Greenwich Council

Agenda item

Questions from Members

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.

 

Minutes:

The Mayor stated that 15 written questions had been received from Members of the Council.  The questions and replies, together with the supplementary submissions made during the meeting are attached as Appendix B to the minutes.

 

Under procedures for oral questions, the Mayor invited questions to Members of the Cabinet for response.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley asked the Leader of the Council whether she had raised with the Mayor of London the matter of the Mayor of London’s cuts to the taxi card scheme, as several other Labour council leaders had spoken out publicly against these cuts. The Leader of the Council agreed to look into the matter.  The Leader commented the Mayor of London had to deal with £120 million worth of cuts from central Government, and stressed that those cuts could not be blamed on the Mayor of London. The Leader noted the Mayor of London received no money from vehicle excise duty to repair the roads, and that Greenwich Council had had to finance a scheme to repair the roads in the Borough. The Leader invited Councillor Hartley to write to the Mayor of London.

 

Councillor Mark Elliott asked the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability whether there was enough time for a thorough consideration of what was on offer with the Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund and the consultation process as it seemed to have been shoehorned into a narrow window of time. The Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability replied that the Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund was the neighbourhood element of the Community Infrastructure Levy. They had been talking to residents about their priorities and systems they would like to see at Better Together meetings, they had worked hard to make sure they had a process that involved residents in that decision through a formal vote on applications that were received. The Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability was confident that they were going to handle all applications that came in and work with residents to get the best decisions for them.

 

Councillor Mehboob Khan asked the Leader of the Council whether she agreed that the current Government was the most anti-London government in a generation, a Government which had cut £1 billion from the Metropolitan Police budget, £600 million from the TfL revenue budget, a Government whose budget did not allow Crossrail 2 to progress to public consultation, a Government which has prohibited London government from applying for money from the Air Quality national fund and did the Leader agree that only a Labour Government working with a Labour Mayor would improve the quality of life for Londoners. The Leader of the Council, and all Labour members, indicated that they agreed.

 

Councillor Charlie Davis asked the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability why CiL money from the Eltham Baths project was used in Cutty Sark Gardens. The Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Sustainability said it was easy to look at the published spreadsheet and say money had been taken from here and used over there, but CiL and s106 money had to be spread across the Borough because it was about mitigating and managing the impact of development. He was happy to talk with Councillor Davis on the matter.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley commented that both the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Environment had said they would not raise matters with the Mayor of London. He asked the Leader of the Council whether it was Council policy for Cabinet Members not to raise matters with the Mayor of London. He suggested that with regard to the idea that he write to him, that the Mayor of London was more likely to listen to the Leader of the Council than to him. The Leader of the Council reaffirmed that she would look into the matter of the taxi card scheme, and likewise she would write if she found any other concerns. The Leader commented that the Cabinet were being asked to deal with the failings of Government policy. She queried why the Leader of the Opposition had not written to the Mayor of London with his concerns.

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