Greenwich Council

Agenda, decisions and minutes.

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Contact: Daniel Wilkinson  Email: committees@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 5102

Note: The deadline for public questions is 12 noon on Wednesday, 19 June 2019 

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

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Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Norman Adams, Stephen Brain, Bill Freeman, Rajinder James and Maureen O’Mara.

 

Apologies for arriving late were received from Councillor Angela Cornforth.

 

Apologies for leaving for leaving early were given by Councillors Tonia Ashikodi, Peter Brooks, Ann-Marie Cousins, Christine Grice, Mehboob Khan, Averil Lekau and Chris Lloyd

 

2.

Minutes

To agree the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 27 March 2019 and of the Council Annual Meeting held on 15 May 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.

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Minutes:

It was noted that the feedback from the previous meetings concerned Members’ behaviour.

 

Resolved –

 

That the minutes of the Council Meetings held on 27 March 2019 and of the Council Annual Meeting held on 15 May 2019 be agreed and signed as true and accurate records.

 

3.

Mayor's Announcements

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Minutes:

The Mayor welcomed Damon Cook, the new Director of Finance, to Council.

 

The Mayor was pleased to announce that the Royal Borough of Greenwich had been highly commended at the London Councils Small Business Friendly Borough Awards 2019 for its efforts to reduce the impact of crime on small businesses in Woolwich Town Centre. The award recognised the leadership and initiative shown by Members and Officers.

 

The Mayor called on Councillor Denise Hyland, Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills, Apprenticeships, to present the certificate.

 

Councillor Denise Hyland, Cabinet Member for Economy, Skills, Apprenticeships presented the certificate to Kingsley Otubushin, Business Engagement Manager, and Leanna Minahan, Interim Head of Safer Spaces.

 

The Mayor invited everyone to join him at the Royal Greenwich Get Together and Armed Forces Day festival on Saturday 29 June.  

4.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 110 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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Resolved –

 

1.  That the list of Councillors’ memberships as Council appointed representatives on outside bodies, joint committees and school governing bodies is noted.

 

2.  That the following declarations be noted:

 

Councillor Mark James declared a Personal interest in agenda item 14, because of his employment.

5.

Notice of Members wishing to exceed the 5 minute rule

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Minutes:

The Mayor noted that that no requests to exceed the five minute rule had been received.

6.

Submission of Petitions

Presentation to the Council of petitions for consideration.

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Minutes:

The following petitions were presented at the meeting:

 

Subject and Number of Signatures

Presenting Councillor

Lead Department

Objection to the replacement fence (Tom Smith Close)

52 signatures

Councillor

Geoffrey Brighty

Directorate of Housing and Safer Communities

Subject and Number of Signatures

Presenting Councillor

Lead Department

Tree planting for Commerell Street

22 signatures

Councillor

Chris Lloyd

Directorate of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills

Subject and Number of Signatures

Presenting Councillor

Lead Department

More greenery on Wilton Road 

215 signatures

Councillor

Ann-Marie Cousins

Directorate of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills

Subject and Number of Signatures

Presenting Councillor

Lead Department

Call for the Council to terminate its current lease with the freeholder of the Vista Building for the top three floors of the Calderwood Street car park 

1103 signatures

Councillor

Jackie Smith

Directorate of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills

 

7.

Petition Responses pdf icon PDF 36 KB

Response to petitions presented previously to Council

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Minutes:

The Mayor invited Rene Novotna, on behalf of Kristina Green, to address the Council in relation to the petition response set out in Appendix 2 of the report.

 

Rene Novotna commented on the rat running experienced in the vicinity of Winn Road. She said any traffic calming that has been put in place by Lewisham had not been effective. It was felt that the two or three years' wait before action could be taken was not acceptable, and it was requested that Greenwich be proactive and introduce traffic calming on their end of the highway for which they were responsible. It was noted that a submission had been emailed in by Kristina Green.

 

Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald, Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Sustainability and Transport thanked Rene Novotna for her comments and Kristina Green for her submission. She stated that Greenwich was in active engagement with Lewisham on the matter, and that Officers would look at the submission from Kristina Green and provide a written response to it.

 

The Mayor invited Joe Green, on behalf of Diana Gaines, to address the Council in relation to the petition response set out in Appendix 3 of the report. Joe Green asked for confirmation that the site visit mentioned in the response would take place on a weekday and before the school summer holidays otherwise the situation would not be typical of a busy working day, and asked for confirmation that the review of the Charlton CPZ would include not just those currently within the CPZ.

 

Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald, Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Sustainability and Transport thanked Joe Green for his comments and said she would supply him with a written response.

 

Resolved –

 

That the action taken in response to petitions presented at recent meetings of the Council.

8.

Public Deputations on matters not otherwise on the agenda

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Minutes:

The Mayor noted that that no requests for public deputations had been received.

 

9.

Public Questions pdf icon PDF 231 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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Minutes:

The Mayor stated that Council had received 42 written questions by members of the public. 

 

The Mayor advised those present that under the Council’s Constitution there was a maximum time of 30 minutes for Public Questions. The Mayor proceeded through the questions in the order that they were received until the 30 minutes had expired, after Public Question 26. The Mayor advised that those who were not able to make a supplementary question could submit one in writing.

 

The questions and replies, together with the supplementary submissions made during the meeting are attached as Appendix A to the minutes.

10.

Questions from Members pdf icon PDF 282 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’ oral questions in line with procedure Rule A1.43.

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Minutes:

The Mayor stated that 58 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.

 

As a general supplementary question in relation to questions 1 to 12, Councillor Mehboob Khan asked the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth if he would join him in congratulating the residents of New Capital Quay in Greenwich West for forming an action group in order to campaign to ensure that Galliard homes improved the safety of the homes that they live in, and asked if he empathised with residents who were angry and upset and anxious that they were still living in properties that were a fire hazard two years on from the Grenfell tragedy

 

Councillor Sizwe James, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth thanked Councillor Khan for his supplementary question and stated he was in agreement with both points. He thanked Greenwich West Ward Councillors, and Matthew Pennycook MP, for all their hard work in supporting residents on the matter.

 

Councillor Spencer Drury sought clarification as to whether the policy mentioned in question 7 was a Labour Party policy or a Council policy. The Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth confirmed it was a Labour Party policy.

 

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

 

Councillor Aidan Smith asked the Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Sustainability and Transport that as the Mayor of London had a car free day set for September was the Council planning to hold an event this year in Greenwich Town Centre and possibly at other sites as well. The Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Sustainability and Transport confirmed that something was being planned, the size of it was dependent on funding.

 

Councillor Mehboob Khan asked the Leader of the Council how many of the communications he received from the public related to his Cabinet reshuffle. The Leader of the Council stated he had not received a single communication on the matter from anyone other than from Councillors Matt Hartley and Nigel Fletcher.

 

Councillor Anthony Okereke asked the Leader of the Council for an update on the matter of Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) and Roger Godsiff MP. The Leader of the Council commented on the inclusive work CACT undertook. He noted concerns had been raised from all sides about Roger Godsiff MP. Just prior to Council he had received a communication from CACT that Roger Godsiff had resigned with immediate effect as the Chair of the Trust and the Board; he said that the Council looked forward to working with CACT as an inclusive place and a borough of love not hate.

 

Councillor Spencer Drury asked the Leader of the Council to clarify how the Institute for Fiscal Studies in a report recently published had got their figures wrong in claiming absolute poverty had declined since 2012 and relative poverty had been broadly flat for the last fifteen years.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.

11.

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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Minutes:

The Mayor noted that no requests for matters to be taken early had been received.

 

12.

Changes to the Executive Functions Scheme of Delegation pdf icon PDF 50 KB

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Decision:

Noted the change made to the executive functions scheme of delegation as stated in the report.

 

 

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the change made to the executive functions scheme of delegation as stated in the reportbe noted.

13.

Decisions on Executive Functions taken under Urgency Procedures pdf icon PDF 60 KB

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Decision:

Noted the decision taken by Cabinet under the Constitution’s urgency procedure as stated in the report.

 

 

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Resolved -

 

That the decision taken by Cabinet under the Constitution’s urgency procedure as stated in the report be noted.

14.

Motion - "Impact of Crossrail delay on local residents and businesses" pdf icon PDF 41 KB

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Decision:

Resolved –

 

Council notes the negative impact caused by the failure to deliver theCrossrail project on time and the knock on effect this has had on residents and businesses in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. 

 

Council notes with concern that with each week Crossrail goes undelivered, the cost rises by an additional £30 million with it likely to fall to London residents to foot the bill for this delay. Council further notes the failure of Crossrail engage with our Transport scrutiny panel, which would have allowed Councillors and residents to voice their concerns regarding the delay directly.

 

Council notes the importance of Crossrail in improving access to Central London from the East of the Royal Borough of Greenwich. Council agrees that the delay in delivery means that for commuters, journeys from Woolwich and Abbey Wood to Central London are currently double the time they would be compared to if Crossrail had been delivered on time.

 

Council further notes that the delay means that local businesses, and particularly those around Woolwich and Abbey Wood stations, have longer to wait before realising the economic benefits that Crossrail promises to bring. However, Council notes the comments of the new Crossrail team to set a new opening date for the line and acknowledges the progress made towards this goal since our last meeting.

 

Council also notes that the Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Sustainability & Transport has been representing the Council at high level meetings convened by the Mayor of London who has been holding Crossrail to account and working with all stakeholders to make sure the line is open as quickly as possible.

 

Council formally notes that the Mayor of London’s successful negotiation to agree a finance arrangement with the Government, and the Mayor of London’s implementation of changes to the leadership and governance structure of Crossrail Ltd, have ensured that the outstanding work required to finish the project can now be completed.

 

Council believes it will also be crucial to ensure that the positive impact of Crossrail, once finally delivered, benefits all communities within the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

 

Council notes the progress of the ongoing public realm improvements within the vicinity of the station and requests an update report on progress is provided to a future meeting of the Regeneration scrutiny panel.

 

 

Minutes:

The Mayor noted that the motion had been deferred from the last ordinary meeting of Council.

 

Councillor Charlie Davis moved the motion. He commented that the delay to Crossrail affected not just commuters but the local businesses and local economy. He highlighted that the continuing construction works at Abbey Wood was negatively impacting on businesses there and left the public realm uninviting and difficult to navigate. He suggested that to help businesses there the Council should introduce signage that guided passengers to the shops and encouraged residents to use those local businesses. He suggested that the Council should engage with the Abbey Wood Village Traders Association to develop ways of negating the impact of the delay, and, in the most extreme cases and where applicable, the Council should look to offer business rate relief. He felt there was a need for the Council to speak with businesses and residents about how CIL generated money was spent.

 

In seconding the motion, Councillor Matt Clare, added there was a  need for additional Jubilee line trains.

 

Councillor Danny Thorpe proposed the amendment to the motion, as detailed in the published Tabled Items 2 agenda. It was recognised that everyone in the Chamber was disappointed with the delay, but it was not agreed that the Mayor of London was responsible. He commented on cuts to the Crossrail budget by the Coalition Government. He highlighted that moving forward Crossrail would have its own Board with a high degree of autonomy from TfL. He explained that the Mayor of London had obtained the money to complete Crossrail railway and conduct the intensive testing to ensure there would be a safe and reliable service from day one.

 

The amendment was seconded by Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald.

 

Councillor Charlie Davis did not accept the amendment.

 

Councillor Denise Hyland spoke in support of the amendment. She agreed that the delay was dreadful but that the delay could not be attributed to the Mayor of London. She commented on the problems with the completion of the testing.  She noted support was being given to business near the station, with Bexley Council leading on the complementary measures.

Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald commented on how the Mayor of London had addressed what had gone wrong and had made a commitment to do things differently. She explained that the matter would be looked at by London Councils. She highlighted that the Mayor of London had created a new forum, had brought a change in leadership to the Board, and that showed there was a new direction, that things were going to happen and that the project would be delivered.

 

Councillor Charlie Davis closed the debate on the amendment.

 

The Mayor put the amendment to the vote and with the majority party in favour and the minority party against it was agreed.

 

Councillor Charlie Davis felt that more could be done for the residents and local businesses affected by the delay.

 

Councillor Danny Thorpe closed the debate.

 

The Mayor put the amended motion to the vote  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.

15.

Motion - "Climate Change Emergency" pdf icon PDF 41 KB

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Decision:

Resolved –

 

Council notes:

·        that the impacts of climate breakdown are already causing serious damage around the world;  

 

·        that the ‘Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C’, published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in October 2018, (a) describes the enormous harm that a 2°C average rise in global temperatures is likely to cause compared with a 1.5°C rise, and (b) confirms that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society and the private sector;

 

·        that all governments (national, regional and local) have a duty to act, and local governments that recognise this should not wait for their national governments to change their policies; 

 

·        that strong policies to cut emissions also have associated health, wellbeing and economic benefits;

 

·        and that, recognising this, a growing number of UK local authorities have already passed 'Climate Emergency' motions

 

In Greenwich:

·        The consequences of inaction to address this emergency will include:

               Increased risk of flooding, subsidence, and damage to buildings and infrastructure

               Health problems, particularly for children, the disabled and older people

               Higher energy and food costs

               Increases in social injustice and inequality

 

Council resolves to:

·        Join other local authorities and declare a ‘climate emergency’.

 

·        Pledge to make Royal Borough of Greenwich carbon neutral by 2030   or earlier if possible – and to make sure that in meeting this pledge the Council takes steps to avoid any adverse impacts on vulnerable residents.

 

·        Pledge to develop a Greenwich Carbon Neutral Plan, detailing how the Council’s pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030 will be achieved – and requests that this Greenwich Carbon Neutral Plan is brought to Full Council for approval by January 2020 at the latest.

 

·        Pledge to produce, in January of each year between now and 2030, a Greenwich Climate Emergency Annual Report, detailing the Council’s progress against the Greenwich Carbon Neutral Plan – which will enable members, residents and other local stakeholders to hold the Council to account for delivery of this pledge.

 

·        Pledge to review and update the Action Plan of the Greener Greenwich Strategy. We aim to have this completed by December 2019. We will publish an Annual Report outlining the progress we have made against these actions.

 

·        Pledge to create the first Greenwich Partnership to focus on climate change and ask our partner organisations across Greenwich to make clear commitments to dealing with this crisis.

 

·        Use our lobbying power as a local authority to campaign at the local, London-wide and national level to draw attention to issue and bring about changes at all levels of government.

 

·        Pledge that the Core Strategy will be reviewed to help ensure we deliver our Carbon Neutral target.

 

·        Pledge to explore all opportunities to divest our pension fund investments, while discharging the relevant fiduciary responsibilities to members of the pension fund, and work to ensure that wherever possible any future investments are assessed against these principles. 

 

·        Pledge to ensure that sustainability is central to our Procurement  ...  view the full decision text for item 15.

Minutes:

Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald moved the motion. She highlighted the work already undertaken by the Council, including its Greener Greenwich Strategy and young environmental championship programme. She noted a lot more done had to be done at the national and international level but emphasised that the Royal Borough of Greenwich wanted to play their part by declaring a climate emergency

 

In seconding the motion, Councillor Sarah Merrill commented on the borough’s projected population increase and the pressure to build housing. As Chair of Planning she had suggested one thing they could do was to encourage developers of major developments to do away with concrete because of their emissions and use other material. She noted another pressure was transport, and highlighted the idea of having an anaerobic digestion unit to provide energy.

 

Councillor Matt Hartley proposed the amendment to the motion, as detailed in the published Tabled Items agenda. He thanked Councillor Scott-McDonald for bringing the motion forward. He explained that the amendment had been drafted after considering how other local authorities had addressed the matter. He detailed the proposed amendment.

 

The amendment was seconded by Councillor Matt Clare. He thanked the Extinction Rebellion team for their recent event which some Members had attended. He added that further ideas for consideration in relation to the matter were the extension of Santander cycles to Greenwich, car club cars, water-butts on the side of Council buildings, an express 161 bus, allowing residents and businesses residents groups to pay for new street trees, a rolling replacement of paving stones with a smooth permeable surface, voluntary non-idling zones, have living Christmas trees put them in pots or in gardens or in a designated public place.

 

Councillor Denise Scott-McDonald accepted the amendment.

 

Councillors Charlie Davis, John Fahy, Gary Parker, David Gardner, Mehboob Khan, Nigel Fletcher spoke on the amended motion. It was recognised that there was a need for systemic change and modal shift and for them to be ambitious. The work the Council was doing in terms of recycling was noted but the aim must be towards zero waste. It was commented that they needed to think about car-free developments, that streets should be principally for people rather than cars, and that they needed to think about how they got the majority of the population to cycle. It was recognised that they were going through period of change with regard to energy needs. It was felt new technologies should be supported both for more efficient products but also for the generation of energy. It was recognised that they needed to work in partnership to deliver carbon reduction and grow the local economy. They needed more low carbon jobs. It was stressed that divestment was very important; the Pension Fund was critical in relation to ending the funding of fossil fuel and equally ending the funding of fracking. It was suggested they set date targets for the Fund to eventually remove funds from any area which was known to be unethical. It was emphasised that it  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.