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 Councillor Christine Grice.

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.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 49 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 Denise Hyland declared a Financial interest in agenda item 9, in relation to a beneficial interest.

 

Councillor Jackie Smith declared a Financial interest in agenda item 9, in relation to a beneficial interest.

 

Councillor Sizwe James declared a Financial interest in agenda item 9, in relation to a beneficial interest.

 

Councillor David Gardner declared a Personal interest in agenda item 10 in relation to the community sector.

 

Councillor Jackie Smith declared a Personal interest in agenda item 10 as on the board of Greenwich Young People's Theatre

 

Councillor Miranda Williams declared a Personal interest in agenda item 10 as on the board of Royal Borough of Greenwich Heritage Trust.

 

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 44 KB

To agree, as a true and accurate record, the Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held on 11 December 2018.

 

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 11 December 2018 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Cabinet Performance Report - High Level Objectives pdf icon PDF 98 KB

To note the appendices to the report which provide an overview of the Council’s performance across its high-level objectives.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the Appendices to the report which provide an overview of the Council’s performance across its high-level objectives

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the appendices to the report which provide an overview of the Council’s performance across its high-level objectivesbe noted.

6.

Live Well Infrastructure pdf icon PDF 300 KB

To agree to SLA funding to Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) and as a consequence agree direct award under contract standing orders.

Decision:

Agreed to SLA funding to Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) for £227,500 over 3 years for the delivery of social prescribing across the borough. This funding is in association with the Department of Health who will contribute £297,500 over the 3 years.

 

Agreed, as a consequence of the SLA funding, to the direct award under contract standing order 11.2 for the delivery of Greenwich Live Well Infrastructure to Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) for £1,845,000 over 3 years (inclusive of the SLA funding of £227,500)

 

Noted the contract will commence in April 2019 until March 2022.

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

1.       That the SLA funding to Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) for £227,500 over 3 years for the delivery of social prescribing across the borough be agreed. This funding is in association with the Department of Health who will contribute £297,500 over the 3 years.

 

2.       That, as a consequence of the SLA funding, the direct award under contract standing order 11.2 for the delivery of Greenwich Live Well Infrastructure to Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) for £1,845,000 over 3 years (inclusive of the SLA funding of £227,500) be agreed

 

3.       That the contract will commence in April 2019 until March 2022 be noted.

7.

Woolwich Leisure Centre pdf icon PDF 144 KB

To agree a preferred delivery route for the new leisure centre.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.       Approved a two-phased approach for the delivery of the new Woolwich Leisure Centre at Viscount House.

i. Phase One: New Woolwich Leisure Centre will be delivered directly by the Council.

ii. Phase Two: Residential scheme on the wider development site.

 

2.       Reconfirmed the inclusion of third party land - 14-20 Vincent Road, Vincent Road Garages and (subject to consultation with the residents) Troy Court within the proposed wider development shown in Appendix 1 of the report. In order to allow the potential for comprehensive development across the site.

 

3.       Agreed stakeholder engagement regarding the inclusion of 14-20 Vincent Road, Vincent Road Garages and Troy Court within the proposed wider development.

 

4.       Agreed to undertake community consultation (early 2019) to advise the client brief for the new leisure centre lead by Communities and Environment.

 

5.       Noted the procurement of a multi-disciplinary team to develop the following:

·        Detailed proposals for the new Leisure Centre Building (phase 1).

·        Undertake an options appraisal to determine the cost benefit of a wider scheme including 3rd party land to deliver a potential residential scheme (phase 2).

·        Develop a hybrid planning application on site (detailed planning application for the leisure centre and outline planning application for the residential development).

 

6.       Noted the new Woolwich Town Centre Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is being prepared and this supersedes any requirement for a site specific SPD. A borough wide update of the Local Plan: Site Allocations commenced in summer 2018.

 

7.       Agreed to extend the development budget as outlined in the financial considerations in Appendix 2 of the report.

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

1.       That a two-phased approach for the delivery of the new Woolwich Leisure Centre at Viscount House be approved.

i. Phase One: New Woolwich Leisure Centre will be delivered directly by the Council.

ii. Phase Two: Residential scheme on the wider development site.

 

2.       That the inclusion of third party land - 14-20 Vincent Road, Vincent Road Garages and (subject to consultation with the residents) Troy Court within the proposed wider development shown in Appendix 1 of the report, in order to allow the potential for comprehensive development across the site, be reconfirmed

 

3.       That the stakeholder engagement regarding the inclusion of 14-20 Vincent Road, Vincent Road Garages and Troy Court within the proposed wider development be agreed.

 

4.       That it be agreed to undertake community consultation (early 2019) to advise the client brief for the new leisure centre lead by Communities and Environment.

 

5.       That the procurement of a multi-disciplinary team to develop the following be noted:

·        Detailed proposals for the new Leisure Centre Building (phase 1).

·        Undertake an options appraisal to determine the cost benefit of a wider scheme including 3rd party land to deliver a potential residential scheme (phase 2).

·        Develop a hybrid planning application on site (detailed planning application for the leisure centre and outline planning application for the residential development).

 

6.       That the new Woolwich Town Centre Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is being prepared and this supersedes any requirement for a site specific SPD, and a borough wide update of the Local Plan: Site Allocations commenced in summer 2018 be noted.

 

7.       That it be agreed to extend the development budget as outlined in the financial considerations in Appendix 2 of the report.

8.

Request to implement a revised duty planner and pre-application service and Land Charges fee schedule pdf icon PDF 131 KB

To adopt a new schedule of Duty Planner, Pre-Application and Land Charge fees.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.       Adopted a new schedule of Duty Planner and Pre-Application Fees (attached as Appendix 1 to this Record of Decision) to take effect from 1 February 2019.

 

2.       Adopted a new schedule of Land Charges Fees (attached as Appendix 2 to this Record of Decision) to take effect from 1 February 2019.

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

1.       That a new schedule of Duty Planner and Pre-Application Fees (attached as Appendix 1 to this Record of Decision) to take effect from 1 February 2019 be adopted.

 

2.       That a new schedule of Land Charges Fees (attached as Appendix 2 to this Record of Decision) to take effect from 1 February 2019 be adopted.

9.

Council Tax Base 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 83 KB

To agree a council tax base for the whole authority area for 2019/20.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Recommended to Council -

 

1.       To agree a council tax base for the whole authority area for 2019/20 of 82,847.64 in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012.

 

2.       To agree an additional council tax base for the Gloucester Circus Garden Square area of the authority for 2019/20 of 96.18.

 

3.       To agree a continuance in 2019/20 of the Council Tax discount of 0% on Class A & Class B dwellings (second homes) and Class C & D dwellings (empty homes).

 

4.       To agree a Council Tax premium of 100% in 2019/20 in respect of the Long Term Empty dwellings (previously 50%).

 

5.       To agree a continuance in 2019/20 of the 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.

 

6.       To agree 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 2019/20.

 

7.       To note that the council tax base relevant to the Southern Region of the Environment Agency for flood defence levy apportionment purposes in 2019/20 is 5,387.60.

 

8.       To note that the council tax base relevant to the Thames Region of the Environment Agency for flood defence levy apportionment purposes in 2019/20 is 77,460.04.

Minutes:

Having declared an interest, Councillors Denise Hyland, Sizwe James and Jackie Smith left the meeting for the duration of the item.

 

The Chair thanked the Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources and the Assistant Director Corporate Finance & Deputy s151 Officer for their work on the matter.

 

Resolved –

 

That it be recommended to Council -

 

1.       To agree a council tax base for the whole authority area for 2019/20 of 82,847.64 in accordance with the Local Authorities (Calculation of Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012.

 

2.       To agree an additional council tax base for the Gloucester Circus Garden Square area of the authority for 2019/20 of 96.18.

 

3.       To agree a continuance in 2019/20 of the Council Tax discount of 0% on Class A & Class B dwellings (second homes) and Class C & D dwellings (empty homes).

 

4.       To agree a Council Tax premium of 100% in 2019/20 in respect of the Long Term Empty dwellings (previously 50%).

 

5.       To agree a continuance in 2019/20 of the 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.

 

6.       To agree 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 2019/20.

 

7.       To note that the council tax base relevant to the Southern Region of the Environment Agency for flood defence levy apportionment purposes in 2019/20 is 5,387.60.

 

8.       To note that the council tax base relevant to the Thames Region of the Environment Agency for flood defence levy apportionment purposes in 2019/20 is 77,460.04.

10.

Final Funding Recommendations - Third Sector Commissioning 2019-2023 pdf icon PDF 143 KB

To consider the provisional grant recommendations following evaluation of the applications received and in light of the comments from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee. To note that an additional consultation stage may be required should the adoption of O&S Committee recommendations lead to proposals to reduce amounts awarded to organisations who have not as yet been consulted on the proposed reductions. To note the outcome of the third stage Equalities Impact Assessment

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.       Agreed the provisional grant recommendations at Appendix 1 of the report following evaluation of the applications received and in light of the comments from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Appendix 2 of the report) following its consideration of review submissions from third sector organisations. Agreed the responses to the four grant recommendations and five process recommendations at Appendix 6 of the report.

 

2.       Noted that an additional consultation stage may be required should the adoption of O&S Committee recommendations lead to proposals to reduce amounts awarded to organisations who have not as yet been consulted on the proposed reductions.

 

3.       Considered and Noted the outcome of the third stage Equalities Impact Assessment provided at Appendix 5 of the report which is outlined in section 5.

 

4.       Noted that once the decision to proceed with grant awards has been taken, in line with Cabinet’s decision on 17th October 2018, officers will work with organisations to develop service delivery plans by end March 2019. Noted that a final report summarising the outcomes of this process with recommendations for learning will be submitted to Cabinet in Summer 2019.

 

5.      Agreed that the information detailed in Appendices 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 are not subsequently released to the press or public under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12a, Part 1, Paragraph 3 on the following grounds:

·        Information relating to financial business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

Noted that a summary of successful awards will be published at a later date.

Minutes:

The Chair stated the reason why the appendices were exempt material.

 

During general discussion of the matter it was noted that the process had run smoothly; the Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and the Third Sector, Overview and Scrutiny, and the relevant Officers were thanked for their work on the matter. While government cuts reduced the amounts available, it was noted that the Council still provided a  significant stream of funding for the third sector and supported the third sector in other ways, and that it might be possible to help them secure other funding from elsewhere.

 

The Director of Communities and Environment presented the recommendations, per area.

 

Councillor David Gardner, having declared an interest, left the meeting while the Communities & Environment recommendations were discussed.

 

Councillors Jackie Smith and Miranda Williams, having declared an interest, left the meeting while the Strategic Arts and Culture recommendations were discussed.

 

Resolved –

 

1.       That the provisional grant recommendations at Appendix 1 of the report following evaluation of the applications received and in light of the comments from the Overview and Scrutiny Committee (Appendix 2 of the report) following its consideration of review submissions from third sector organisations be agreed. That the responses to the four grant recommendations and five process recommendations at Appendix 6 of the report be agreed.

 

2.       That an additional consultation stage may be required should the adoption of O&S Committee recommendations lead to proposals to reduce amounts awarded to organisations who have not as yet been consulted on the proposed reductions be noted.

 

3.       That the outcome of the third stage Equalities Impact Assessment provided at Appendix 5 of the report which is outlined in section 5 be considered and noted.

 

4.       That once the decision to proceed with grant awards has been taken, in line with Cabinet’s decision on 17th October 2018, officers will work with organisations to develop service delivery plans by end March 2019 be noted. That a final report summarising the outcomes of this process with recommendations for learning will be submitted to Cabinet in Summer 2019 be noted.

 

5.      That it be agreed that the information detailed in Appendices 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 are not subsequently released to the press or public under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 Schedule 12a, Part 1, Paragraph 3 on the following grounds:

·        Information relating to financial business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information).

that a summary of successful awards will be published at a later date be noted.