Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes.

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Contact: Nassir Ali  Email: Nassir.Ali@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 6160

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Panel.

Minutes:

 

Apologies was received for Councillor Sizwe James, the Cabinet Member for Growth and Strategic Development.

 

2.

Urgent Business

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

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 39 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.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

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

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 14 February 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.

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Regeneration, Transport and Culture Scrutiny Panel held on 14 February 2019 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

 

5.

Cabinet Member Report - Culture, Leisure and the Third Sector pdf icon PDF 201 KB

To receive an update on performance progress against the priorities for the Cabinet Member’s portfolio areas of Culture and Leisure.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and the Third Sector who provided an update on the Woolwich Creative District which was now moving into the construction phase. She confirmed that negotiations with Punchdrunk had concluded and the appointed Chief Executive would take up his full time role in August 2019. She stated she was also happy to schedule a site visit for Panel Members.

Action: CGO / Cabinet Member

 

In relation to the Performing Arts Hub – Borough Halls, the Cabinet Member stated that all options were being kept open to ensure community use and benefits to the local community.

 

The Cabinet Member updated Panel Members on the Royal Greenwich Festivals, Libraries and Sport, Visit Greenwich and Royal Heritage Trust summarising the details in the report.

 

In response to a question, the Cabinet Member confirmed that later openings for libraries during exam season had been trailed at no extra cost and would be looked at further.

 

In response to questions on the Borough Halls, The Cabinet Member explained that in 2015 proposals for a joint venture model were considered as part of a lengthy process and it was found that the expressions of interest did not comply with requirements. She stated that the Council had received legal advice which allowed the marketing of the building to individual operators and that the Council was currently in ongoing talks with a theatre and cultural organisation that was not part of the original 2015 list. She added that a business analysis had been completed and that this would be a different model to the Greenwich Theatre however she could not give any more details as there was an exclusivity period.

 

The Cabinet Member confirmed that a full report would be produced once the decision was ready to be taken and that the Council was committed to using the building for cultural purposes. She stated there would be no conflict with Woolwich Creative District as they would offer different activities.

 

The Panel requested that the final decision report be submitted for scrutiny prior to the decision being taken.

Action: DCE / CGO

 

In response to a question, the Director of Communities and Environment

confirmed that Members will make the final decision on the Borough Halls and that information would be made available once the proposals were fully developed. The Cabinet Member added that the final decision would be in the best interest of the local community.

 

In response to a question on the options that had been considered in relation to the Borough Halls, the Cabinet Member stated that opportunities for the conversion of the building were limited due to the lack of windows and that changing it from what it was developed for would cost a lot of money.

 

The Panel noted the money already spent on the Woolwich Creative District and felt the additional sum to be spent on the Borough Halls could lead to “cultural overkill”. They highlighted the possible affects that the new proposals would  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Cabinet Member Report - Growth and Strategic Development pdf icon PDF 94 KB

To note the update on the Growth and Strategic Development Portfolio.

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills who summarised the Cabinet Member Priorities.

 

In response to a question on the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) charging schedule and collection, the Director Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills confirmed that the Royal Borough had a commitment to contribute £15m to TfL as part of the funding arrangements for the fit-out of the Woolwich Crossrail Station. She added that collections were efficient and this was not an area of risk.

 

The Panel stated that the Royal Borough’s Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund was oversubscribed with a number local community initiatives missing out on funding. They felt the neighbourhood portion of CIL could be increased and that the 4% admin portion seemed too high. The Director Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills advised that the percentages were in line with other Local Authorities and when Neighbourhood Plans were approved the percentage of Neighbourhood CIL increases to 25%.

 

In response to a question on the Eltham Masterplan, the Director Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills confirmed it was not in the process of being reviewed due to the heavy work programme adding that the priority areas were that with large scale developments.

 

In response to questions, the Director Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills confirmed that Members would be involved in the update of the Infrastructure Delivery Plan in terms of ensuring good methodology and best practice. She added that economic development and jobs would also be looked at as part of the emerging Economic Development Strategy.

 

The Panel requested that Economic Development Strategy be submitted for pre-decision scrutiny as part of next year’s Overview and Scrutiny Work Programme.

Action: CGO

 

In response to a question on the local heritage list and heritage risk register, the Director Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills confirmed that the category information was contained in the Planning Enforcement Strategy. She added that referrals were mainly resolved through negotiation and that Plumstead was an area for targeted action.

 

In response to questions on the corporate capital maintenance and the Property Asset Strategy, the Director Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills confirmed there would be a review of assets to identify those with minimal usage followed by Member level decisions. She stated that the Council was not in control of the decision on the 2 public toilets in Blackheath and were exploring funding opportunities to bring them back into use.

 

In response to questions on fire safety, the Director Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills confirmed that, following the Grenfell Tragedy, the Council was working with building owners to ensure safety. She stated that all buildings with partial ACM cladding were subject to London Fire Brigade (LFB) assessments adding that LFB were active in Greenwich to ensure interim measures were put in place until further remediation work.

 

Resolved –

 

The Panel noted the update on the Growth and Strategic Development Cabinet portfolio.

 

 

 

 

7.

Cabinet Member Report - Air Quality, Public Realm and Transport pdf icon PDF 74 KB

To note this update, on key responsibilities in the Air Quality, Public Realm & Transport portfolio, and on activity intended to meet them.

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was presented by the Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Public Realm and Transport who summarised her portfolio as contained in the report.

 

In response to a question on cycle lanes, the Cabinet Member stated that the Council was moving in the right direction and highlighted the Thames Path as an example. She added that a bulk segregated cycling facility was being developed and consultation would start this year.

 

In response to questions, the Cabinet Member confirmed that the possibilities of London wide initiatives for bike hire was discussed at the last London Council meeting. She stated that Santander were unwilling to commit to increasing coverage at this stage but the discussions were moving in the right direction.

 

In response to questions, the Assistant Director Transportation confirmed there were fully electric enterprise cars for hire in the Borough. He advised that the Council regularly communicated with the Greater London Authority who monitor the air quality across the river adding that the regulation was not very helpful and there was more work to be done at parliamentary level. He stated that the planning process controlled Non Road Mobile Machinary emission levels and that non car pollution was covered by the City of London private member bills.

 

With regards to Crossrail, the Assistant Director stated that the stations were not ready and this has had an impact on bus operation, Taxi drop-offs and local business. He confirmed the Controlled Parking Zone extensions would not be implemented until closer to the opening date. He added that the council was providing a support and advise service to local businesses and that Berkeley Homes were lobbying TfL to provide new information on opening dates.

 

The Panel noted that meetings with transport providers achieved little as the representatives were usually junior officers.

 

In response to questions, the Cabinet Member advised that the Council had campaigned to limit the bus reductions in the Borough however, TfL had responded citing the lack of money to continue the services. She confirmed that the School Streets Programme would be rolled out and the Council was in discussions with the current schools to make the scheme permanent adding that some roads around schools were not suitable for the programme.

 

In relation to air quality and climate change, the Cabinet Member confirmed that the working group, consisting of the relevant Cabinet Members and Chief Officers, supported the delivery of the Air Quality Action Plan and the Greener Greenwich Strategy. She also advised that the Council was committed to supporting structural change and were willing to declare a climate emergency.

 

Resolved –

 

The Panel noted the Cabinet Members portfolio update.

 

 

 

 

8.

Borough Air Quality monitoring, impact on health and planning policies, impact of Silvertown Proposal. pdf icon PDF 2 MB

To note this update on Air Quality monitoring in Royal Greenwich (Section 2), its impact on key policies and strategies of the Royal Borough (Section 3) and the potential impact of Transport for London’s (TfL’s) Silvertown Tunnel on air quality (Section 4).

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

The report was presented and summarised by the Assistant Director Transportation who confirmed the data provided in the report was from the London Air Quality Network and was freely available for public viewing. He added that there were 10 operational real time automatic monitoring stations in Greenwich which was the most extensive network of any London Borough.

 

In response to questions, the Assistant Director confirmed that increases in Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV’s) add to air quality issues which would affect the area around the Silvertown Tunnel once opened however, this would also likely lead to a reduction of HGV’s around the Woolwich Ferry.

 

The Panel noted the Councils high level objectives and in particular ensuring Greenwich was a great place to grow up. They felt the Council’s support for the Silvertown Project did not support this objective as this would lead to increased cars and traffic which adversely affect the air quality in the local area.

 

Resolved –

 

The Panel noted the update on Air Quality Monitoring in Royal Greenwich.

 

 

 

 

9.

2018/19 Quarter 1-3 Performance monitoring - Directorate Regeneration, Enterprise & Skills pdf icon PDF 128 KB

To note the update on DRES Performance for 2018/19 Q1 to Q3.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

The report was presented by the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills who summarised the content. She highlighted the budget position and stated that parking income figures may change as additional officers had been employed and new approaches were being pursued. She highlighted that responses to Members enquiries was an area for improvement and the directorate was working hard to improve the response times. she stated that the occupancy level for Council commercial lettings was 95%.

 

The Panel requested information on the locations of the Council commercial lettings.

Action: DRES

 

In response to a question on apprenticeships, the Director Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills confirmed that Universities run apprenticeship course however, the directorate has struggled to identify accessible courses for hard to recruit areas such as planning. 

 

Resolved –

 

The Panel noted the update on the DRES performance for 2018/19 Q1 to Q3.

 

 

 

 

10.

Community Led Regeneration Review - Interim Report pdf icon PDF 224 KB

To note and comment on the interim conclusions and recommendations.

 

 

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

The report was introduced by the Chair who thanked officers for producing the report. He advised that due to the lack of a Project Officer in the beginning stages, the review would be rolled-over to the next municipal year to continue work on the social housing element. He highlighted that the interim report focused on the community pre-application processes.

 

Councillor David Stanley, the Project Lead advised that the review could be used as best practice in the future with regards to public involvement as Community Groups, Members and officers had engaged in an open way throughout the process. He highlighted the visit to the University College London as a useful method of gaining expert knowledge and another beacon of good practice. He stated that the interim recommendations were useful and clear at this stage and focused on the pre-planning and application processes and, while recognising the statutory arrangements in place, the project group felt the Council could be more explicit of its expectations. He added that the recommendations would benefit the local community as well as developers.

 

With regards to the University College London visit, Councillor David Stanley highlighted the information on Social Impact Assessments (SIA) and stated that regeneration in the Borough had had a serious impact on the local community and the Council should look into piloting an SIA scheme with the assistance of Just Space.

 

In relation to Neighbourhood Planning, Councillor David Stanley stated that the review had found the process to be resource intensive  however, the main benefit was that it brought the local community together. He suggested there was a need to promote greater awareness of the opportunities and benefits of neighbourhood planning and briefing sessions could be held for local community groups at Better Together meetings.

 

The Panel was addressed by a community group representative who was a member of the review project group. He stated that the review was moving in the right direction however and action plan and timed actions was also needed.

 

The Panel was addressed by local residents who highlighted the importance of the work into community led regeneration and felt there was need to reference the impact that regeneration had had on local jobs and the local environment. They stated that the recommendations were encouraging and a step in the right direction.

 

The Panel requested an update on the Councils record on social housing and a comparison since the appointment of the new Planning Board.

Action: DRES

 

The Panel requested that the final review report be put out to consultation to the wider community.

Action: CGO

 

The Panel requested reassurances from Corporate Governance that resources are confirmed for the next financial year and that the Project Officer would be in place to continue the work.

Action: GCO

 

The Panel requested that the interim report be forwarded to the Cabinet Member for a response to the preliminary recommendations.

Action: CGO

 

Resolved –

 

The Panel noted the interim report and agreed the follow up actions.