Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes

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Contact: Nassir Ali  Email: Nassir.Ali@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 6160

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Panel.

Minutes:

Apologies was received for Councillor Linda Perks

 

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

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’ memberships as Council appointed representatives on outside bodies, joint committees and school governing bodies is noted.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 22 November 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 Regeneration, Transport and Culture Scrutiny Panel held on 22 November 2018 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

 

5.

Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Apprenticeships - Portfolio Update pdf icon PDF 142 KB

To note the Cabinet Member (Economy, Skills and Apprenticeships) portfolio update.

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was introduced by the Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills and Apprenticeships who confirmed she was a board member of the Centre for Local Economies Strategies (CLES)  who lead on community wealth building and provide good practices for local businesses to place them in good positions to bid for Council procurement. She confirmed that her portfolio fell principally under the Corporate Plan’s theme of ‘Economic Prosperity for All’, and added that delivery of this work was highly reliant on securing and managing external funding.

 

She highlighted that to date the Council had established four skills centres which were the Digital, Hospitality and catering skills, Equestrian and horticulture and Construction sectors adding there was likely to be an increase of capital funding in some of these areas.

 

With regards to apprenticeships the Cabinet Member advised that the Council now employed apprentices directly and was committed to providing support and paying the London Living Wage. She added the target was to have 174 apprentices on-programme however, this was challenging as some of the current apprentices were recruited under the old process.

 

The Cabinet Member advised the Panel on the Highways Improvement Local Labour Scheme (HILLS) which had been mainstreamed as a result of its success. She added that the Greenwich Local Labour Plan was funded through to 2018/19 and continuation of the services was being reviewed as part of the council’s budget setting process with funding likely to reduce.

 

With regards to Digital Greenwich, The Cabinet Member confirmed they would be looking for a new Headquarters and would be moving away from the offices at Mitre Passage. She described the key achievements for Digital Greenwich in 2018, which included securing funding for a free ride service using autonomous vehicles that would initially be piloted in Thamesmead.

 

In response to questions, the Cabinet Member confirmed that the Council do not employ staff under Zero Hour Contracts and encourage employers in the Borough to follow suit.  She added that GLLaB received some offers to recruit for zero hour contract employment and these went through a testing phase to ensure these offer employment protections..

 

The Cabinet Member stated that the possibility of the Woolwich Barracks closure would not have severe impact on the local economy as the Ministry of Defence do not procure much locally, the main impact would be on retail.

 

In response to questions on the new IKEA store, the AD Employment and Skills confirmed there were no zero hour contracts and all staff would be paid the London Living Wage or above. She added that at least a third of the new jobs in the store would be filled by local people and there were currently over 100 offers, through our own monitoring, but IKEA compiling final figures. .

 

Panel Members requested information on how Section 106 funding secured from IKEA had been used to improve air quality in the area.

Action: DRES

 

In terms of unemployment rates in the borough, the Cabinet Member advised that they were reducing and converging  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Progress of the Council's Parking Strategy pdf icon PDF 144 KB

To note the progress update on the Council’s Parking Strategy which was adopted in 2014.

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was introduced and summarised by the AD Transportation who stated that the Council’s Parking Strategy supported the objectives of the Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy (MTS) and the Councils transport vision set out in the draft Third Local Implementation Plan (LIP3). He added that the Parking Strategy would be updated once LIP3 was finalised.

 

The AD Transportation advised on the Parking Controls in the Borough highlighting the review of all Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ’s) borough-wide. He provided updates on Parking income and charges and confirmed the Council would be moving towards enforcing Moving Traffic Contraventions.

 

With regards to parking enforcement, the AD Transportation confirmed the expansion of parking restrictions and enforcement teams providing figures of the current cohort of Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) which was supplemented by agency staff. He advised on the Back-Office arrangements and the procurement of a new system for processing the progression of PCN’s and the management of permits for residents and local businesses. He stated the Council were also looking to procure body cameras for the CEOs similar to those used by the Town Centre Wardens.

 

In response to questions, the AD Transportation confirmed there was no update on the implementation of CPZs near Falconwood Station and discussions were still being held with TfL and Bexley Council. He stated that the Council were looking at ways of increasing Car Club services in the west of the Borough. That illegal parking was hard to enforce in some areas as the restrictions were no return for an hour and the Council was keen to introduce stronger controls. He added this was also the case for waiting and loading parking restrictions.

 

In terms of consulting local community groups, the AD Transportation advised that local residents were consulted when making changes to existing CPZs adding that no parking restrictions on new developments were agreed as part of the Planning process.

 

With regards to cars illegally parking on cycle lanes, the AD Transportation stated the Council was looking at introducing camera enforcement to tackle this adding that the cycle schemes which include forms of segregation would also reduce illegal parking and would be considered as part of the Cycling Strategy – new work programme.

 

The Panel was addressed by a member of Greenwich Cyclists who stated the size of the roads in Greenwich were not big enough to include controlled parking bays and the stationary vehicles create a hazard for other road users. He also described areas across the Borough where illegal parking was of a particular concern.

 

The Chair thanked the AD Transportation and the representative from Greenwich Cyclists.

 

Resolved –

 

That the report be noted

 

 

 

 

7.

Community Led Regeneration Review - Evidence Gathering (Officer Report) pdf icon PDF 124 KB

To note the Officer Report addressing items 3.2 – 3.5 of the review project statement.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report was presented and summarised by the AD Planning and Building Control who confirmed it provided information relating to points 3.2 – 3.5 of the project statement for the Community Led Regeneration review which commenced at the last meeting of the Panel. She advised on the Project Group visit to the University College London – Planning Development Unit which provided an international perspective into community led regeneration. She also reminded Members of the upcoming Lee Forum meeting on Neighbourhood Forums.

 

In addressing the meeting, Councillor David Stanley gave a background into the review and stated that a Project Officer would be in place to do follow-up work. He added that a final report would be submitted to the Panel with more focus and recommendations in April.

 

The Panel was addressed by the community group representatives who were members of the review project group. They were happy with the membership of the group which included Councillors, Senior Officers and community group representatives however, noted that the review required officer support in the form of a project officer.

 

The representatives noted that planning viability assessment training had been provided to officers and Councillors and suggested that this could be rolled out to community groups. They stated that the Officer responses to the community group submissions detailed the current status of regeneration in the Borough and there was more work to be done in highlighting the main themes and concerns raised. They added that the review should not just be limited to planning and working within a statutory planning framework but also look at how the Council could enhance the regeneration process as a whole.

 

The AD Planning and Building confirmed that the Greater London Authority (GLA) was taking a more active role in the determination of planning applications highlighting a recent Greenwich decision where the GLA had intervened. She added that community challenge of that decision showed the GLA were open to listening when administering their granted powers.

 

The Panel was addressed by the Chair of the Positive Plumstead Project who requested more definitions and clarity of planning terms for members of the public to enable them to better understand the process. She added that meetings of the Planning Board should be made viewable online similar to Full Council meetings and other local authorities. That consultation with the local community was left to the developer and the planning department had no ability to enforce this. The AD Planning and Building Control confirmed that pre-application discussions were not compulsory and can therefore only encourage developers to partake, adding that most were willing to do this.

 

Panel Members agreed with the view of the community groups on developer engagement and suggested that the legislative guidelines benefit the developer.

 

A member of the local press mentioned a document containing definitions of Social Housing terms that was taken to a Housing and Anti-Povery Scrutiny Panel and stated it was really useful and could be used to inform the review. he suggested a more easy  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Commissioning Future Reports - Specification of Requirements pdf icon PDF 59 KB

To note that the next scheduled meeting of the Regeneration, Transport and Culture Scrutiny Panel is taking place on 14 February 2019.

 

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair introduced the item and reminded Members of the transport providers attending the next meeting. He requested questions from Councillors and Community groups be forward the Corporate Governance Officer.

 

Resolved –

 

That the list of upcoming items be noted