Greenwich Council

Agenda and decisions

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Apologies for absence

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To agree the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 31 October 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.

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Mayor's Announcements

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Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 45 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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Notice of Members wishing to exceed the 5 minute rule

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Presentation to the Council of petitions for consideration.

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Public Deputations on matters not otherwise on the agenda

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Public Questions pdf icon PDF 128 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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Questions from Members pdf icon PDF 266 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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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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Treasury Management Mid-Year Report 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 173 KB

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Agreed the Treasury Management Mid-Year Report for 2018/19






Adoption of Revised Gambling Statement of Principles pdf icon PDF 103 KB

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Adopted the revised Royal Borough of Greenwich Statement of Gambling Policy in respect of the Gambling Act 2005 at Appendix A of the report.





Greenwich Young People's Council Priorities pdf icon PDF 168 KB

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Noted the activity undertaken by the Greenwich Young People’s Council


Noted the presentation from youth councillors.


Noted the proposals approved by Cabinet to improve the interface between Greenwich Young People’s Council and elected Members as stated in section 5 of the report.




Appointment of Chief Executive pdf icon PDF 76 KB

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Agreed the recommendation of the Appointments Panel and appointed Debbie Warren as the Council’s Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service from 13 December 2018.


Noted that the appointment incorporates the responsibility for the roles of:

Clerk to the Eltham Crematorium Joint Committee

London Wide Local Authority Gold

Electoral Registration Officer and Returning Officer.


Agreed that the Chief Executive will continue to hold the statutory Section 151 Officer responsibility referred to in paragraph 4.3 of the report until such time as an alternative officer is put forward to Members for approval.


Dispensation from the Six Month Rule: Councillor O'Mara pdf icon PDF 58 KB

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Agreed a dispensation for Councillor Maureen O’Mara from the six month rule until 12 December 2018




Appointments to Woolwich Creative District Trust pdf icon PDF 60 KB

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Appointed Councillor Denise Hyland, Councillor Peter Brooks and Councillor Gary Dillon to serve on Woolwich Creative District Trust for the Municipal Year 2018/19





Motion - "The Government's Spending Review" pdf icon PDF 123 KB

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Resolved –


Greenwich has a well deserved reputation for its sound financial management and resilience. Should the UK leave the European Union the economic prosperity of Greenwich and the nation becomes ever more uncertain the Government will be undertaking another Spending Review. With a commitment to put £20bn into the NHS the squeeze will be on other government departments including Local Government. The Government is also launching a Fair Funding Review which will determine the method by which the Local Government pot is distributed. Given recent experience it is not likely to favour London. 


We have already been informed that it is the Government’s intention that the new joint Children’s and Adults’ Social Care Support Grant will be distributed using a formula that takes no account of children as a factor and works against London. It will result in a loss of £900k for Greenwich. 


This is in addition to the resetting of the business retention London pilot scheme from 100% to 75% from April 2020. Such sustained resource reduction, at the same time as a significant demand for services, has created acute pressure on local services; notably adult social care, children services and homelessness. The current system is neither fit for purpose or sustainable. 


The Council is asked to urge the Government to:

·        Use the Spending Review to set out its long term vision for the sector and the Fair Funding Review as a long term finance system to put the sector on a sustainable footing;

·        Treat London in a fair way and ensure that like other parts of the country we can retain 100% business rates;

·        Grant more freedoms and flexibilities for the sector to raise revenue and use resources to cope with anticipated demands.






Motion - "Retaining the name of the Old Royal Naval College" pdf icon PDF 31 KB

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Resolved –


Council notes the huge contribution that the World Heritage site makes to our visitor economy every year.


The Council pays tribute to Greenwich Foundation for its stewardship of the Old Royal Naval College since 1998, including the recent restoration of the Painted Hall and looks forward to its reopening.


Council welcomes the renewed drive and determination of the Greenwich Foundation to ensure its own financial sustainability and its ambitious plans to improve the visitor offer to attract new audiences.


Council applauds the work of the Greenwich Society, Blackheath Society and Westcombe Society but notes their opposition to a name change of the Old Royal Naval College.

Council calls upon the Greenwich Foundation to meet with elected members from both sides of the chamber and representatives from key organisations to find a way forward, which addresses the concerns raised.


Council reiterates its commitment to work with the Greenwich Foundation and other stakeholders to help this treasured historic location continue to be economically viable to attract visitors from across Greenwich, the UK and the world.