Greenwich Council

Agenda item

Mayor's Announcements

Minutes:

The Mayor was pleased to announce that the Royal Borough of Greenwich and its staff have recently won a number of awards. At the London In Bloom Awards Ceremony held on 22nd September, Greenwich won two awards:

        2017 Silver Gilt Award for the Royal Borough of Greenwich

        2017 Silver Gilt Award for Well Hall Pleasance.

The Borough had also won a number of Green Flag Awards. The scheme recognised and rewarded well managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of recreational outdoor spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world. The Parks, Estates and Open Spaces Department had secured 12 Green Flags again that year and supported community groups to secure 4 Community Green Flag Awards. In addition the Parks Estates, and Open Spaces Department had been awarded ISO 14001 certification for grounds and tree maintenance services, and ISO 9001 certification for tree maintenance service. Also, the Parks, Estates and Open Spaces Department had secured a Gold Award for the Charter for the Bereaved for the Cemetery and Crematoriums services that it manages on behalf of the Council.

 

The Mayor asked Councillor Jackie Smith, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment to present the awards to Dawn Squires, Head of Parks, Estates and Open Spaces.

 

Councillor Jackie Smith presented the awards.

 

The Mayor announced that on the 10 October Greenwich won two EDUcatering excellence awards: ‘Primary School Caterer of the Year’ which went to Flavio Herendes Chef Manager from Charlton Manor Primary School, and ‘Secondary School Caterer of the Year’ which went to Paul Yung, Chef Manager from Woolwich Poly Secondary School

 

In the absence of Councillor Miranda Williams, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, the Mayor asked Councillor Chris Kirby, Cabinet Member for Human Resources, to present the awards to Flavio Herendes and Paul Yung and Lee Newton- Assistant Director GS Plus.

 

Councillor Chris Kirby presented the awards.

 

The Mayor announced that on 13 October at the Sustain Good Food for London event which was supported by the Mayor of London and which measures actions on 11 different good food measures from school food catering, Fairtrade, food growing and fair pay as an example, Greenwich along with GS Plus topped the Good Food for London league table for 2017.

 

The Mayor asked Councillor David Gardner, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care to present the award to Catherine Hannanfin, Public Health, RBG and Claire Pritchard, Greenwich Co-operative Development Agency.

 

Councillor David Gardner presented the award.

 

The Mayor informed Council that Councillor Harpinder Singh was participating in a ‘sleeping out’ to raise funds for the Weekend Service Users Project on 21st October 2017 at Woolwich Central Baptist Church. The Mayor hoped Members would be able to make a donation.

 

The Mayor informed Council that Woodlands Farm was to plant some trees later in the year, two of which were to represent the memory of former Councillors, Barry Taylor and Dermot Poston. The Mayor trusted that Council agreed with him that was a fine gesture.

 

The Mayor advised Council of the death of two former Councillors, Ann Hutchinson and Roland Moyle. The Mayor explained that Ann was a Councillor in the then Slade Ward from 1998 to 2002. She served on a number of committees, including Planning, the Environment, and Scrutiny. The Mayor explained that Roland was a Councillor in the then Hornfair Ward at the time of the formation of the London Borough of Greenwich.  He was MP from 1966 to 1983, for Lewisham constituencies, and served as a Minister under the governments of Wilson and Callaghan. After he was an MP he was deputy chairman of the Police Complaints Board for six years.

 

The Mayor asked Council to join in a minute’s silence for the memory of both Ann Hutchinson and Roland Moyle.

 

Members observed a minute’s silence.