Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were presented on behalf of Councillors David Gardner, Maureen O’Mara, and Miranda Williams.

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 for consideration at this meeting.

3.

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.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

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

 

That it be noted that Councillor XXX declared a personal interest in Item X (title), as a family member works in the Disability & Sensory Team

 

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 54 KB

To agree, as a true and accurate record, the Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held on 29 March 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.

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the Minutes of the meeting of the Cabinet held on 29 March 2017 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Scheme and Estimate Report for the School Planned Maintenance Programme 2017/2018 pdf icon PDF 135 KB

To note that the Department for Education School Condition Allocation (SCA) for Royal Greenwich has been confirmed for 2017/18 at £2,518,102.  To note that the confirmed Royal Greenwich 2017/18 SCA represents a reduction of approximately 20.5% of the indicative allocation for Greenwich for 2017/18 which was announced by the DFE in February 2015.  To approve the implementation of the Planned Maintenance Programme for 2017/18.  To note that the report represents Scheme and Estimate approval for each of outlined scheme.

Decision:

Noted that the Department for Education School Condition Allocation (SCA) for Royal Greenwich has been confirmed for 2017/18 at £2,518,102.

 

Noted that the confirmed Royal Greenwich 2017/18 SCA represents a reduction of approximately 20.5% of the indicative allocation for Greenwich for 2017/18 which was announced by the DFE in February 2015. This reduction equates to the approximate percentage reduction in Royal Greenwich’s school estate based on the number of signed academy orders issued for maintained schools since the last SCA announcement.

 

Approved the implementation of the Planned Maintenance Programme for 2017/18 as set out in paragraph 4.3 and Section 8 of this report at a total value of £2,518,102 and which includes a 10% contingency allowance.

 

Noted that this report represents Scheme and Estimate approval for each of outlined scheme, such that each project can be implemented immediately.

 

Noted that a total of £274,809 from prior year programme will be rolled forward to support emergency works required during the year. This comprises of £74,809 of unutilised contingency; £100,000 for emergency works at Wingfield and Kidbrooke Park Primary Schools whilst the schools are being rebuilt; and a further £100,000 for emergency works across the Children’s Centre estate.

 

Agreed that the decision to amend the programme based on identified priorities within the agreed level of resources be delegated to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills in consultation with the Director of Children’s Services.

Minutes:

Members of the Cabinet considered the report and

 

Resolved –

 

1.            That it be noted that the Department for Education School Condition Allocation (SCA) for Royal Greenwich has been confirmed for 2017/18 at £2,518,102.

 

2.            That it be noted that the Royal Greenwich 2017/18 School Condition Allocation represents a reduction of approximately 20.5% of the indicative allocation for Greenwich for 2017/18 which was announced by the DFE in February 2015. This reduction equates to the approximate percentage reduction in Royal Greenwich’s school estate based on the number of signed academy orders issued for maintained schools since the last SCA announcement.

 

3.            That the implementation of the Planned Maintenance Programme for 2017/18 as set out in paragraph 4.3 and Section 8 of the report at a total value of £2,518,102 and which includes a 10% contingency allowance be approved.

 

4.            That it be noted that this report represents Scheme and Estimate approval for each of outlined scheme, such that each project can be implemented immediately.

 

5.            That it be noted that a total of £274,809 from prior year programme will be rolled forward to support emergency works required during the year. This comprises of £74,809 of unutilised contingency; £100,000 for emergency works at Wingfield and Kidbrooke Park Primary Schools whilst the schools are being rebuilt; and a further £100,000 for emergency works across the Children’s Centre estate.

 

6.            That the decision to amend the programme based on identified priorities within the agreed level of resources be delegated to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills in consultation with the Director of Children’s Services be agreed.

6.

Disposal of land to and development financing for Meridian Home Start pdf icon PDF 124 KB

To approve in principle the disposal of the freehold interest in the three Council owned sites listed in this report to Meridian Home Start Ltd (MHS).  To approve the loan agreement facility up to £27.6m (including 10% contingency) between the Royal Borough of Greenwich and MHS.  To approve £8.2m Right to Buy (RTB) funding agreement between The Royal Borough of Greenwich and MHS.  To approve in principle the disposal of land in front of Rochester Way Social Club site to MHS.  To note that the public open space will remain as publically accessible open space and will not be built on.  To agree to delegate authority to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills to agree further terms or minor revisions to the proposed terms of the Disposal.  To agree to delegate authority to the Director of Finance to agree further terms or minor revisions to the proposed terms of the loan.  To note annual progress reports of the development and operation of the schemes will be provided on a regular basis.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Approved in principle the disposal of the freehold interest in the three Council owned sites listed in this report to Meridian Home Start Ltd (MHS), on the terms set out in sections 5 and 6

 

Approved the loan agreement facility up to £27.6m (including 10% contingency) between the Royal Borough of Greenwich and MHS in accordance with the draw down conditions set out within the loan agreement, as detailed in Appendix 2, section 3.

 

Approved £8.2m Right to Buy (RTB) funding agreement between The Royal Borough of Greenwich and MHS, as detailed in Appendix 2, section 4;

 

Approved in principle the disposal of land classed as public open space land in front of Rochester Way Social Club site to MHS, subject to public consultation on the disposal of the open space land and reporting back to Cabinet any observations received from that consultation;

 

Noted that the public open space will remain as publically accessible open space and will not be built on;

 

Agreed to delegate authority to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills to agree further terms or minor revisions to the proposed terms of the Disposal.

 

Agreed to delegate authority to the Director of Finance to agree further terms or minor revisions to the proposed terms of the loan.

 

Noted annual progress reports of the development and operation of the schemes will be provided on a regular basis.

Minutes:

 

The Cabinet considered the report, and noted submission by a resident who addressed the meeting with a concern that the proposals were inconsiderate because the opportunity for the Council to undertake significiant development for residents who were in need of housing would be lost.  The resident suggested that Members should delay making a decision on two of the sites listed in the report, with a view to re-evaluate all options, including schemes by other local authorities who had successfully developed projects that delivered council housing exempt from Right-To-Buy (RTB). 

 

In response to questions raised, the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills advised Members that it was appropriate to propose to Cabinet to approve in principle the disposal of the freehold interest in the three Council-owned sites to Meridian Home Start Ltd (MHS) because the Council had to deliver housing within budget constraints.  Therefore, as an independent company, MHS could take RTB receipts and borrow money without affecting the Council’s Housing Revenue Account (HRA) borrowing cap.

 

The Director of Finance also confirmed to Members that because local authorities had restrictions placed upon them on how much to borrow, the proposals in the report represented the best possible options for the Council to take without breaching the HRA borrowing cap.

 

Councillor Danny Thorpe, Deputy Leader of the Council, concurred statements made by the Officers.  The meeting also noted confirmation by the Deputy that the Council was working with its partners within very restrictive rules to meet the local Labour Party’s manifesto commitment to deliver decent housing to residents in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. 

 

The Cabinet considered submissions made at the meeting and

 

Resolved –

 

1.         That it be agreed to approve in principle the disposal of the freehold interest in the three Council owned sites listed in this report to Meridian Home Start Ltd (MHS) on the terms set out in sections 5 and 6 of the report.

 

2.         That it be agreed to approve the loan agreement facility up to £27.6m (including 10% contingency) between the Royal Borough of Greenwich and MHS in accordance with the draw down conditions set out within the loan agreement, as detailed in Appendix 2, section 3 of the report.

 

3.         That it be agreed to approve £8.2m Right to Buy (RTB) funding agreement between The Royal Borough of Greenwich and MHS, as detailed in Appendix 2, section 4;

 

4.         That it be agreed to approve in principle the disposal of land classed as public open space land in front of Rochester Way Social Club site to MHS, subject to public consultation on the disposal of the open space land and reporting back to Cabinet any observations received from that consultation;

 

5.         That it be noted that the public open space will remain as publically accessible open space and will not be built on;

 

6.         That it be agreed to delegate authority to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills to agree further terms or minor revisions to the proposed terms of the Disposal.

 

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7.

Parks and Open Spaces Strategy pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To approve the adoption of the Parks and Open Spaces Strategy for Parks and Open Spaces owned and managed by the Council.  To agree that an annual report regarding the implementation of the Strategy be presented to the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Approved the adoption of the Parks and Open Spaces Strategy for Parks and Open Spaces owned and managed by the Council, shown at Appendix A.

 

Agreed that an annual report regarding the implementation of the Strategy be presented to the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment.

Minutes:

Members of the Cabinet considered the report and

 

Resolved –

 

1.     That the adoption of the Parks and Open Spaces Strategy for Parks and Open Spaces owned and managed by the Council, shown at Appendix A of the report, be approved.

 

2.     That it be agreed to present an annual report regarding the implementation of the Strategy to the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment.

8.

Additional Licensing of Houses in Multiple Occupation pdf icon PDF 105 KB

To agree that all Houses in Multiple Occupation (except those that are subject to mandatory licensing) in the Royal Borough of Greenwich are subject to additional licensing.  To agree that the designation comes into force on the 1 October 2017 and lasts for a period of five years.  To agree that this decision is exempt from call-in for the reasons set out the report.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Agreed that all Houses in Multiple Occupation (except those that are subject to mandatory licensing) in the Royal Borough of Greenwich are subject to additional licensing as set out in the report at Appendix 1which is referred to herein as the Designation Report.

 

Agreed that the designation comes into force on the 1 October 2017 and lasts for a period of five years.

 

Agreed that this decision is exempt from call-in for the reasons set out in section 3 of this report.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the report and

 

Resolved –

 

1.         That it be agreed that all Houses in Multiple Occupation (except those that are subject to mandatory licensing) in the Royal Borough of Greenwich are subject to additional licensing as set out in the report at Appendix 1which is referred to therein as the Designation Report.

 

2.         That it be agreed that the designation in relation to point “1” above comes into force on the 1 October 2017 and lasts for a period of five years.

 

3.         That it be agreed that the decision taken is exempt from call-in for the reasons set out in section 3 of the report.

9.

Royal Borough Risk Management Strategy pdf icon PDF 63 KB

To approve the revised Strategic Risk Register

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Approved the attached revised Strategic Risk Register (Appendix A).

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the report and

 

Resolved –

 

That the revised Strategic Risk Register (Appendix A) attached to the report, be approved.