Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes

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Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Panel.


Apologies for lateness were received from Councillor Paul Morrissey.


Apologies for leaving early were given by Councillors Mehbook Khan and Gary Parker.


Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items of urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.


There was no urgent business.


Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 65 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 Clive Mardner stated with regard to Item 5 that he was a member of Healthwatch.


Resolved –


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


Minutes pdf icon PDF 7 MB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meetings held on 11 February 2016, 12 April 2016 and 21 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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That the minutes of the meetings of the Regeneration, Transport and Culture Scrutiny Panel held on 11 February, 12 April and 21 July 2016 be agreed and signed as true and accurate records, subject to an amendment to those of 21 July 2016 under Item 5 page 3 as follows: 


Members noted the procurement process through which the contract for leisure services given to GLL was then extended to include libraries. Members raised concern about how the contract had been initially let and whether market testing had been done to ensure value for money had been achieved by putting the library services into the same contract.


The Assistant Director of Sport and Commissioning detailed the contract process, noting that the OJEU notice had the option to add in the library services. He said that while the contract was for a long time that was not particularly unusual.


Members to receive a briefing on the contract/procurement process for GLL in relation to the inclusion of the library service.

Action: Community Services


Air Quality in the Royal Borough pdf icon PDF 486 KB

To receive an update on progress and initiatives to improve air quality in the Royal Borough

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The Chair agreed to members of the public addressing the Panel, and invited them to address the Panel first. He informed them that if answers to questions could not be given during the meeting written answers would be supplied to them.


The Panel was addressed by Ian Blore, East Greenwich Residents Association (EGRA). He said EGRA paid tribute to Council's monitoring and welcomed the Greenwich low emission neighbourhoods (LENs) even if their effect on air quality might be small though they expressed concern about the public involvement in the schemes. They also noted that the Greater London Authority had awarded Greenwich clean air status. An estimate by King’s College, London, was that 1in 5 and possibly even 1 in 3 early deaths in Greenwich could be attributed to poor air quality. Air quality was an issue for young people and children, particularly those who were poor.  It was a public health crisis but it was not treated as such. 

1) Why was the Council not more proactive on the management of the air quality management area (AQMA)? The whole borough was an AQMA. Greenwich's Air Quality Annual Status Report for 2015 stated that "No new sources identified which would trigger assessment under the Mayor’s Technical Guidance" but that did not seem an appropriate response to a public health crisis. considering the planning schemes being or about to be undertaken in Peninsula Ward was it not time to undertake a thorough air quality assessment of their accumulative impacts and development a robust plan of actions that were within the Council's power such as refusing likely new sources of air pollution; maybe the LENs funds could fund such an assessment.

2) What is the position of the Council if any proposed development were to add to air pollution, particularly NO2 levelswhich were already about UK and EU limit values? Would the Council be guided by the Institute of Air Quality Management Guidance which suggested developments should be refused if they imposed a moderate or substantial adverse impact on an area?


The Panel was addressed by Monique Tomlinson, representing EGRA and other residents. She expressed concern about the development at Greenwich power station. She explained that TfL / London Underground had submitted a permit variation to the Environment Agency (EA) to add to their existing seven gas turbines which were run to a limit of 500 hours per year, six more gas engines to be run all the time. There had been confusion over what was happening, they were calling it an upgrade but it was an upscaling, people thought they were replacing engines when they were adding to them.  They had done an air quality assessment as part of their application. She and other residents were not happy with the application so they commissioned an independent review from an air quality consultant to look in particular at the NO2 emissions. The consultant found some of the data in London Underground's report to be confusing and dismissive of NO2  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Cabinet Member for Transport, Economy & Smart Cities Portfolio Update pdf icon PDF 200 KB

To receive a portfolio update on the Member for Transport, Economy & Smart Cities priorities


The Chair agreed to members of the public addressing the Panel, and invited them to address the Panel first. The Panel was addressed by Darryl Chamberlain who raised the following questions:

1) Has the Council reviewed its backing for Silvertown Tunnel now the Gallions Reach Bridge scheme has been dropped? Neither that nor the Belvedere Bridge appear in the TfL business plan and it's widely understood that both schemes have been quietly dropped?

2) We learned at the Silvertown Tunnel hearing last week that the Woolwich Road Flyover/Angerstein Roundabout has been removed from TfL's plan to upgrade road junctions to make them safer. It appeared under the last mayor's Better Junctions scheme, but apparently does not appear in the current mayor's Safer Junctions scheme, and work has been dropped because of the shortening of Cycle Superhighway 4 to Greenwich Town Centre. Can you tell me the current position and what the Council is doing to ensure this junction is made safer, whether or not the tunnel is built?


Councillor Sizwe James, Cabinet Member for Transport, Economy & Smart Cities, presented the report and highlighted the progress made against his Cabinet portfolio. He commented on the effect of population growth and its pressure on infrastructure and public services, while at the same time the community, business, visitors and students, had ever greater expectations of the Borough. They had to find new ways of doing things and it was felt that smart city innovation could form part of the solution. The priority now was to oversee the embedding of the smart city strategy and digital agenda to 2018 and beyond.


The Cabinet Member for Transport, Economy & Smart Cities gave an update to paragraph 5.5 of the report, informing the Panel that the Secretary of State had rejected the devolution of suburban rail services to the Mayor of London; the Leader of the Council had written to the Secretary of State expressing her disappointment in that decision and asking him to reconsider. In relation to Section 10 he informed the Panel that Street Feast were not now coming to the Woolwich Covered Market, and so they were now looking at two other providers. The traders at the Covered Market had submitted a petition saying they wanted more time and help to relocate.


In response to the points raised by Darryl Chamberlain the Cabinet Member for Transport, Economy & Smart Cities replied that the Council had been consistently supportive of a package of crossings with integrated public transport noting it was also about resilience and supporting growth; the matter of the Tunnel was now with the Planning Inspectorate to decide. They were pleased that the Mayor of London was committed to additional bus services through the Silvertown Tunnel, a DLR extension to Thamesmead, and a ferry from North Greenwich to Canary Wharf, but were disappointed about the absence of a specific reference to other crossings in the Business Plan and they would be asking the Mayor of London to review that position. Greenwich had argued that  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.


Review of Community Engagement and Access at The O2 pdf icon PDF 93 KB

To consider the use of the Royal Borough’s suite at The O2 for the period 24 June 2015 to 23 June 2016

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The report was presented by the Assistant Director - Democracy, Community & Cultural Services


In response to questions from the Panel the Assistant Director - Democracy, Community & Cultural Services replied that AEG had tightened up access to their promotional offers and they were now restricted to One Card holders. Greenwich One Card users were encouraged to sign up for email alerts so that they could be notified immediately of any offers.  The Assistant Director confirmed that they could encounter a loss from time to time as sales were dependent on what shows were on and their popularity. The Assistant Director confirmed that the cost of the suite reflected the price of the ticket plus a small administrative charge. A benefit of the box was that a number of tickets could be allocated to community groups


Consideration to be given as to how community groups were added to the contact list.

Action: Central Services


Resolved –


That the use of the Royal Borough’s suite at The O2 for the period

24 June 2015 to 23 June 2016 be noted.


Quarters 1 & 2 Performance Monitoring pdf icon PDF 121 KB

To receive an update on the Business Critical Indicators that are monitored by the Directorate of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills together with the latest performance outcomes

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The report was presented by the Assistant Director, Regeneration Enterprise and Skills (Transportation).


Resolved -


That the report be noted.


Commissioning Future Reports pdf icon PDF 51 KB

To note and comment on the amendments to the work programme and the items that are scheduled to be presented to the next meeting on 9 February 2017


Resolved -


That the report be noted.