Greenwich Council

Agenda and decisions.

Venue: Rooms 4 & 5, Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich SE18 6PW

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.

2.

Urgent Business

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

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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4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 59 KB

To agree, as a true and accurate record, the Minutes of the Cabinet Meeting held on [DATE].

 

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.

5.

Royal Borough of Greenwich Safeguarding Children Annual Report pdf icon PDF 56 KB

To note the 2018/19 Royal Borough of Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report, and make any comments on the report which may assist the Safeguarding Children Board in assuring itself of the effectiveness of safeguarding for children in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

 

 

 

 

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Decision:

Noted the 2018/19 Royal Borough of Greenwich Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report, and make any comments on the report which may assist the Safeguarding Children Board in assuring itself of the effectiveness of safeguarding for children in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.

 

 

 

6.

Decision Report regarding the Introduction of CCTV Fees & Charges pdf icon PDF 90 KB

To agree the proposed Fees & Charges to be implemented for CCTV subject access requests from insurance groups and solicitors including individuals regarding civil claims from 2019-20.

 

 

 

 

Decision:

Agreed the proposed Fees & Charges to be implemented for CCTV subject access requests from insurance groups and solicitors including individuals regarding civil claims from 2019-20.

 

Delegated authority to the Director of Finance and Director of Housing & Safer Communities, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Children Services & Community Safety, to agree the level of fees and charges for the CCTV service.

 

 

 

 

7.

Use of Third Party Enforcement in Support of the Safer Spaces Service pdf icon PDF 119 KB

To approve the use of  3rd party enforcement to support the new operating model for the Safer Spaces service area. To note this proof of concept exercise will be for 12 months with option to extend for a further 6 months. To note how the service intends to monitor, manage and ensure the quality of delivery by the selected provider.

 

 

 

 

Decision:

Approved the use of  3rd party enforcement to support the new operating model for the Safer Spaces service area.

 

Noted this proof of concept exercise will be for 12 months with option to extend for a further 6 months.

 

Noted how the service intends to monitor, manage and ensure the quality of delivery by the selected provider.

 

 

 

 

8.

DG Cities' Business Plan pdf icon PDF 117 KB

To note the DG Cities’ 2019/20 Business and approve financial support to DG Cities Ltd to support the delivery of the Business Plan, up to a maximum of £1.5m by way of loan financing for 12 months.

 

 

 

 

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Decision:

Noted the DG Cities’ 2019/20 Business Plan, and the company’s success in securing external funding to deliver a range of innovation initiatives in the Borough, as set out in Appendix One.

 

Approved financial support to DG Cities Ltd to support the delivery of the Business Plan, up to a maximum of £1.5m by way of loan financing for 12 months.

 

Delegated the details of the financial arrangement, within the parameters set out in this report, to the Director of Finance.

 

 

 

 

9.

Digital Connectivity Strategy pdf icon PDF 157 KB

To agree the Greenwich digital connectivity strategy.

 

 

 

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Decision:

Agreed the Greenwich digital connectivity strategy, set out in Annex B.

 

Agreed to the establishment of a Joint Venture (JV) with a private sector infrastructure provider to deliver a fibre to the premises (FttP) infrastructure across the Borough.

 

Agreed the next steps set out in section 10 of the report including the selection of a suitable commercial partner.

 

Subject to the above, Agreed:

(i)  To allocate £1.1 million to design and implement Phase 1 of the strategy focused on Woolwich, including legal and project management costs, to match the private partner’s investment;

 

(ii) Note that further investment of approximately £15 million in the JV will be required for the subsequent roll out across the rest of the Borough (Phase 2).

 

 

 

 

10.

Update to the Municipal Waste Strategy 2016-2025 - “Towards Zero Waste” and public consultation pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To consider the Royal Borough of Greenwich Municipal Waste Strategy (2016-2025) - “Towards Zero Waste” and approve a borough wide resident consultation.

 

 

 

 

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Decision:

Noted the report and the attached draft update to the Royal Borough of Greenwich Municipal Waste Strategy (2016-2025) - “Towards Zero Waste”.

 

Approved a borough wide resident consultation to inform a final draft of the “Towards Zero Waste” Strategy Update and develop waste and recycling policy and operations in Royal Greenwich up until 2025. 

 

 

 

 

11.

Royal Borough of Greenwich Reduction and Recycling Plan pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To approve the submission of the Greenwich Reduction and Recycling Plan (RRP) to the Mayor of London on 22nd November 2019.

 

 

 

 

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Decision:

Approved the submission of the Greenwich Reduction and Recycling Plan (RRP) to the Mayor of London on 22nd November 2019.

 

 

 

 

12.

Start Well Greenwich 2020-25 pdf icon PDF 139 KB

To award 4 contracts further to the procurement of Start Well Greenwich Services.

 

 

 

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Decision:

Approved the award of contracts for Lots 1 and 2 of Start Well Greenwich Services to Greenwich Leisure Limited for periods of 5 years commencing 1st April 2020 with the option to extend for up to a further 4 years. Total contract value:

 

Years 1-5 Lot 1 (East) £9,054,568.14

Years 6-9 Lot 1 (East) £ 7,243,799.23

Years1-5 Lot 2 (South) £12,891,815.63.

Years 6-9 Lot 2 (South) is £10,314,140.11.

 

Approved the award of a contract for Lot 3 of Start Well Greenwich Services to Home Start Greenwich for a period of 5 years commencing 1st April 2020 with the option to extend for up to a further 4 years. Total contract value:

 

Years 1-5 Lot 3 (Central) is £17,086,334.33.

Years 6-9 for Lot 3 (Central) is £13,680,964.29

 

Approved the award of a contract for Lot 4 of Start Well Greenwich Services to Quaggy Development Trust for a period of 5 years commencing 1st April 2020 with the option to extend for up to a further 4 years. Total contract value:

 

Years 1-5 for Lot 4 (West) is £11,262,545.

Year 6-9 for Lot 4 (West) is £ 9,010,036

 

Delegated to the Director of Children Services the authority to finalise and agree with the appointed providers the detailed contractual and performance management arrangements to underpin these services.

 

Agreed the granting of the leases of the properties listed in Appendix D at peppercorn rents to the providers awarded the Start Well contracts listed in 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 above.

 

Agreed the granting of the leases of the properties used for the delivery of early years childcare/nursery provisions within the Children’s Centres at peppercorn rent to the relevant providers as part of the Children’s Centre statutory core offer (as indicated in Appendix D) and in accordance with the Heads of Terms set-out in Appendix E.

 

Delegated to the Director of Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills (DRES) in consultation with the Director of Children’s Services, the authority to negotiate the detailed terms of the leases to be granted for 1.5 and 1.6 above.  

 

Noted under the current scheme of delegation the Leader approves leases of land or property at below market rates, in this case, the Leader has agreed to a variation to the scheme of delegation to enable Cabinet to make the decision specified in paragraphs 1.5 and 1.6.

 

Noted the next steps for Lot 5 and Lot 6, as set out in paragraph 7.8 and 7.9 respectively.

 

 

 

 

13.

Revenue Monitoring 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 99 KB

To note the revenue monitoring position.

 

 

 

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Decision:

Noted the revenue monitoring position based on period 5 end of August 2019 data.

 

Noted that management action will take place to contain expenditure pressures within existing resources wherever possible, to ensure that the Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) remains on track, with particular focus on three areas of concern (para 5.2 refers).

 

Noted that after taking account of the currently planned management actions, at this stage of the year, the General Fund budget is reporting a headline:

·                    forecast overspend pressure of £15.9m

·                    corporate overspend pressure of £2.2m related to “No Recourse to Public Funds”.

 

Noted that the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) is currently reporting pressures of £3.6m.

 

Noted the progress in achieving the 2019/20 ongoing base budget savings of £2.25m as mentioned in detail in section 4.4 of this report.

 

Noted that directorates have been progressing further one-off measures to reduce the headline overspend pressure by a cumulative sum of £5m, from the sum mentioned in section 1.3.

 

 

 

 

14.

GS Plus Ltd and GSS Ltd Annual Report 2018/19 and Interim Report 2019/20 pdf icon PDF 82 KB

To note the Annual Reports and Audited Accounts 2018/19 and Interim Reports 2019/20 refer the report for further consideration to Overview & Scrutiny Committee.

 

 

 

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Decision:

 

Noted the Annual Reports and Audited Accounts 2018/19 and Interim Reports 2019/20 for the Council’s wholly owned companies: –

 

i)               Greenwich Service Solutions Ltd (GSS); summarised in sections 4.1-4.2 and detailed in the Audited Accounts 2018/19 and Budget 2019/20 attached to this report at Appendix A (i) and (ii).

 

ii)              GS Plus Ltd (GSP); summarised in sections 4.3-4.4 and detailed in the Audited Accounts 2018/19 and Budget 2019/20 attached to this report at Appendix B (i) and (ii).

 

Noted that while the companies remain on track within current financial plans, the underlying future position is unchanged as outlined in section 3.7.

 

Noted the progress of the Transformation Programme in place to deliver on the future direction of the Companies agreed at Cabinet on 20 February 2019 as outlined in section 5.

 

Agreed to refer the report for further consideration to Overview & Scrutiny Committee.

 

 

 

 

15.

EXEMPT ITEMS

It is proposed that, pursuant to section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 and the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they may involve the disclosure of exempt information as defined in Schedule 12A of the Act, by virtue of the particular paragraph shown on the agenda and on the attached reports.

 

·        Exempt Appendices A & B to Start Well Greenwich - Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Services 2020 (Item 12). Exempt by virtue of paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended): Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person including the authority holding that information.