Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes.

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Contact: Jean Riddler  Email: jean.riddler@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 5857

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Panel.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received for Councillors Ashikodi, Hills and Mardner.

2.

Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items of urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.

Minutes:

There were no urgent items of business.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 37 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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Minutes:

Resolved –

 

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

4.

Action Points Review of the previous meeting, of 27 June 2019. pdf icon PDF 37 KB

The Panel is requested to confirm that the actions requested at previous meetings of the Panel which have been completed and note the status of any actions which are outstanding or ongoing.

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Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That it be noted that the actions requested at previous meetings of the Panel been completed and there were no actions which are outstanding or ongoing.

5.

Service Performance Report - Parks, Estates and Open Spaces pdf icon PDF 94 KB

This report is to provide the Community Safety and Environment Scrutiny Panel with information on three areas of the Parks, Estate and Open Spaces Service, including; how the Service works with Park Friends Groups, safety in parks and waste management in parks.

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Minutes:

Before moving to accept the Officers presentation the Chair advised Members and public attendees that the purposed of the report and discussion was to allow the Panel to scrutinise the performance of Parks, Estates and Open Spaces within the resources available.  That the debate should be focused on the substance of the report and any issues raised should be in relation to the report and the Borough as an entirety.

 

The Chair advised that, in addition to Council Officers, the Chair of the Greenwich Parks Forum was in attendance to respond to questions from Panel Members. 

 

The Deputy Director Communities and Environment presented the report, advising that it covered the three main areas of how the Service worked with the Park Friends Groups, safety in parks and waste management in the parks.  He thanked all the Friends Groups and staff for their work to maintain the parks during the recent heatwave.

 

Scrutiny Panel Members sought the Chair of the Greenwich Parks Forum’s views on the level of support Friends Groups received from the Council officers. 

 

The Chair of the Greenwich Parks Forum advised the Panel that the Forum represented all the Boroughs Friends Groups and worked to ensure a constant dialogue was maintain in respect of funding issues, ensuring those funds were well spent and works or projects were completed as quickly as possible.  The Forum also allowed Friends Groups to share issues or problems they were having with others who may have a solution, encoring an environment of mutual support between the Groups.

 

In respect of the support to New Groups, the Chair of the Greenwich Parks Forum confirmed that they supported all groups, whether long term established or in the early stages of being formed.  Further, the Forum was looking at the feasibility of creating a mentoring system between established and new groups. 

 

In respect of Panel Members questions on the level of support given to developing new groups the Deputy confirmed that the post of Community Engagement Officer had been filled and the officer was working closely with the Forum and any interested Ward Councillors, on supporting the establishment of new groups.  However, Officers need to ensure that any group established adopted and adhered to the agreed Friends of Parks contract.

 

The Community Engagement Officer confirmed that she was the first point of contact for Friends Groups, supporting both established and new groups as well as helping any person or group interested in setting up a new Friends Group.  She advised that there was information on the Council Website on starting a new Friends group and she had been reaching out to interested people through the local Neighbourhood Panels. 

 

The Deputy Director added that the Councils Enforcement Officers, who, dealt with antisocial business (ASAB) in parks, Park Rangers and other Council Officers would pass on the details, by agreement, of anyone identified as interested in maintaining the parks, displaying civic pride or an environmental champion, to encourage further engagement.

 

He continued that the number of people interested  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Commissioning Future Reports pdf icon PDF 42 KB

The Panel is asked to note the work items that are scheduled to be presented to the meeting of the Community Safety and Environment Scrutiny Panel on 19 September 2019.

Minutes:

The Chair asked Members to advise both him and the Corporate Governance Officer of any parties that they wished to invite to attend the next meeting to give evidence to the Panel in respect of the Item on Hate Crime.  Ideally by no later than Friday 28 July 2019.

 

Resolved -

 

To note the work items that are scheduled to be presented to the meeting of the Community Safety and Environment Scrutiny Panel on 19 September 2019.