Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for lateness were presented on behalf of Councillor Gardner.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.  It was noted that the comments of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee in relation to item 13 (Budget Update and Savings Proposal) had been published on a supplementary agenda.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 48 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 Thorpe declared a personal interest in item 10 (Conversion to Academy Status: Crown Woods College and Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys) as he was due to be take up a post at the Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys in September 2014.  Councillor Thorpe left the meeting during the consideration of this item and took no part in the discussion or vote. 

 

Councillor Gardner declared a personal interest in item 12 (Provision of a new Wheeled Sports Facility / Skateboard Park) as he lived in close proximity to Charlton Park.

 

Resolved -

 

That the list of Councillors’ Membership, as Council appointed representatives, on outside bodies, joint committees and School Governing bodies be noted.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 58 KB

To agree, as a true and accurate record, the Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held on 24 June 2014.

 

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.

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the Minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 24 June 2014 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Annual Report on the Effectiveness of Safeguarding Children in Royal Greenwich 2013-2014 pdf icon PDF 55 KB

The Cabinet is requested to note the 2013-14 Annual Report from the Independent Chair of the Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board about the effectiveness of local arrangements for safeguarding children.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the 2013-14 Annual Report from the Independent Chair of the Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board about the effectiveness of local arrangements for safeguarding children.

 

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the 2013-14 Annual Report from the Independent Chair of the Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board about the effectiveness of local arrangements for safeguarding children be noted.

 

6.

Council Priorities pdf icon PDF 61 KB

The Cabinet is requested to adopt the Manifesto commitments set out in Appendix A as the Council’s Priorities for 2014-18 with the amendment set out in 2.1 below in relation to disposal of organic waste; and, agree the Council Priorities for the period July 2014 to April 2015.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Adopted the Manifesto commitments set out in Appendix A as the Council’s Priorities for 2014-18 with the amendment set out in 2.1 in relation to disposal of organic waste.

 

Agreed the Council Priorities for the period July 2014 to April 2015.

 

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

a.            That that Manifesto commitments set out in Appendix A be adopted as the Council’s Priorities for 2014-18 with the amendment set out in 2.1 in relation to disposal of organic waste.

 

b.            That the Council Priorities for the period July 2014 to April 2015 be agreed.

 

7.

Royal Greenwich Local Plan: Core Strategy with detailed policies pdf icon PDF 103 KB

The Cabinet is requested to note the receipt of the Inspectors Report and recommend to Council that the Royal Greenwich Local Plan: Core Strategy with Detailed Policies (referred to in this report as the ‘Core Strategy’) and the accompanying Sustainability Appraisal be adopted.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the receipt of the Inspectors Report.

 

Agreed to recommend to Council that the Royal Greenwich Local Plan: Core Strategy with Detailed Policies (referred to in this report as the ‘Core Strategy’) and the accompanying Sustainability Appraisal be adopted.

 

Minutes:

The Chair, Councillor Hyland, reminded the Cabinet that the Royal Greenwich Local Plan: Core Strategy had been the subject of extensive consultation and had been through independent examination by the Secretary of State.  The Chair clarified that should Members wish to make any changes at this stage it would mean that the consultation would need to be restarted and the draft Core Strategy resubmitted to the Secretary of State. 

 

Councillor Hyland reminded the Cabinet that some of the land uses  envisaged in the Core Strategy were no longer relevant, e.g. the redevelopment of the Eltham Church of England Primary School’s Roper Street site for housing was not now being progressed as the School was being refurbished and remaining on its current site.  There would be subsequent opportunities to review the Local Plan and amend accordingly.

 

Resolved -

 

That it be agreed to recommend to Council that the Royal Greenwich Local Plan: Core Strategy with Detailed Policies (referred to in this report as the ‘Core Strategy’) and the accompanying Sustainability Appraisal be adopted.

 

8.

Royal Borough of Greenwich Parking Strategy pdf icon PDF 106 KB

The Cabinet is requested to note the outcome of public consultation on the draft parking strategy; approve for publication and implementation, the Royal Borough of Greenwich Parking Strategy set out within this report; and, agree that any proposals for changes to parking arrangements within the Royal Borough shall support the objectives and conform to the principles set out in the strategy.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the outcome of public consultation on the draft parking strategy.

 

Approved for publication and implementation, the Royal Borough of Greenwich Parking Strategy set out within this report,

 

Agreed that any proposals for changes to parking arrangements within the Royal Borough shall support the objectives and conform to the principles set out in the strategy.

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

a.            That the outcome of public consultation on the draft parking strategy be noted.

 

b.            That the Royal Borough of Greenwich Parking Strategy set out within this report, be approved for publication and implementation.

 

c.            That it be agreed that any proposals for changes to parking arrangements within the Royal Borough shall support the objectives and conform to the principles set out in the strategy.

9.

Waterside Close - making up of the highway pdf icon PDF 63 KB

The Cabinet is requested to agree that Council should resolve to execute the street works necessary to bring the highway at Waterside Close to an acceptable standard using the provisions of the Highways Act 1980.

 

Decision:

Agreed that Council should be requested to resolve to execute the street works necessary to bring the highway at Waterside Close to an acceptable standard using the provisions of the Highways Act 1980.

 

Minutes:

The proposal to make up the highway at Waterside Close, at no financial risk to the Authority, was welcomed.

 

Resolved –

 

That the Council should be requested to resolve to execute the street works necessary to bring the highway at Waterside Close to an acceptable standard using the provisions of the Highways Act 1980.

 

10.

Conversion to Academy Status: Crown Woods College, Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys pdf icon PDF 75 KB

The Cabinet is requested to note the decision of the Secretary of State to approve the application from Crown Woods College and Woolwich Polytechnic  School for Boys to convert to Academy status by 1 September 2014; agree to delegate to the Director of Finance authority to complete the formal agreements for the transfer of staff under TUPE arrangements; agree to the grant of a lease of the Woolwich Polytechnic School site to POLYMAT, the new Academy Trust, for a term of 125 years at peppercorn rent; agree to the grant of a lease of the Crown Woods College site to the Leigh Academy Trust for a term of 125 years at  peppercorn rent, subject to the terms of the PFI agreements; agree to delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills, authority to negotiate the detailed terms of the two leases; agree to delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills, authority to finalise all other legal agreements; and, agree to the above decisions being exempt from call in.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the decision of the Secretary of State to approve the application from each of the following schools to convert to Academy status by 1 September 2014:

 

·        Crown Woods College

·        Woolwich Polytechnic  School for Boys

 

Agreed to delegate to the Director of Finance authority to complete the formal agreements for the transfer of staff under TUPE arrangements.

 

Agreed to the grant of a lease of the Woolwich Polytechnic School site to POLYMAT, the new Academy Trust, for a term of 125 years at a peppercorn rent, in accordance with the relevant standard documentation produced by the Department for Education.

 

Agreed to the grant of a lease of the Crown Woods College site to the Leigh Academy Trust for a term of 125 years at a peppercorn rent, subject to the terms of the PFI agreements and in accordance with the relevant standard documentation produced by the Department for Education.

 

Agreed to delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills, authority to negotiate the detailed terms of the two leases referred to above.

 

Agreed to delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills, authority to finalise all other legal agreements as detailed in paragraph 4.4 of the report.

 

Agreed to the above decisions being exempt from call in for the reason detailed in paragraph 2.3 of the report.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Thorpe declared a personal interest in this as he was due to be take up a teaching post at the Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys in September 2014.  Councillor Thorpe left the meeting during the consideration of this item and took no part in the discussion or vote. 

 

Resolved  -

 

a.            That the decision of the Secretary of State to approve the application from each of the following schools to convert to Academy status by 1 September 2014 be noted:

 

·                    Crown Woods College

·                    Woolwich Polytechnic  School for Boys

 

b.            That it be agreed to delegate to the Director of Finance authority to complete the formal agreements for the transfer of staff under TUPE arrangements.

 

c.            That it be agreed to the grant of a lease of the Woolwich Polytechnic School site to POLYMAT, the new Academy Trust, for a term of 125 years at a peppercorn rent, in accordance with the relevant standard documentation produced by the Department for Education.

 

d.            That it be agreed to the grant of a lease of the Crown Woods College site to the Leigh Academy Trust for a term of 125 years at a peppercorn rent, subject to the terms of the PFI agreements and in accordance with the relevant standard documentation produced by the Department for Education.

 

e.            That it be agreed to delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills, authority to negotiate the detailed terms of the two leases referred to above.

 

f.             That it be agreed to delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills, authority to finalise all other legal agreements as detailed in paragraph 4.4 of the report.

 

g.            That it be agreed to the above decisions being exempt from call in for the reason detailed in paragraph 2.3 of the report.

 

11.

Determination of Statutory Proposals to Expand and Improve Special Educational Needs Provision in Royal Greenwich for pupils aged 11-19, with effect from September 2015. pdf icon PDF 149 KB

The Cabinet is requested to consider the prescribed alterations to Special Educational Need (SEN) provision within RBG set out in the proposals document, the representations received and the local authority’s response; agree to determine the proposals published in the Statutory Notice; and, agree proposals in relation to Willow Dene School and Moatbridge Special School.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the prescribed alterations to Special Educational Need (SEN) provision within RBG set out in the proposals document (Appendix 1); the representations received; and, the local authority’s response (see paragraph 4.23,  and Appendices 4 and 5 of the report);

 

Agreed to determine the proposals published in the Statutory Notice.

 

Agreed to the following proposals:

 

i.   Willow  Dene Special School

 

From September 2015, to raise the upper age range of Willow Dene Special School from 11 to 16 and establish a secondary phase to the school with 40 places for pupils aged 11to 16 at the Wickham Lane site of the school.

 

ii.  Moatbridge Special School

 

a)    To expand the school from September 2015 and establish in collaboration with Newhaven School additional provision at the Kings Park building Eltham Palace Road to provide :

 

·        35 new places for young people aged 11to16; 

·        20 post-16 places;

 

b)   To change the designation of the school from single sex to co-educational;

 

c)   To increase the range of need to be met at the school with the new provision specifically for young people with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and co-existing mental health and/or challenging behaviour. 

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

a.            That the prescribed alterations to Special Educational Need (SEN) provision within the Royal Borough of Greenwich set out in the proposals document (Appendix 1); the representations received; and, the local authority’s response (see paragraph 4.23,  and Appendices 4 and 5 of the report) be noted.

 

b.            That it be agreed to determine the proposals published in the Statutory Notice.

 

c.            That the following proposals be agreed:

 

i.   Willow  Dene Special School

 

From September 2015, to raise the upper age range of Willow Dene Special School from 11 to 16 and establish a secondary phase to the school with 40 places for pupils aged 11to 16 at the Wickham Lane site of the school.

 

ii.  Moatbridge Special School

 

a)    To expand the school from September 2015 and establish in collaboration with Newhaven School additional provision at the Kings Park building Eltham Palace Road to provide :

 

·   35 new places for young people aged 11to16; 

·        20 post-16 places;

 

b)   To change the designation of the school from single sex to co-educational;

 

c)   To increase the range of need to be met at the school with the new provision specifically for young people with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) and co-existing mental health and/or challenging behaviour. 

12.

Provision of a new Wheeled Sports Facility / Skateboard Park pdf icon PDF 74 KB

The Cabinet is requested to consider the information gathered by officers as a result of the proposed redevelopment of the Royal Arsenal Gardens; agree to Charlton Park as the preferred location for a new wheeled sports facility / skateboard park; and, agree that officers undertake the necessary procurement and consultation exercises with the capital cost to be contained within £380,000.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the information gathered by officers as a result of the proposed redevelopment of the Royal Arsenal Gardens.

 

Agreed to Charlton Park as the preferred location for a new wheeled sports facility / skateboard park.

 

Agreed that officers undertake the necessary procurement and consultation exercises with the capital cost to be contained within £380,000.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Gardner declared a personal interest in item 12 (Provision of a new Wheeled Sports Facility / Skateboard Park) as he lived in close proximity to Charlton Park.

 

The Chair, Councillor Hyland, informed Cabinet that there was an error on the appendix to the report as the area of land available in site B of Charlton Park is approximately 1100m² and not 500m² as originally stated.

 

In response to questions the Director of Community Safety and Environment undertook to write to Members with further details on the timescale for the proposed consultation and who was to be consulted.

 

Resolved –

 

a.            That the information gathered by officers as a result of the proposed redevelopment of the Royal Arsenal Gardens be noted.

 

b.            That it be agreed that Charlton Park is the preferred location for a new wheeled sports facility / skateboard park.

 

c.            That it be agreed that officers undertake the necessary procurement and consultation exercises with the capital cost to be contained within £380,000.

 

13.

Budget Update and Savings Proposals pdf icon PDF 125 KB

The Cabinet is requested to note the latest estimated position in respect of the 2015/16 budget strategy based upon settlement information received from DCLG in December 2013; note that a consultation on the financial position in respect of 2015/16 is now anticipated from DCLG in July 2014 and this has the potential to further change the forecast position; note the Budget principles agreed for the next Medium Term Financial Strategy; agree the first tranche of proposed savings attached at Appendix A, which are subject to (a)   in all cases to considering comments made by Overview and Scrutiny Committee, and (b) in the case of re-commissioning residential and supported living services for adults with learning disabilities, and grants to the third sector, to considering the results of statutory and other consultation and the outcome of equality impact assessments; agree to consult on the proposals for the future of residential and supported living services for adults with learning disabilities described within this report; agree to the resumption of incremental pay uplifts from 1st April 2015; and, agree to allocate £550k of one-off resources from the council tax freeze grant for a Ward Budget Scheme, inclusive of administration costs.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the latest estimated position in respect of the 2015/16 budget strategy based upon settlement information received from DCLG in December 2013.

 

Noted that a consultation on the financial position in respect of 2015/16 is now anticipated from DCLG in July 2014 and this has the potential to further change the forecast position.

 

Noted the Budget principles agreed for the next Medium Term Financial Strategy.

 

Agreed the first tranche of proposed savings attached at Appendix A of the report, subject:

 

(a)    in all cases to considering comments made by Overview and Scrutiny Committee, and

 

(b)   in the case of re-commissioning residential and supported living services for adults with learning disabilities, and grants to the third sector, to considering the results of statutory and other consultation and the outcome of equality impact assessments.

 

Agreed to consult on the proposals for the future of residential and supported living services for adults with learning disabilities described within this report, and to report back to Cabinet with the outcome of the consultation and subsequent recommendations.

 

Agreed to the resumption of incremental pay uplifts from 1st April 2015

 

Agreed to allocate £550k of one-off resources from the council tax freeze grant for a Ward Budget Scheme, inclusive of administration costs.

 

Noted the comments of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee in relation to the savings proposals.

Minutes:

The report was introduced by the Director of Finance who informed the Cabinet that the Government had issued revised forecasts on 23 July 2014 for the 2015/16 local government settlement.   It was stated that the early indication was that the Settlement would be similar to the assumptions and forecasts detailed in the report.

 

The Cabinet was informed of the current budget gap; the saving proposals that had been identified to date; and, the work that was being undertaken to further reduce the gap.

 

The meeting was addressed by the Branch Secretary of Unite who informed the Cabinet that he was concerned that there had not been any formal consultation with the trade unions about the budget savings; and that regular consultation meetings had not to date been scheduled.  Particular concern was expressed regarding the proposed changes to the Learning Disability Service; the transfer of a Customer Services post to GLL; and, the lack of clarity regarding the changes to the Youth Services and Parking Services.  The ending of the freezing of incremental payments from April 2015 was welcomed.

 

In response the Director of Adult and Older People’s Services stated that the changes to the Learning Disability Service were part of the personalisation of services and the trade unions and staff had been consulted. Should the proposal be agreed then subsequent to Cabinet they would be subject to further and more extensive consultation prior to a final decision being taken.  In relation to the Parking Service the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills confirmed that full consultation would be held in line with the Council’s Re-organisation Policy.  The Director of Finance confirmed that the Customer Services change related to the staffing of the main reception at the Eltham Centre which was currently shared with GLL.

 

Resolved -

 

a.        That the latest estimated position in respect of the 2015/16 budget strategy based upon settlement information received from DCLG in December 2013 be noted.

 

b.       That it be noted that a consultation on the financial position in respect of 2015/16 had now been received from DCLG in July 2014 and that the implications was being considered.

 

c.        That the Budget principles agreed for the next Medium Term Financial Strategy be noted.

 

d.       That the first tranche of proposed savings attached at Appendix A of the report be agreed, subject:

 

(i)      in all cases to considering comments made by Overview and Scrutiny Committee, and

 

(ii)     in the case of re-commissioning residential and supported living services for adults with learning disabilities, and grants to the third sector, to considering the results of statutory and other consultation and the outcome of equality impact assessments.

 

e.           That it be agreed to consult on the proposals for the future of residential and supported living services for adults with learning disabilities described within this report, and to report back to Cabinet with the outcome of the consultation and subsequent recommendations.

 

f.           That incremental pay uplifts be resumed from 1st April 2015

 

g.          That it be agreed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13.

14.

Third Sector Commissioning 2015/19 pdf icon PDF 118 KB

The Cabinet is requested to approve the proposed funding budget, incorporating a 10% reduction target, for the Third Sector Commissioning Framework 2015-19; approve the proposed commissioning priorities and commissioning principles; and, approve the process and timetable for the Third Sector Commissioning Framework 2015.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Approved the proposed funding budget, incorporating a 10% reduction target, for the Third Sector Commissioning Framework 2015-19 as set out in section 4 of the report.

 

Approved the proposed commissioning priorities and commissioning principles as set out in sections 5 and 6 of the report.

 

Approved the process and timetable for the Third Sector Commissioning Framework 2015 as set out in section 7 of the report.

Minutes:

The report was introduced by the Director of Housing who informed the Cabinet that it was proposed that additional time was allowed for the consultation and application period. It was stated that this would not impact on the overall timeline with Cabinet in January 2015 due to consider the recommendations of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee in relation to the representations received.  Cabinet noted that as a result of the additional time for the application process the timetable detailed in section 7 of the report would need to be subsequently updated.

 

Resolved –

 

a.            That the proposed funding budget, incorporating a 10% reduction target, for the Third Sector Commissioning Framework 2015-19 as set out in section 4 of the report be approved.

 

b.            That the proposed commissioning priorities and commissioning principles as set out in sections 5 and 6 of the report be approved.

 

c.            That the process and timetable for the Third Sector Commissioning Framework 2015 as set out in section 7 of the report be agreed subject to incorporating the changes proposed by the Director of Housing.

15.

Building New Industrial Estates: Development Proposal pdf icon PDF 70 KB

The Cabinet is requested to agree to the acquisition of a site at Nathan Way SE28 on the main terms set out in the exempt appendix 1 to this report; note the options for the development of this site to provide industrial units and a construction skills centre and in accordance with the estimated costs as set out in exempt Appendix 2; agree to progress a scheme which maximises the amount of industrial floor space developed on the site; agree that the Royal Borough of Greenwich Construction Craft Skills Centre is incorporated into the development with the building costs for the Skills Centre to be met from the Working Neighbourhood Fund; and, agree to delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills authority to agree any further terms required to progress the acquisition.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Agreed to the acquisition of a site at Nathan Way SE28 on the main terms set out in the exempt appendix 1 to the report.

 

Noted the options for the development of this site to provide industrial units and a construction skills centre and in accordance with the estimated costs as set out in exempt Appendix 2 to the report.

 

Agreed to progress a scheme which maximises the amount of industrial floor space developed on the site as set out in paragraph 3.6.3 of the report and that the budget allocated to the project be increased from £4.6m to £6.021m in order to facilitate this.

 

Agreed that the Royal Borough of Greenwich Construction Craft Skills Centre is incorporated into the development with the building costs for the Skills Centre to be met from the Working Neighbourhood Fund.

 

Agreed to delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills authority to agree any further terms required to progress the acquisition.

Minutes:

The report was introduced by the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills.

 

Resolved –

 

a.            That the acquisition of a site at Nathan Way SE28 on the main terms set out in the exempt appendix 1 to the report be agreed.

 

b.            That the options for the development of this site to provide industrial units and a construction skills centre, in accordance with the estimated costs as set out in exempt Appendix 2 to the report, be noted.

 

c.            That it be agreed to progress a scheme which maximises the amount of industrial floor space developed on the site as set out in paragraph 3.6.3 of the report and that the budget allocated to the project be increased from £4.6m to £6.021m in order to facilitate this.

 

d.            That it be agreed that the Royal Borough of Greenwich Construction Craft Skills Centre is incorporated into the development with the building costs for the Skills Centre to be met from the Working Neighbourhood Fund.

 

e.            That the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills be authorised to agree any further terms required to progress the acquisition.