Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes

Venue: Rooms 4 & 5, 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.

Minutes:

The meeting received apologies for absence on behalf of Councillors David Gardner and Jackie Smith.  An apology for lateness was received from Councillor Denise Scott-MacDonald.

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 50 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 75 KB

To agree, as a true and accurate record, the Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held on 24 July 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 Cabinet held on 24 July 2018, be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Disposal of Three Sites to Pocket Living - Decision Referred Back to Cabinet by Overview & Scrutiny Call-in Sub-Committee [To Follow] pdf icon PDF 96 KB

Additional documents:

Decision:

Agreed to amend decision 1.1 taken by Cabinet on 24th July 2018 in relation to Item 6, ‘Disposal of Three Sites to Pocket Living’ to the following:

“Agreed in principle to the disposal of three sites to Pocket Living Limited, subject to the outcome of consultation with tenants and leaseholders; the content of the consultation to be provided to the Housing Scrutiny Panel for comment prior to commencement”.

 

 

Minutes:

The Chair and Leader of the Council, Councillor Danny Thorpe, gave a brief overview of the report.  The report was a follow-up to the decision taken by Cabinet on 24 July 2018 and now proposed to amend paragraph 1.1 of Item 6, “Disposal of Three Sites to Pocket Living”.  The Chair invited those who had requested to address the meeting to do so.

 

In addressing the meeting, a resident informed Members that in his view he believed the process lacked transparency.  He felt that there had not been adequate public consultation on the proposal, and no indication how the needs of residents would be met during the proposed construction work on the site.  It was stated that complaints to the Council about current car-parking problems in the area remained unsolved, and the proposals are not yet clear on how this could be dealt with.  The resident was also of the view that due process had not been followed in the tendering arrangements because there was only one bidder and therefore he queried whether value for money had been obtained.  It was suggested to Members that local people should have an opportunity to express views on how any receipt from the potential disposal should be spent.  It was also the view of the resident that arrangement to allocate car park spaces to one side on the proposed site could help alleviate concerns.

 

Another resident to address the meeting echoed concerns expressed about the proposal earlier on at the meeting.  The resident added that he was concerned about a potential conflict of interest, as Mr Nick Raynsford was on the board of Pocket Living, which had been targeted and selected to undertake construction work on the proposed site.

 

Councillors L Fletcher and Lolavar also echoed concerns expressed by first resident.  The Councillors sought an assurance from the Cabinet that the resident’s concerns and suggestions would be taken into account, in addition to those to be expressed during the proposed consultation.  The Cabinet was advised that residents had also expressed a view that development on one of the Kidbrooke Close site would be preferred.

 

Councillor Brighty stated that the proposed development would be detrimental to residents’ living condition, in particular car-parking which continued to be a problem.  Councillor Brighty sought confirmation that the Council would give consideration to the outcome of the proposed consultation in order to alleviate residents’ concerns.

In considering submissions made at the meeting, the Cabinet explained that the Royal Borough of Greenwich was experiencing a housing crisis, so much so that approximately 17,250 residents are on the Council’s housing waiting list.  The Council continued to pay substantial amounts of money to housing providers for temporary accommodation to meet the needs of a significant number of residents and their families.  Thus, the proposal was part of the implementation of a Housing Strategy by the Council aimed at meeting the range of needs of residents.

 

The Cabinet also gave an assurance that the Council aimed to work with residents for better  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.