Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes.

Venue: Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich SE18 6PW

Contact: Jasmine Kassim  Email: jasmine.kassim@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 5146

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Panel.

Minutes:

The meeting noted apologies for absence received on behalf of Councillors Tonia Ashikodi, and Dominic Mbang.

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

There was no urgent business for consideration.

3.

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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 Leo Fletcher declared a personal interest as a tenant of the Council in relation to Item 5, “Pre-decision scrutiny on Pocket Living land disposal consultation”.

 

Resolved –

 

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

4.

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Members of the Housing and Anti-Poverty Scrutiny Panel are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 13 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 Housing and Anti-Poverty Scrutiny Panel held on 13 December 2018 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record, with the addition of officers present as follows:

·                Director of Public Health,

·                Training, Policy & Welfare Rights Service Manager, and

·                 Corporate Governance Manager.

5.

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Members to note the work undertaken since the call in.  To comment on that consultation and the proposed recommendation of the Director of Housing and Safer Communities to help inform the final recommendation.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Leo Fletcher declared a personal interest as a tenant of the Council in relation to this Item.

 

Councillor Clive Mardner, Chair of the Housing and Anti-Poverty Scrutiny Panel outlined the reason for the meeting, and the format for the proceedings.  It was recognised that Cabinet, at its meeting on 28 August 2018 considered a recommendation by the Overview and Scrutiny Call-In Sub-Committee, and agreed in principle to dispose of three sites to Pocket Living Limited.

 

The Panel received the report introduced by the Director of Housing and Safer Communities in relation to the outcomes on Pocket Living Ltd land disposal consultation.

 

The meeting noted that Cabinet’s decision stipulated that the disposal of the sites should be subject to the outcomes of consultation with tenants and leaseholders, the content of which should be provided to Members of the Panel for comment prior to commencement.

 

In response to an enquiry, Councillor Chris Kirby, Cabinet Member for Housing stated that although the details of the consultation was not submitted for consideration to the Panel prior to commencement, it should be noted that Cabinet’s intention was realised.  Councillor Kirby confirmed that the consultation outcomes were influenced by contributions from residents, local amenity groups, Members of Panel, and ward councillors.

 

Speaking on behalf of residents in the Charlton Ward, Councillor Linda Perks gave a brief description of the environment and location of the Heights in Charlton, advising that she was supportive of the proposal because the site had remained unused and derelict for a number of years.  It was stated there was also no objection to the proposal from residents living at the Height.  Councillor Perks was of the view that the consultation outcome was evidence that the Council was listening, as the number of properties originally planned for development across the three sites were subsequently reduced due to concerns by local people residents.

 

In response to questions raised, Councillor Perks advised the Panel that the Height in Charlton consisted of a stable population, and that parking pressures in the area were intermittent in surround roads close to the Height in Charlton.  Councillor Perks stated that in her view, the reason for the low response to the consultation could have been a lack of residents’ association, or a group of similar nature at the Heights. 

 

Councillor Perks further advised the Panel that she was aware that the proposed developer had undertaken the necessary tests on the land.  However, further investigation might be required to confirm the stability and decontamination of the site, and the adequacy of parking provision in the area.  Councillor Perks stated that it would have been useful for the proposed development at Height to comprise of 2 bed-room properties, and that she would be suggesting a condition to prevent “buy to let” agreements as part of the negotiations with the developers.

 

Councillor Parker also addressed the meeting on behalf residents in the Charlton ward, highlighting that out of a population of approximately 120, only 14 residents at the Heights responded  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.