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 Danny Thorpe, 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.

 

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 35 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.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To agree, as a true and accurate record, the Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held on 15 November 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 15 November 2017, be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Parking Implementation Plan: Proposed changes to parking arrangements pdf icon PDF 111 KB

The Cabinet is requested to agree to implement the changes to parking arrangements as set out within Appendix A of the report.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Agreed to implement the changes to parking arrangements as set out within Appendix A of the report.

Minutes:

The report relating to proposed changes to parking arrangements was introduced Members by the Deputy Director of Regeneration, Enterprise & Skills (Transportation).

 

In discussing the proposal, Members commented that issues relating to car park provision was contentious.  Therefore, it was of no surprise that it was of interest to local people.  However, there were insufficient parking spaces in the Royal Borough of Greenwich (Royal Borough) to manage the increase in the numbers of privately-owned cars.  Members also expressed a concern that the Council could losing income because of insufficient and defective car park meters. 

 

Members sought clarification on matters they had commented on and in response, the Deputy Director stated that the Royal Borough had maintained a good record of implementing effective and proportionate car parking arrangements.  However, progress had been slow because of the absence of more significant planned changes, which the report under consideration had addressed.  Thus, the proposal would be supported by a number of strategic principles and an action plan, with a view to introduce, amend and/or review parking arrangements in accordance with changing circumstances and demands. 

 

The Deputy Director continued responding to questions raised, confirming to Members that work to install and upgrade parking metres in key locations across the Royal Borough was underway.  Specific to concerns about increased numbers of cars, Members were advised that the Council was engaging widely with residents to participate in its walking and cycling initiatives.  It was stated that the Council was supportive of car-free developments, and was working with applicants to identify design opportunities at pre-planning application stage.  Members were further asked to note that the Council would continue partnering with Transport for London to improve the local bus network system to support the implementation of the proposed Crossrail development.  

 

The Cabinet considered submissions made and

 

Resolved –

 

That it be agreed to implement the changes to parking arrangements as set out within Appendix A of the report.

6.

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Financial Report (2016/17) & Neighbourhood CIL governance arrangements pdf icon PDF 261 KB

The Cabinet is requested to note the content of the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s CIL Annual Financial Report 2016/17 that is to be published by 31 December 2017 to comply with the requirements of Regulation 62 of the CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended) (‘the Regulations’).  To agree the arrangements set out in Section 5 of the report with regard to the intended approach to Neighbourhood CIL allocation, including the application process and selection criteria.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.     Noted the content of the Royal Borough of Greenwich (Royal Borough) Public Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Annual Financial Report 2016/17 that is to be published on the Royal Borough of Greenwich website by 31 December 2017, in order to comply with the requirements of Regulation 62 of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended) (‘the Regulations’).

 

2.     Agreed the arrangements set out in Section 5 of the report with regard to the intended approach to Neighbourhood CIL allocation, including the application process and selection criteria.

 

Minutes:

The report relating to the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s (Royal Borough) Community Infrastructure Level (CIL) was introduced to the Cabinet by the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise & Skills.

 

The Chair and Leader of the Council, Councillor Denise Hyland, invited oral representations on behalf of the Westcombe Society, the Greenwich Society, and East Greenwich Residents’ Association.  It was recognised that the representations, summarised in a written submission that was circulated to Members prior to the meeting, related to concerns about inadequate timetable for implementation of the Royal Borough’s CIL arrangements, and lack of a plan to identify neighbourhood priorities.  The representatives also reiterated that because the arrangement lacked information to provide support to local groups who would contemplate projects, it was unlikely that the CIL process would be understood at the publicity and bidding stages, in particularly by ‘harder-to-reach’ communities.

 

Members noted the submission made by the local representatives and in response to questions raised, the Director clarified that the proposals for CIL had been developed to enable community groups and residents to bid for funding to undertake projects that would mitigate the impact of development in a given area.  There would be assistance to local groups contemplating projects.  Furthermore, Officers would actively work with colleagues responsible for communications and engagement initiatives to ensure wide-reaching awareness on the issues.

 

The Director continued responding to questions raised, advising Members that the funding guidelines relating to the Royal Borough’s CIL were flexible.  It was stated that the local area CIL was a new process and there would be an opportunity to learn, identify, and review for future rounds of the neighbourhood CIL.  Any unspent funds in a particular financial year would be rolled over to the next financial year. 

 

The Cabinet considered the submission and

 

Resolved –

 

1.         That the content of the Royal Borough of Greenwich (Royal Borough) Public Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Annual Financial Report 2016/17 that is to be published on the Royal Borough of Greenwich website by 31 December 2017, in order to comply with the requirements of Regulation 62 of the Community Infrastructure Levy Regulations 2010 (as amended) (‘the Regulations’), be noted.

 

2.         That the arrangements set out in Section 5 of the report with regard to the intended approach to Neighbourhood CIL allocation, including the application process and selection criteria, be agreed.

7.

Section 106 Annual Financial Report pdf icon PDF 91 KB

The Cabinet is requested to note the content of the Section 106 Income and Expenditure report.  To agree to publish the report on the Council’s website.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.     Noted the content of the Section 106 Income and Expenditure Report.

 

2.     Agreed to publish the Section 106 Financial Report on the Council’s website.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the Section 106 Annual Financial report and

 

Resolved –

 

1.         That the content of the Section 106 Income and Expenditure Report, be noted.

 

2.         That it be agreed to publish the Section 106 Financial Report on the Council’s website.

8.

Treasury Management Mid-Year Report 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 169 KB

The Cabinet is requested to note the Treasury Management Mid-Year Report for 2017/18 and forward comments to Council.  To note the impact of the implementation of the Markets in Financial Instrument Directive 2014/65 (“MiFID II”) and in particular the classification of the authority from 3rd January 2018.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.     Noted the Treasury Management Mid-Year Report for 2017/18 and forward comments to Council.

 

2.     Noted the impact of the implementation of the Markets in Financial Instrument Directive 2014/65 (“MiFID II”) and in particular the classification of the authority from 3rd January 2018.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the Treasury Management Mid-Year 2017/18  report and

 

Resolved –

 

1.         That the Treasury Management Mid-Year Report for 2017/18, be noted.

 

2.         That the impact of the implementation of the Markets in Financial Instrument Directive 2014/65 (“MiFID II”) and in particular the classification of the authority from 3rd January 2018, be noted.

9.

Cabinet Performance Report - High Level Objectives pdf icon PDF 167 KB

Cabinet is asked to note the Appendices to this report which provide an overview of the Council’s performance across its high-level objectives.  To request any additional information to be included in the next quarterly report.  to request any specific performance information to be circulated to Cabinet, following a consideration of the performance information attached.

Additional documents:

Decision:

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

 

2.     Noted request for any additional information to be included in the next quarterly report; and

 

3.     Noted request any specific performance information to be circulated to Cabinet, following a consideration of the performance information attached to the report.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the report relating to the Council’s high level objectives and

 

Resolved –

 

1.         That the Appendices to the report, which provide an overview of the Council’s performance across its high-level objectives, be noted.

 

2.         That a request for any additional information to be included in the next quarterly report, be noted.

 

3.         That a request for any specific performance information to be circulated to Cabinet, following a consideration of the performance information attached to the report, be noted.

10.

Local Government Ombudsman Complaints Annual Review Letter 2017 pdf icon PDF 73 KB

The Cabinet is requested to note the contents of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman letter for 2017.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the contents of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman letter for 2017 attached to the report as Appendix A.

Minutes:

The Cabinet considered the Local Government Ombudsman’s Complaints Annual Review letter 2017 and

 

Resolved –

 

That the contents of the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman letter for 2017 attached to the report as Appendix A, be noted.