Greenwich Council

Agenda and decisions

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

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

Note: The deadline for public questions is 12 noon on Wednesday, 24 January 2018 

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1.

Apologies for absence

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Minutes

To agree the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 13 December 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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Mayor's Announcements

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Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 39 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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Notice of Members wishing to exceed the 5 minute rule

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Petitions

Presentation to the Council of petitions for consideration.

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Public Deputations on matters not otherwise on the agenda

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Public Questions pdf icon PDF 67 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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Questions from Members pdf icon PDF 117 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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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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Council Tax Base 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 59 KB

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Agreed a council tax base for the whole authority area for 2018/19 of 80,180.58 in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012.

 

Agreed an additional council tax base for the Gloucester Circus Garden Square area of the authority for 2018/19 of 94.25.

 

Agreed a continuance in 2018/19 of the Council Tax discount of 0% on Class A & Class B dwellings (second homes) and Class C & D dwellings (empty homes).

         

Agreed a continuance in 2018/19 of the Long Term Empty Premium of 50%.

 

Agreed a Council Tax discount of 100% in respect of Royal Borough of Greenwich resident care leavers, aged under 25, in line with the decision of Council in March 2017.

 

Agreed that no changes will be made to the Local Council Tax Support Scheme adopted by the Council on 30 January 2013 and the Scheme will be continued for 2018/19.

 

Noted that the council tax base relevant to the Southern Region of the Environment Agency for flood defence levy apportionment purposes in 2018/19 is 5,288.83.

 

Noted that the council tax base relevant to the Thames Region of the Environment Agency for flood defence levy apportionment purposes in 2018/19 is 74,891.75.

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Petition Responses pdf icon PDF 83 KB

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

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Motion - "Council calls for additional spending, and funding for increased capacity and staffing, for the NHS" pdf icon PDF 46 KB

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Resolved –

 

Council congratulates and thanks all local NHS staff for their dedicated and professional care to the people of Greenwich particularly at this time of unprecedented demand and with such insufficient resources.   Council also thanks our Emergency Team and Social Care colleagues for their tireless work.

 

Council notes that the Chancellor produced £1.6bn for the NHS in the next financial year.  Council further notes that the King’s Fund, the Health Foundation and the Nuffield Trust – the three main independent health bodies – called for a minimum additional £4bn for NHS England in 2018/19 and £20bn by 2022.

 

Council is deeply concerned about the cancellation of routine elective procedures in January and sympathises with Greenwich patients for the pain anxiety and inconvenience this has caused to Greenwich patients. 

 

Council further notes that, as the King’s Fund reports, the number of hospital beds is at an all time low – amongst the lowest per head in the EU and with the sharpest rate of reduction whilst the UK has amongst the highest rate of population growth.  Locally the QEH’s A&E department was designed for fewer than 100 admissions per day.  Yet some days now the admission numbers exceed 500.

 

Inadequate resourcing is causing these crises.

 

Council calls on the Government to commit to additional spending for NHS England adequate to address the problems we now see and residents experience.  We further call on the Government also to fund increased capacity and staffing in all areas of high pressure and growth – including our borough.

 

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Motion - "Council calls for X161 express bus route to Crossrail" pdf icon PDF 45 KB

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Resolved –

 

Council notes the enormous benefits that the Elizabeth Line will bring to the borough. Council believes these benefits should be spread right across the borough – including residents living in the south and west of the borough as well as the north and east.

 

Council supports moves for some improved cycling and public transport connections with the new Elizabeth Line stations in Woolwich and Abbey Wood, especially the new 301 service and capacity enhancements on other routes.  However, Council is disappointed that the opportunity has not been taken to boost north-south connections across the borough. We call upon the Mayor of London to reconsider the options for how those in communities away from Elizabeth Line stations can be connected to the new train service, either through improved bus priority measures or adjusting the bus network.

 

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Motion - "Taxicard Cuts" pdf icon PDF 36 KB

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Resolved –

 

Council is concerned with the Government’s hostile attitude towards London with deep cuts to transport, infrastructure and police budgets. The TfL grant has been cut by £600 million leaving London as the only global city with no public subsidy to run its transport system.

 

Labour Leaders and Borough Transport Leads have engaged constructively with the Mayor of London and Deputy Mayor for Transport to protect essential services for Londoners.

 

Council congratulates Mayor Khan on his commitment to ensure Taxicard continues to provide an invaluable service for over 2,000 residents in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

 

Council welcomes the Mayor of London's fares freeze and introduction of the bus hopper ticket, and condemns the Government for record increases in train fares.

 

The Council requests the Leader of the Council to write formally to the Government to request a reversal of the £600 million cut to the TfL operating grant, reversal of cuts to policing and investment in essential infrastructure such as Crossrail 2, extensions of the DLR and Bakerloo line to benefit residents of this borough.

 

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Motion - "Thrive LDN" pdf icon PDF 30 KB

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Resolved –

 

This Council acknowledges many Londoners experience poor mental health.  In the Royal Borough of Greenwich, there may be as many as 50,000 people who suffer from some form of poor mental health, or who experience a mental illness at some time in their life.  People can experience a single episode of poor health or a lifelong, profoundly debilitating condition. Council notes that London experienced a 30% rise in suicides in the year 2014-2015, resulting in 735 fatalities.  Council also notes the positive work done by our NHS and other partners to provide care and support recovery.

 

The Royal Borough of Greenwich commits itself to:

·        Work with Thrive LDN to empower individuals and communities supporting those affected by mental illness 

·        Work with partners to find new ways of supporting good mental health

·        Play a leading role in reducing stigma

·        Work towards the shared aspiration of a zero suicide London