Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Note: The deadline for public questions is 12 noon on 21 June 2017 

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1.

Apologies for absence

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Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Matt Clare, Bill Freeman, Mark James, Christine May, Paul Morrissey, Gary Parker, and David Stanley

 

Apologies for leaving for leaving early have been given by Councillor Stephen Brain

 

Apologies for arriving late have been received from Councillors Angela Cornforth and Allan MacCarthy

 

The Mayor commented that he and a few other Councillors have visited Councillor May who was in fine spirits and recovering well from her recent accident.

2.

Minutes

To agree the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 29 March 2017, the Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the Council held on 17 May 2017, and the Special Meeting of the Council held on 17 May 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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Resolved –

 

That the Minutes of the meeting of Full Council held on 29 March 2017, the Minutes of the Annual Meeting of Council held on 17 May 2017, and the Minutes of the Special Meeting of the Council held on 17 May 2017, be confirmed and signed as true and accurate records.

3.

Mayor's Announcements

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The Mayor announced that the Royal Greenwich Festivals and Greenwich Docklands and International Festival had begun and were holding events through to the end of July, and he invited Members to attend if they are had not already done so.

 

The Mayor stated that it was regretful that he should begin his role as Mayor by noting terrorist attacks, at the Manchester Arena, London Bridge, and Finsbury Park, and also the appalling tragedy at Grenfell Tower. He asked Council to join him in condemning the terrorist attacks, in extending their sympathies to all the victims of these events, and in praising all those involved in the various emergency services who dealt so well with those events.

 

The Mayor called upon the Leader of the Council, Councillor Denise Hyland to make a statement with regard to the safety of tower blocks in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. 

 

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Denise Hyland made the following statement:

 

I would like to express our sympathy to the victims of the tragic incident at Grenfell House in the Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, those who lost their lives and those injured. Also in our thoughts are all those who have been made homeless by this dreadful fire.

 

We also recognise that this tragedy, that none of us expected to happen in the 21st century, has devastated a community; many of them had already suffered previously in their lives and some people had come here to the UK to actually rebuild their lives.

 

We as a London Local Authority have responded to this emergency:

·        We have lowered the Union flag to half-mast;

·        We have opened a book of condolence and people from across the Borough are invited to come to the Town Hall to express their solidarity;

·        We have sent adult and children social workers, housing officers and press officers to Kensington and Chelsea to support the Local Authority’s emergency support effort.

I would personally like to thank the Chief Executive and all his staff who have responded so magnificently to this request and so unselfishly in terms of their own personal and family lives.

 

I have written to the Right Honourable Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government, to ask for resources so that this Council can implement the fire safety measures recommended by any Interim Fire Report following Grenfell.

 

The Council immediately wrote to residents of high-rise buildings (six storeys and above) to reassure them in the wake of the fire.  We are enhancing fire safety in our health and safety maintenance programme. The Council does not use Reynoblock, the cladding used on Grenfell Tower.  No Housing Association has identified any homes using this cladding either.  We have not had to send any samples to the Government’s building research facility for testing, as we do not use Aluminium Composite Material of the type that was use on Grenfell.  Whilst we have ensured that caretaking staff are making additional checks I would ask our  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

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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Resolved –

 

That the list of Councillors’ memberships as Council appointed representatives on outside bodies, joint committees and school governing bodies is 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

Complete the replacement of trees on the public right hand pavement running down from Court Road opposite house numbers 32 to 39

22 signatures

Councillor Nuala Geary

Directorate of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills

 

Concern with the traffic on Haimo Road and the dangers this causes to the local community, request change Haimo Road to a one-way street to reduce this hazard

213 signatures

 

Councillor Nuala Geary

 

Directorate of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills

 

Demand that Greenwich Council urgently take steps to prevent parking on Court Road between North Park and the Royal Blackheath golf club

19 signatures

 

 

Councillor Mark Elliott

 

Directorate of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills

The residents of Chesterford House, Shenfield House, Brentwood House and Winchester House demand that improvements are made to fire safety and prevention

62 signatures

Councillor Christine Grice

Directorate of Community Services

 

Urge the Leader of the Council to act now to stop forced schools reorganisations, by funding the schools to avoid the loss of staff and courses

231 signatures

Councillor Linda Bird

Directorate of Children’s Services

 

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.

 

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Public Questions pdf icon PDF 54 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 stated that Council had received 7 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 the minutes.

 

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Questions from Members pdf icon PDF 98 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 stated that 17 written questions had been received from Members of the Council.  The questions and replies, together with the supplementary submissions made during the meeting are attached as Appendix B to the minutes.

 

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

 

Councillor Matt Hartley asked the Cabinet Member for Transport, Economy and Smart Cities with regard to the Elizabeth Line bus routes consultation did he share the disappointment that the proposals did not include faster better connectivity to Eltham, and if so would he be including that in the Council’s representations to TfL. Councillor Sizwe James, the Cabinet Member for Transport, Economy and Smart Cities said they were process of putting together a response and he would brief Councillor Hartley after the meeting on the matter.

 

Councillor Spencer Drury asked the Cabinet Member for Culture, Creative Industries, and Community Well-Being if the principle that the Council was applying to Hervey Road was that national playing fields guidance said that no dogs could be walked where there is a sports pitch going to be applied to other parks and open spaces. Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald the Cabinet Member of Culture, Creative Industries, and Community Well-Being said the Council had a comprehensive policy for dog walkers across the Borough. The dog walkers of Hervey Road can go 15 minutes away to a space to walk their dog. The Council’s policy addressed those who were dog walkers and those who wanted sports activities.

 

Councillor Spencer Drury asked the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability how it was allowed to happen that there was £1.5 million Section 106 money past their deadline date. Councillor Danny Thorpe, the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability, said the Council had a commitment to bus services, but in order to make the biggest change they had to get to a certain point, so for example the cost of the 178 bus was in the region of £200,000. It was not that it had lapsed, or been overspent, it was just how allocated to make the biggest difference.

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 noted that no requests for matters to be taken early had been received.

 

11.

Community Safety Strategy 2017-20 pdf icon PDF 41 KB

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Decision:

Agreed the Community Safety Strategy 2017-20

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Councillor Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment, moved the report.

 

The matter was put to the vote and it was unanimously

 

Resolved -

 

That the Community Safety Strategy 2017-20be agreed

12.

Petition Responses pdf icon PDF 94 KB

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Decision:

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

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The Mayor stated he had received requests from three of the lead petitioners to speak.

 

The Mayor invited John Hayes to address Council in relation to the petition response setout in section 6 of the report.

 

Mr Hayes explained to Council the noise he had suffered from the ongoing works. He refuted that all complaints had been dealt with and related his experience of making a complaint to Environmental Health. He felt there was no accountability and he requested Council to reject the response.

 

Councillor Spencer Drury commented that he was not sure that all residents would agree with the response in the report and he asked if the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability would look at the matter and see if it was possible to improve procedures and acknowledge the problems that residents had had in the situation and see if there was a better way of doing it.

 

Councillor Danny Thorpe, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability apologised for the disruption to people, the Council had to tried to minimise the work but clearly there had been an impact. What had been experienced was unacceptable. He offered sincere apologies to Mr Hayes and his family for the disruption. He said what the Council needed to understand was why complaints had not been responded to as they should have, and he would work with the Cabinet Member for Customer Services and Anti-Fraud to sort that out, and he would work with the Director of Regeneration and Enterprise to ensure that the remainder of the works, which were nearly finished, if they were in an around Roper Street that they not take place in anti-social hours

 

The Mayor invited Terry Russell to address Council in relation to the petition response set out in section 7 of the report

 

Mr Russell referred to a map of the roads immediately surrounding the park which had been circulated to the Mayor and the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and the Environment and suggested a system could be set up to interrupt the motorcyclists. He was getting frustrated that he was not getting any feedback. He asked if the Royal Borough of Greenwich could work the London Borough of Bexley on the matter.

 

Councillor Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and the Environment informed Mr Russell the response was from the Police, rather than from the Council, and it was predominately a Police issue. Roads were not the responsibility of the Parks section. Police had limited resources and were not allowed to pursue in case there were claims about fatal accidents. She would liaise with the Police, and talk with Highways section see if something could be put in roads to slow them down, but she emphasised it was for the Police to liaise with Bexley.

 

The Mayor invited Steve Butcher in relation to the petition response as set out in section 9 of the report

 

Mr Butcher thanked the Council for the response and asked what were the timescales for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.