Greenwich Council

Agenda and decisions.

Venue: Council Chamber - Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich SE18 6PW. View directions

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

Note: The deadline for public questions is 12 noon on Wednesday, 10 July 2019 

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

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2.

Minutes

To agree the Minutes of the Council Meeting held on 26 June 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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Mayor's Announcements

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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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5.

Notice of Members wishing to exceed the 5 minute rule

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6.

Submission of Petitions

Presentation to the Council of petitions for consideration.

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Public Deputations on matters not otherwise on the agenda

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Public Questions pdf icon PDF 232 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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Questions from Members pdf icon PDF 189 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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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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11.

Statement of Accounts 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 49 KB

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Decision:

Noted the Audit Findings Report (AFR) for the Royal Borough of Greenwich (Appendix 1b of the report) and the Pension Fund (Appendix 2b of the report)

 

Noted the comments of the Audit and Risk Management Panel and Pension Fund Investment and Administration Panel

 

Approved the Statement of Accounts for the year ended 31 March 2019 at Appendix 1d of the report, incorporating agreed amendments.

 

Agreed that the Mayor signs and dates the revised Statement of Accounts.

 

12.

Treasury Management Outturn 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 126 KB

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Agreed the Treasury Management Outturn Report for 2018/19

 

 

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Resolution to Adopt Powers to Undertake Enforcement of Traffic Contraventions by CCTV pdf icon PDF 77 KB

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Noted the civil enforcement powers granted to the Council by the London Local Authorities and Transport for London Act 2003 relating to moving traffic contraventions.

 

Approved the transfer of powers from the Metropolitan Police to the Council to enforce moving traffic contraventions under the London Local Authorities and Transport for London Act 2003, with effect from 30th December 2019 (“the Appointed Day”).

 

Noted that London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee has approved the Council’s application for the implementation of enforcement of traffic contraventions by CCTV.

 

Noted the variation to the Council’s Parking Strategy (as approved by the Leader pursuant to his decision referred to in the first point above) that all moving traffic contraventions including bus lanes and bus stops / bus stands would be enforced and that that enforcement would not be limited to the contraventions listed in the Parking Strategy appended at Appendix 1 to the Cabinet report dated 6th December 2017;

 

Noted the authority delegated under the Leader’s decision as referred to in the first point above, to the Director of Regeneration Enterprise and Skills to be responsible for the exercise of the civil enforcement powers and to allocate responsibility to such officers as may be required to act on their behalf.

 

 

 

 

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Motion - "Improving support for Armed Forces members and veterans in Greenwich" pdf icon PDF 36 KB

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Resolved -  

 

Council notes the invaluable contribution that members of the Armed Forces and veterans make in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and re-iterates its support for the Armed Forces community expressed in various ways including through the Royal Greenwich Get Together, Armed Forces Day events and its support of the Armed Forces Covenant.

 

Council notes that Greenwich has:

 

·        The second highest number of Armed Forces pension recipients in London

·        The highest level of compensation for injury of any borough in the capital

·        160 pupils claiming the Service Pupil Premium in local schools, the second highest level in London

·        The high concentration of retired Gurkhas and their families in the Borough who have served gallantly but face additional challenges to enjoy a good quality of life

·        Appointed Councillor Hills as Armed Forces and Veterans’ Champion with Councillor Cornforth as Deputy

 

Council therefore requests that the administration takes the following practical steps to further improve support for Armed Forces members and veterans in Greenwich, in line with recommendations for local authorities developed by the Royal British Legion:

 

·        Complement the existing role of an elected member acting as the Council’s Armed Forces Champion by formally appointing, and making partner organisations and the public aware of,

1) an overall Armed Forces Officer Champion, and

2) an Armed Forces Directorate Champion working in each directorate, with all relevant details made available on a dedicated page on the Council’s website

 

·        Provide support to all Council staff to raise awareness of the specific support available to Armed Forces members and veterans from the Council and other agencies – including exploring the delivery of appropriate training to Council staff

 

·        Pledge to gather more data about the Armed Forces community in Greenwich, to improve targeted support interventions in the future

 

·        Take steps to raise awareness of the Service Pupil Premium in local schools to ensure that more families who are eligible for this scheme, but may not currently be accessing it, are able to benefit

 

·        Continue to support Remembrance activities and show the borough’s appreciation for our Armed Forces members and veterans at every opportunity

 

Council requests that the measures outlined above are implemented as soon as possible and no later than December 2019. 

           

Further, Council will continue to collaborate with military organisations, the Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust, Old Royal Naval College, Royal Museums Greenwich, the Woolwich Garrison Church Trust and others to promote the unique military and naval heritage of Woolwich and Greenwich.  Moreover, we call on the Government to retain the 300-year old military presence in Woolwich and reaffirm our opposition to the closure of the Woolwich army station and fully support the campaign by Matthew Pennycook MP for a reversal of this decision