Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

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1.

Apologies for absence

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Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Barbara Barwick, Rajinder James, Paul Morrissey, Harpinder Singh, David Stanley and Miranda Williams.

 

Apologies for arriving late were received from Councillors Charlie Davis and Aidan Smith.

 

Apologies for leaving for leaving early were given by Councillors Bill Freeman, Mark James and Maureen O’Mara.

 

2.

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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That the minutes of the Council Meeting held on 13 December 2017 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

3.

Mayor's Announcements pdf icon PDF 38 KB

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Councillor Denise Hyland, Leader of the Council, and, Councillor Matt Hartley, Leader of the Minority Group, made statements about the Lee Rigby unofficial memorial and are attached at the Annexe to the Minutes.

 

Members applauded the statements.

 

There was heckling from the public gallery during the statements, with some members of the public expressing their opinion about the Lee Rigby unofficial memorial. As this became of such a nature as to interrupt proceedings the Mayor, under Part 4, A1.93 of the Council’s Constitution, called for the removal of those interrupting the meeting.

 

The Mayor adjourned the meeting of Council at 7.22pm.

 

The Mayor reconvened the meeting of Council at 7.37pm.

 

The Leader of the Council informed Council that, in relation to the Council’s motion of 18 October 2017 with regard to opting out rather than opt in with regard to organ donation, the Government had thanked the Royal Borough of Greenwich for promoting the matter. The Government was now consulting until 6 March on the opt out, and it was understood that the Government were putting their weight behind the idea of opting out. If Members had any queries on the campaign they were advised to talk to Councillor David Gardner, the Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care.

 

The Mayor announced that on the 24 January at the Future Fleet Forum 2018, the Royal Borough of Greenwich won an award for the “most sustainable fleet management department”. He called on the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment to present the award.  

 

Councillor Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment, presented the award to Mirsad Bakalovic, the Assistant Director Street Services, Parks and Open Spaces.

4.

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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Resolved –

 

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

 

2.       That the follow declarations of interest be noted:

 

Councillor Clive Mardner declared a Financial interest in agenda item 12, in relation to a second property in the Borough.

 

Councillor Denise Hyland declared a Financial interest in agenda item 12, in relation to a second property in the Borough.

 

Councillor Jackie Smith declared a Financial interest in agenda item 12, in relation to a second property in the Borough.

 

Councillor Mark Elliott declared a Financial interest in agenda item 12, in relation to a second property in the Borough.

 

Councillor Matt Clare declared a Financial interest in agenda item 12, in relation to a second property in the Borough.

 

Councillor Norman Adams declared a Financial interest in agenda item 12, in relation to a second property in the Borough.

 

Councillor Sizwe James declared a Financial interest in agenda item 12, in relation to a second property in the Borough.

 

Councillor Chris Lloyd declared a Personal and Financial interest in agenda item 14, having accepted employment with London Ambulance Service.

 

Councillor Clare Morris declared a Personal interest in agenda item 14, as holds an honorary contract with Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.

 

Councillor David Gardner declared a Personal interest in agenda item 14, as a governor at Oxleas Foundation Trust.

 

Councillor Denise Hyland declared a Personal interest in agenda item 14, as shadow health lead on London Councils Leaders Committee.

 

Councillor Mark James declared a Personal and Financial interest in agenda items 15 and 16, as an employee of Transport for London.

5.

Notice of Members wishing to exceed the 5 minute rule

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The Council noted that there had been no requests to exceed the five minute rule.

6.

Petitions

Presentation to the Council of petitions for consideration.

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The following petitions were presented at the meeting:

 

Subject and Number of Signatures

Presenting Councillor

Lead Department

Planting of street trees in Dinsdale Road

52 signatures

Councillor

Geoffrey Brighty

Directorate of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills

 

Subject and Number of Signatures

Presenting Councillor

Lead Department

A 20 mph zone for Sidewood Road, Cradley Road, Keightley Drive and Beaverbank Road

69 signatures

Councillor

Matt Clare

Directorate of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills

 

Subject and Number of Signatures

Presenting Councillor

Lead Department

Objections to Planning Application 0 Orangery Lane

57 signatures

Councillor

Linda Bird

Directorate of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills

 

7.

Public Deputations on matters not otherwise on the agenda

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The Council noted that there had been no requests for public deputations.

 

8.

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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The Mayor stated that Council had received 13 written questions by members of the public.  The questions and replies, together with the supplementary submissions made during the meeting are attached as Appendix A to the minutes.

 

9.

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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The Mayor stated that 28 written questions had been received from Members of the Council.  The questions and replies, together with the supplementary submissions made during the meeting are attached as Appendix B to the minutes.

 

Under procedures for oral questions, the Mayor invited questions to Members of the Cabinet for response.

 

Councillor Charlie Davis asked the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability if the street cleaner machine for Eltham, currently in Plumstead, would be given back to Eltham. The Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability suggested that the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment would be able to take Councillor Davis on a tour of the streets of Eltham to show him that they were as clean as in all other areas of the borough.

 

Councillor Matt Clare, referring to the resignation of Claire Kober as the leader of Haringey Council in what the press had described as the face of Corbynite bullying, asked the Leader of the Council what assurance could she give that the democratically elected councillors in Greenwich Council were not subject to similar forms of what the press had referred to.  The Leader of the Council commented on Haringey’s joint venture development vehicle and the concerns about it. The Leader explained that she had signed the letter in support for Claire Kober for one reason only and that was the issue of local Councillors being able to make their own decisions; she had not wanted a precedent to be set.

 

Councillor Spencer Drury asked the Cabinet Member for Housing and Anti-Poverty with regard to the Strongbow Crescent roof whether it was fair to ask leaseholders, having paid 13 years ago with a 15 year guarantee, to pay again given that that Council had a roof installed that were not fit for purpose, surely that was the Council’s fault and it was unreasonable to ask the leaseholders to pay again. The Cabinet Member for Housing and Anti-Poverty replied that the roofing was the accepted method at that time, so it was the right decision to install it at that time. There were more modern methods of roofing which could provide a roof with a 20 year lifespan. It was proper that if a roof previously installed was now seen to be problematic and the residents were having problems then the Council had to do something.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley, referring to the Royal Borough of Greenwich being one of eight councils involved in water re-selling deals and a legal ruling which could mean money being paid to Council tenants who had been overcharged, and a Freedom of Information request which showed Greenwich had not set any money aside for those re-payments, asked if that was the case, what the Council’s position was, and how many residents could be affected.

 

The Leader of the Council explained to Council this was referring to a case where someone had taken Southwark Council to court claiming that authority was making money re-selling water, with Southwark maintaining that they were just  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

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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Minutes:

The Mayor noted that no requests for matters to be taken early had been received.

 

11.

Council Tax Base 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 59 KB

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Decision:

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.

Minutes:

Councillors who had declared an interest left the meeting for the duration of the item.

 

The item was moved by Councillor Danny Thorpe, Deputy Leader of the Council.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley indicated support for the report, in particular the exemption of care leavers.

 

In accordance with The Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England)

(Amendment) Regulations 2014, the Chief Executive called a recorded vote.

 

Councillors T. Ashikodi, D. Austen, O. Babatola, L. Bird, S. Brain, G. Brighty, M. Brinkhurst, P. Brooks, A. Cornforth, C. Davis, S. Drury, J. Fahy, B. Freeman, D. Gardner, N. Geary, C. Grice, M. Hartley, M. Hayes, J. Hills, A. Hisbani, M. James, M. Khan, C. Kirby, A. Lekau, C. Lloyd, A. MacCarthy, C. May, S. Merrill, C. Morris, M. Morrow, S. Offord, M. O’Mara, C. Parker, G. Parker, D. Scott-McDonald, A. Smith, D. Thorpe, and R. Walker voted for the recommendations.

 

No Members voted against.

 

No Members abstained.

 

It was therefore

 

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1.       That 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 be agreed.

 

2.       That an additional council tax base for the Gloucester Circus Garden Square area of the authority for 2018/19 of 94.25 be agreed.

 

3.       That 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) be agreed.

         

4.       That a continuance in 2018/19 of the Long Term Empty Premium of 50% be agreed.

 

5.       That 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 be agreed.

 

6.       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 be agreed.

 

7.       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 be noted.

 

8.       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 be noted.

12.

Petition Responses pdf icon PDF 83 KB

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Decision:

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

Minutes:

The Mayor stated he had received requests from two of the lead petitioners to speak.

 

The Mayor invited Terry Powley, on behalf of John Webb, to address Council in relation to the petition response set out in section 3 of the report.

 

Terry Powley, of the Save Avery Hill Winter Garden Campaign, said the campaign group were encouraged that progress had been made, and noted the actions taken. However, they were disappointed that no reference had been made to the restoration of the Winter Garden or the revival of the lottery bid, which was odd as the restoration was the focus of the petition and of the motion at the Council of 18 October 2017. It was hoped this omission was not a change in policy. He commented on a meeting with the Council and the University of Greenwich that month with regard to relaunch of the  lottery bid and the maintenance of the Winter Garden, and looked forward to the next meeting in February. There remained issues to be resolved: firstly was the Winter Garden an integral part of the offer made by the ESFA, secondly if so was the new putative owner aware of urgency of submitting a revived lottery bid, thirdly how much funding was needed to restore the Winter Garden, and fourthly will the new owner accept public access to the listed parts of the mansion.

 

Councillor Danny Thorpe, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability, thanked Terry Powley. He explained that the Council had requested all documentation to do with the bid from the University, they had not done so, so the Council had asked them again. All of them wanted to see the Winter Garden restored, the question of funding was to be debated, but the University having acquired the site for £1 had a moral obligation to invest some of their profits into it.

 

Councillor Nuala Geary noted the steps outlined to hold the University to account, but she was concerned that the University continued to blatantly ignore their responsibilities in terms of maintaining the fabric of building. Councillor Geary wondered what action the Council could actually take if the University continued to ignore the essential works that needed to be carried out.

 

The Mayor invited Caroline Smith and Ed Delegano, on behalf of Vito Marino, to address Council in relation to the petition response set out in section 5 of the report.

 

Caroline Smith and Ed Delegano spoke in support of the business and requested that the Council review the situation.

 

Councillor Danny Thorpe, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability thanked Vito Marino and his supporters.  He acknowledged that the premises had been popular. He said the fundamental issue was the land ownership, it was not a piece of land that the Council was bringing forward to be marketed, but they would be happy to support Vito Marino to find an appropriate place elsewhere in Woolwich Town Centre. Location was the issue.

 

Councillor David Gardner noted that a lot of his constituents  ...  view the full minutes text for item 12.

13.

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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Decision:

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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.

 

Minutes:

Councillor David Gardner moved the motion, which he detailed. He commented on the experience of the NHS under Conservative and Labour governments.

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Cherry Parker. She noted how as co-chair of the Healthier Communities and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Panel she had seen the impact of austerity on public services. She commented on the NHS funding gap. She highlighted how the Scrutiny Panel heard of the threat to the local hospital trust, in particular how a musculoskeletal contract worth £75million was to be given to the private sector by the CCG with no protection for local hospitals until the Scrutiny Panel demanded a range of safeguards. She commented on the pressures experienced by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. She said that decisions were increasingly being driven by a 6-borough plan which had done nothing for Greenwich and had only caused problems. Noting the financial problems faced by the Hospital she suggested a cynic might argue there was a top down conspiracy to push the Queen Elizabeth Hospital into special measures or worse. She stressed there was a big question about local accountability. She observed that the Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care was taking ambitious steps to explore with the trust the potential to redevelop the Queen Elizabeth Hospital site as a health promoting campus and improving the hospital itself, including how the Council might help them to review how they manage their PFI debt. The Council was also working to reduce fragmentation by investing in integrated services. Public Health England had recently praised the Royal Borough of Greenwich in meeting its legal duty to improve the health of its residents; the Council was regarded as a beacon for innovation in a tough financial environment.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley proposed the amendment to the motion, as detailed in the published Tabled Items agenda. He dismissed the notion of conspiracy theories.

 

The amendment was seconded by Councillor Mark Elliott.

 

Councillor David Gardner did not accept the amendment.

 

Councillors John Fahy, Danny Thorpe, Stephen Brain, Denise Hyland, Linda Bird, and Jackie Smith spoke in support of the motion. The work of health practitioners, and of the Healthier Communities and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Panel was recognised. The current state of the NHS was commented upon, and personal experiences related. The NHS was broken and under underfunded. The amount the Government put in to the NHS was not enough. What had to be addressed was that privatisation was having a fundamental impact on the NHS, which cost more and was not accountable. The number of private contrasts was noted, including those given to Virgin Care. The contract given to the Virginia Madison Institute was highlighted, and that it had just failed an inspection of its flagship hospital in Seattle. The experience of the NHS under Labour was detailed, while it was recalled that Virginia Bottomley had closed hospitals in the Borough. It was noted the single biggest issue for Conservative voters was the NHS, and that Conservative MP  ...  view the full minutes text for item 13.

14.

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

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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.

 

Minutes:

Councillors who had declared an interest left the meeting.

 

Councillor Matt Clare moved the motion, which he detailed. He applauded the fact that Crossrail had been gained for the Borough. However, Eltham and Mottingham had infrequent trains, Shooters Hill had no rail at all and the PTAL rating was amongst the lowest in London. He commented that it currently took the 161 bus 21 minutes to get from Eltham High Street to Crossrail in Woolwich, whereas as an express route could take 10 minutes from that time. The proposal could be done at low cost by replacing buses at rush hour. The proposal would give residents in the south of the Borough the benefit of Crossrail. 

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Matt Hartley, who reserved his right to speak.

 

Councillor Sizwe James proposed the amendment to the motion, as detailed in the published Tabled Items agenda. He advised Council that last Summer TfL had consulted on future bus routes and how to get to the new Elizabeth line stations at Abbey Wood and Woolwich. He highlighted that he had organised a briefing to Members on 21 June 2017 to explain TfL’s rationale, which was to look at who had direct links and who could achieve it in one or two changes, factoring in journey times and distance from stations, and looking at the existing network they would see where the gaps were. TfL said the challenge for Eltham was journey time and distance, and they felt that an express route would only shave off about 5-6 minutes. They questioned if people would go past Mottingham and Eltham to get to Woolwich when they could get frequent trains from those places. Members were told there was little  money left for bus service changes, there was falling passenger demand, and there was no Government subsidy; every penny spent had to be justified and have a worthwhile cost ratio and an express 161 would not be much quicker and it would not have sufficient demand. He said it was appreciated that residents in the south of the Borough wanted better access to London, and if there were better rail services they could; the Council and TfL were pressing the Government to devolve rail services to the Mayor of London so they can be improved. New bus services would require funding. The Council had continually argued for better north-south links but they needed to be realistic, there was no evidence to show that an X161 would provide sufficient fare revenue to fund itself.

 

The amendment was seconded by Councillor David Gardner.

 

Councillor Matt Clare did not accept the amendment.

 

Councillor David Gardner said the amendment was more practical and gave the Council more room to manoeuvre with the Mayor of London. They needed to campaign more broadly to look at other options.

 

Councillor Matt Clare said in terms evidence for TfL, they had spoken with local residents. He was conscious of the financial challenges. While he accepted Councillor Gardner’s point, the reason  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.

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Motion - "Taxicard Cuts" pdf icon PDF 36 KB

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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.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Matt Hartley moved the motion, which he detailed.

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Charlie Davis, who reserved his right to speak.

 

Councillor Mehboob Khan proposed the amendment to the motion, as detailed in the published Tabled Items agenda. He said the facts were clear before Christmas. Prior to Christmas The Leader of the Council had contacted the Deputy Mayor for Transport, and was given assurances that the Taxicard scheme would continue in its present form, and City Hall had briefed London borough Cabinet Members on TfL’s financial position and were told the Taxicard scheme would continue which would have been known to the Conservatives. He added that the Government had cut the TfL operating budget by £600 million. London was the only global city not to get a public subsidy for its transport system. He commented on other cuts made by the Government. But despite these financial challenges the Mayor of London was doing his best to invest in London’s transport. He said credit was to be given to the Mayor of London for dealing with Government cuts while providing an excellent service and giving a guarantee that Taxicard will continue. With regard to the 13% budget cut if TfL could find ways to improve efficiency in the administration of Taxicard and find a 13% saving and provide exactly the same service that would be good financial management. He clarified that the amendment was because residents in the borough might have believed what the Conservatives were saying which were not truths but scaremongering of some of the most vulnerable residents of the borough.

 

The amendment was seconded by Councillor Sizwe James.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley did not accept the amendment.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley queried whether Councillor Mehboob Khan had an interest in the motion as he worked for London Councils. Councillor Mehboob Khan stated he did not have an interest as the motion was not to do with London Councils.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley said he had previously asked if the matter had been raised with the Mayor of London and they had just learned that the matter had been raised with the Deputy Mayor for Transport. He asked did the Council agree with the 13% cuts or not, and if not would the matter be raised with the Mayor of London. He add that he had written to Mayor of London but that would not carry as much weight as a letter from the Leader of the Council.

 

The amendment was put to the vote and with 25 votes in favour and 8 votes against the amendment was agreed.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley closed the debate.

 

The motion as amended was put to the vote and with 25 votes for and 8 abstentions it was

 

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  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.

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Motion - "Thrive LDN" pdf icon PDF 30 KB

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Decision:

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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

Minutes:

Councillor Matthew Morrow moved the motion, which he detailed. Councillor Morrow thanked Officers for their work on, and the political leadership for their commitment to, the issue. He related his own personal experiences.

 

The motion was seconded by Councillor Clare Morris. She detailed the aims of Thrive and commented on the effect of mental illness.

 

Councillor Mark Elliot spoke in support of the motion.

 

Councillor Matthew Morrow closed the debate.

 

The motion was put to the vote and it was unanimously

 

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

The Mayor thanked Members, Officers, the Public, the Police and everyone else who had helped out. He had felt very safe knowing that there were people out there working on their behalf.