Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions 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.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were presented on behalf of Councillor

 

There were no apologies for absence recevied for this meeting.

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 49 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 69 KB

To agree, as a true and accurate record, the Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held on 20 March 2019.

 

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 20 March be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

The Woolwich Creative District - Leases for electricity substations pdf icon PDF 59 KB

To agree the acquisition of a lease from Berkeley 55 and one or more lettings to UKPN for electricity substations.

 

 

 

Decision:

Agreed that the Royal Borough of Greenwich may acquire from Berkeley Fifty Five Limited (Berkeley 55) a long leasehold interest of an existing substation building adjacent to Building 19, The Royal Arsenal, for the purpose of supplying electricity to the Council’s buildings in the Woolwich Creative District.

 

Noted the outline acquisition terms, at a peppercorn rent, as set out in 5.0 of the report

 

Agreed that the Royal Borough of Greenwich may grant one or more subleases at a peppercorn rent to United Kingdom Power Networks (UKPN), or other approved Distribution Network Operator, of the various substations supplying electricity to the Council’s buildings in the Woolwich Creative District.

 

Delegated authority to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills to approve terms of the proposed lease from Berkeley 55 and, in turn, approve terms for sub-letting substation sites to UKPN.

 

Noted that, under the current scheme of delegation, the Leader approves lettings at less than full market rental. In this case, the Leader has agreed to a variation to the scheme of delegation to enable Cabinet to make the appropriation decision.

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

 

The report was presented by the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills.

 

Cabinet

 

Resolved -

 

That it be agreed that the Royal Borough of Greenwich may acquire from Berkeley Fifty Five Limited (Berkeley 55) a long leasehold interest of an existing substation building adjacent to Building 19, The Royal Arsenal, for the purpose of supplying electricity to the Council’s buildings in the Woolwich Creative District.

 

That the outline acquisition terms, at a peppercorn rent, as set out in 5.0 of the report be noted.

 

That it be agreed that the Royal Borough of Greenwich may grant one or more subleases at a peppercorn rent to United Kingdom Power Networks (UKPN), or other approved Distribution Network Operator, of the various substations supplying electricity to the Council’s buildings in the Woolwich Creative District.

 

That it be agreed to delegate authority to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills to approve terms of the proposed lease from Berkeley 55 and, in turn, approve terms for sub-letting substation sites to UKPN.

 

That it be noted that, under the current scheme of delegation, the Leader approves lettings at less than full market rental. In this case, the Leader has agreed to a variation to the scheme of delegation to enable Cabinet to make the appropriation decision.

 

 

6.

New Council Housing Delivery Programme: Next Batch of Sites pdf icon PDF 85 KB

To review the assessment of the 32 sites contained within appendix one of this report, and approve their inclusion in the new council housing delivery programme. To note that all feedback from resident consultation on the new council homes building programme, will be reported to the Cabinet Member for Housing for consideration.

 

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Reviewed the assessment of the 32 sites contained within appendix one of this report, and approve their inclusion in the new council housing delivery programme.

 

Noted that all feedback from resident consultation on the new council homes building programme, will be reported to the Cabinet Member for Housing for consideration.

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Assistant Director of Housing & Community Safety.

 

In addressing the meeting, Councillor Chris Kirby the Cabinet Member for Housing highlighted that the decision was being taken to meet the grant spend obligations with the Greater London Authority and that the sites would be subject to extensive technical investigations, design and viability assessments as the scheme progressed.

 

In addressing the meeting, 2 local residents raised concerns regarding the suitability of some of the sites and the lack of consultation so far with local residents.

 

In response, Councillor Kirby the Cabinet Member for Housing stated that consultation would be carried out once the initial investigations had been completed as this would enable everyone to have a better vision of what the sites would look like. He added that after the viability assessments some sites may become unsuitable for development and would therefore not be included in any consultation.

 

In response to a written submission from Councillor Spencer Drury the Cabinet Member for Housing confirmed that reports would be submitted to Cabinet throughout the process and that Overview and Scrutiny had the opportunity to request further updates as part of their work programme. In relation to the 2 specific sites mentioned the Cabinet Member reiterated the investigations and assessments would take place which would then be consulted on.

 

In addressing the meeting, Councillor Danny Thorpe the Leader of the Council commended the work being done to deliver 750 new homes for social rent and confirmed that the site developments would be subject to planning approval and a further consultation process.

 

Cabinet

 

Resolved –

 

That it be agreed to review the assessment of the 32 sites contained within appendix one of this report, and approve their inclusion in the new council housing delivery programme.

 

That it be noted that all feedback from resident consultation on the new council homes building programme, will be reported to the Cabinet Member for Housing for consideration.

 

7.

Royal Borough of Greenwich Disposal of Small Areas of Housing Owned (HRA) Land (Not Suitable For Development) Procedure 2019 pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To agree the Disposal Procedure for Small Areas of HRA Land and note that this applies to land that does not exceed 50 sqm and does not cover land that has the potential for redevelopment for housing. To agree the ‘fees and charges’ relevant to the agreed Procedure and delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills authority to make any further changes to the Procedure from time to time.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Agreed the Disposal Procedure for Small Areas of HRA Land (as set out at appendix 1 of this report) and note that this applies to land that does not exceed 50 sqm and does not cover land that has the potential for redevelopment for housing. 

 

Agreed the ‘fees and charges’ relevant to the agreed Procedure (please see paragraphs 4.21 and 4.22 below)

 

Delegated to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills authority to make any further changes to the Procedure from time to time.

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Director Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills.

 

In addressing the meeting the Cabinet Member for Housing confirmed the procedure did not include cover land with the potential for redevelopment and covered only small areas limited to a maximum of 50sqm.

 

Cabinet

 

Resolved –

 

That the Disposal Procedure for Small Areas of HRA Land (as set out at appendix 1 of this report) be agreed and it be noted that this applies to land that does not exceed 50 sqm and does not cover land that has the potential for redevelopment for housing. 

 

That the ‘fees and charges’ relevant to the agreed Procedure (please see paragraphs 4.21 and 4.22 in the report) be agreed

 

That it be agreed to delegate to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills authority to make any further changes to the Procedure from time to time.

 

8.

Scheme & Estimate Report for the Schools Planned Maintenance Programme 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 107 KB

To approve the Royal Borough of Greenwich Children’s Services Planned Maintenance Programme (PMP) for 2019/20.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Agreed the implementation of the Royal Borough of Greenwich Children’s Services Planned Maintenance Programme (PMP) for 2019/20, as set out in paragraph 6.1 of this report, at a total estimated value of £2.44m.

 

Noted that the annual PMP is mainly funded by the School Condition Allocation (SCA) received annually from the Department for Education (DfE). The SCA for Royal Greenwich for the 2019/20 financial year has yet to be announced.  Therefore, the recommended programme has been prudently constructed to utilise a forecasted grant allocation of £2,087,410 based on the criteria set out in the SCA methodology published by the DfE in December 2018.

 

Noted the use of £354,420 of additional resources for works at youth clubs, which form part of the wider corporate estate. This additional funding allocation is contained within the recently approved corporate planned maintenance programme.

 

Agreed that any allocation confirmed by the DfE which is above the forecasted amount forms part of the programme contingency which may be utilised to meet identified priorities during the course of the year. In the event that the allocation received is less than anticipated, the scope of the programme will be reduced in accordance with need and the budget available.

 

Noted that this report represents the Scheme and Estimate (S&E) approval for each of the outlined schemes in Section 6 of this report; each project can be commenced immediately but on the condition that no works contract is awarded until the DfE has confirmed Royal Greenwich’s SCA for the 2019/20 financial year.

 

Noted the outcomes of the utilisation of the 2018/19 Healthy Pupils Capital Funds (HPCF) grant and the process adopted by Royal Greenwich as set out in Section 7 of this report.

 

Noted that 2019/20 HPCF grant allocations have not yet been confirmed. A separate Cabinet report will be presented for agreeing allocations if and when a 2019/20 HPCF grant allocation is confirmed by the DfE.

 

Delegated the decision to amend the 2019/20 PMP to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills (DRES) in consultation with the Director of Children’s Services and in accordance with the Council’s scheme of delegation.

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills.

 

Cabinet

 

Resolved –

 

That the implementation of the Royal Borough of Greenwich Children’s Services Planned Maintenance Programme (PMP) for 2019/20, as set out in paragraph 6.1 of this report, at a total estimated value of £2.44m be agreed.

 

That it be noted that the annual PMP is mainly funded by the School Condition Allocation (SCA) received annually from the Department for Education (DfE). The SCA for Royal Greenwich for the 2019/20 financial year has yet to be announced.  Therefore, the recommended programme has been prudently constructed to utilise a forecasted grant allocation of £2,087,410 based on the criteria set out in the SCA methodology published by the DfE in December 2018.

 

That the use of £354,420 of additional resources for works at youth clubs, which form part of the wider corporate estate be noted and that this additional funding allocation is contained within the recently approved corporate planned maintenance programme.

 

That it be agreed that any allocation confirmed by the DfE which is above the forecasted amount forms part of the programme contingency which may be utilised to meet identified priorities during the course of the year. In the event that the allocation received is less than anticipated, the scope of the programme will be reduced in accordance with need and the budget available.

 

That it be noted that this report represents the Scheme and Estimate (S&E) approval for each of the outlined schemes in Section 6 of this report; each project can be commenced immediately but on the condition that no works contract is awarded until the DfE has confirmed Royal Greenwich’s SCA for the 2019/20 financial year.

 

That the outcomes of the utilisation of the 2018/19 Healthy Pupils Capital Funds (HPCF) grant and the process adopted by Royal Greenwich as set out in Section 7 of the report be noted.

 

That it be noted that 2019/20 HPCF grant allocations have not yet been confirmed. A separate Cabinet report will be presented for agreeing allocations if and when a 2019/20 HPCF grant allocation is confirmed by the DfE.

 

That it be agreed to delegate the decision to amend the 2019/20 PMP to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills (DRES) in consultation with the Director of Children’s Services and in accordance with the Council’s scheme of delegation.

 

9.

Woolwich Leisure Centre: Community Consultation results and Wider Scheme Update pdf icon PDF 160 KB

To receive an update on the scheme and agree the next stages.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Noted the process and subsequent results of the community consultation undertaken to ensure the new leisure centre addresses the future needs of our communities.

 

Agreed for the design team (when appointed) to proceed with developing further design options for models 1 and 2 set out in section 7 of this report.

 

Noted the Portfolio Member for Culture, Leisure and The Third Sector and the Portfolio Member for Growth and Strategic Development will review design options at the end of RIBA stage 1 & 2.

 

Noted as agreed in the January 2019 Cabinet Report the decision to appoint the design team for the Leisure Centre has been delegated to the Director of Regeneration Enterprise and Skills.

 

Agreed a maximum budget of £1.4 million to fund the necessary maintenance works required for the Waterfront Leisure Centre between now and when the New Woolwich Leisure Centre is opened. Delegate authority to the Director of Regeneration Enterprise and Skills along with the Director of Communities and Environment to confirm the apportionment of cost between GLL and RBG in line with the current contract agreements between the parties along with agreed repair and maintenance lease.

 

Noted the proposed permanent relocation of the Point to Wick Tower (138-152 Powis Street, Woolwich, London, SE18 6LU). Subject to the acquisition being formalised and price being accepted.

 

Agreed to purchase Wick Tower and allocate a budget for the acquisition costs, estimated construction & design costs outlined in the confidential Appendix 2.

 

Noted that in accordance with the Council’s current Scheme of Delegation the Scheme and Estimate sign off for the Point fit-out is delegated to the Cabinet Member for Growth and Strategic Development.

 

Noted the decision to appoint consultants and a main contractor for the relocation of the Point to the Director for Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills, subject to 1.8 above.

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Director Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills.

 

Cabinet

 

Resolved –

 

That the process and subsequent results of the community consultation undertaken to ensure the new leisure centre addresses the future needs of our communities be noted .

 

That it be agreed for the design team (when appointed) to proceed with developing further design options for models 1 and 2 set out in section 7 of this report.

 

That it be noted that the Portfolio Member for Culture, Leisure and The Third Sector and the Portfolio Member for Growth and Strategic Development will review design options at the end of RIBA stage 1 & 2.

 

That it be noted that as agreed in the January 2019 Cabinet Report the decision to appoint the design team for the Leisure Centre has been delegated to the Director of Regeneration Enterprise and Skills.

 

That it be agreed that a maximum budget of £1.4 million to fund the necessary maintenance works required for the Waterfront Leisure Centre between now and when the New Woolwich Leisure Centre is opened. Delegate authority to the Director of Regeneration Enterprise and Skills along with the Director of Communities and Environment to confirm the apportionment of cost between GLL and RBG in line with the current contract agreements between the parties along with agreed repair and maintenance lease.

 

That the proposed permanent relocation of the Point to Wick Tower (138-152 Powis Street, Woolwich, London, SE18 6LU). Subject to the acquisition being formalised and price being accepted be noted.

 

That it be agreed to purchase Wick Tower and allocate a budget for the acquisition costs, estimated construction & design costs outlined in the confidential Appendix 2.

 

That it be noted that in accordance with the Council’s current Scheme of Delegation the Scheme and Estimate sign off for the Point fit-out is delegated to the Cabinet Member for Growth and Strategic Development.

 

That it be noted that the decision to appoint consultants and a main contractor for the relocation of the Point is delegated to the Director for Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills, subject to above.

 

That it be agreed that the contents of Appendix 2 to this report be exempt from publication in line with Paragraph 3, Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

 

 

 

10.

Childcare Sufficiency Assessment and Strategy pdf icon PDF 80 KB

To agree the attached Childcare Strategy and Sufficiency Assessment 2019- 2021.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Agreed the Childcare Strategy and Sufficiency Assessment 2019- 2021.

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Director of Children Services.

 

Cabinet

 

Resolved –

 

That the Childcare Strategy and Sufficiency Assessment 2019- 2021 be agreed.

 

 

 

 

 

11.

EXEMPT ITEMS

It is proposed that, pursuant to section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 and the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they may involve the disclosure of exempt information as defined in Schedule 12A of the Act, by virtue of the particular paragraph shown on the agenda and on the attached reports.

 

·        Exempt appendix 2 to “Woolwich Leisure Centre – Community Consultation Results & Wider Scheme Update” (Item 9).

Exempt by virtue of paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended): Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person including the authority holding that information.