ombudsman and was confident that the Authorities systems were appropriate.


Resolved –

 

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

15.

Motion relating to the publication of "Sporting Future". pdf icon PDF 44 KB

Motion proposed by Councillors Christine Grice, Denise Hyland, Chris Kirby, Scott MacDonald, Sarah Merrill, Steve Offord and Danny Thorpe.

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Decision:

Resolved that –

 

Council notes the recent publication of “Sporting Future”, which details the work the Government’s has undertaken in relation to sport and physical activity.


Council is concerned that 40% of all adults still do not comply with the recommended level of physical activity stipulated by the Chief Medical Officer, with 25% of all adults across the country not even exercising for 30 minutes a week.

 

Council believes in the affordable access to as wide a variety of sports facilities across the borough as possible. As a host borough for both the Olympic and Paralaympic Games in 2012, coupled with our investment in improved leisure and library facilities in our town centres. We have also seen investment in local facilities, such as Sutcliffe Park, plans are developing for the enhancement of facilities in a new Plumstead Centre and most recently, planning permission was secured for the development of a new facility on the Hervey Road Playing Fields, which will provide a fantastic range of sports activities for young people, families and adults.

 

Initiatives such as Greenwich Get Active and the wide ranging programme activities being led by our public health department are also making a difference.

 

Council notes that Tracy Crouch, the Minister for Sports, Culture and Heritage recently said “local authorities should put sport and physical activity at the heart of what they do” and Council extends an invitation for a visit to her so she can see first-hand the exemplary work taking here in our borough.

 

Council notes that Sport England are developing 10 local delivery pilot schemes across the Country and believes Greenwich is well placed to continue to increase participation in leisure activities and to help share innovation and best practice with local authorities across the UK.

 

Council therefore requests the Cabinet Member for Culture, Creative Industries and Community Wellbeing works with officers to develop a bid to become a pilot area, in time for the 31st March deadline.

 

Minutes:

In moving the motion, Councillor Grice stated that obesity was a major issue for all generations and with 40% of adults not exercising to the recommended level, there was a need to develop a preventative strategy.

 

Councillor Scott-McDonald seconded the motion, reserving her right to speak.

 

Councillor Merrill spoke in support of the motion stating that there was a need to build on accessibility to exercise and fitness for all and to challenge the financial and social obstacles that many people face.

 

Councillor Davis moved an amended motion as below;

 

Council notes the recent publication of “Sporting Future”, which details the work the Government’s has undertaken in relation to sport and physical activity.

 

Council is concerned that 40% of all adults still do not comply with the recommended level of physical activity stipulated by the Chief Medical Officer, with 25% of all adults across the country not even exercising for 30 minutes a week.

 

Council believes in the affordable access to as wide a variety of sports facilities across the borough as possible. As a host borough for both the Olympic and Paralaympic Games in 2012, coupled with our investment in improved leisure and library facilities in our town centres. We have also seen investment in local facilities, such as Sutcliffe Park, plans are developing for the enhancement of facilities in a new Plumstead Centre and most recently, planning permission was secured for the development of a new facility on the Hervey Road Playing Fields, which will provide a fantastic range of sports activities for young people, families and adults.

 

Initiatives such as Greenwich Get Active and the wide ranging programme activities being led by our public health department are also making a difference.

 

However, council is aware that, despite substantial spending on sporting infrastructure, encouraging young people to enjoy and participate in sport is key to raising sporting activity levels in the future.  Council notes that according to the latest Sport England survey, the number of people in Greenwich receiving tuition in a sport (defined as ‘having received tuition from an instructor or coach to improve your performance in any sport or recreational activity in the last 12 months’) has significantly decreased over the last 10 years.

 

Council notes that Tracy Crouch, the Minister for Sports, Culture and Heritage recently said “local authorities should put sport and physical activity at the heart of what they do” and Council extends an invitation for a visit to her so she can see first-hand the work taking place here in our borough and discuss further improvements that the council could make, such as those detailed below.

 

Council notes that Sport England are developing 10 local delivery pilot schemes across the Country and believes Greenwich is well placed to continue to increase participation in leisure activities and to help share innovation and best practice with local authorities across the UK.

 

Council therefore requests the Cabinet Member for Culture, Creative Industries and Community Well-being works with officers to develop a bid to become a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.