Greenwich Council

Agenda item.

Questions from Members

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 questions.



The Mayor stated that 36 written questions had been received from Members of the Council.  The questions and replies, together with the supplementary submissions made during the meeting were attached as Appendix B to the minutes.


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


Councillor Matt Hartley offered to help the Leader of the Council with examples of waste and inefficiency with regards to making efficiency savings to Council back office functions. The Leader of the Council stated that the issue of finances and budget setting was extremely serious and the idea that there was anyone left in the organization being wasteful and inefficient was a disgraceful assertion to make. He offered to walk the floors of the buildings with Councillor Hartley to see the efficiency programme in action as well as take him to Charlton Manor to see the impact of school cuts. 


Councillor Pat Greenwell asked the Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and the Third Sector what plans the Council currently had for the Tarn as local residents had voiced concerns about the water quality. The Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and the Third Sector stated that she would speak with officers and look into this matter.


Councillor Nigel Fletcher asked the Leader of the Council whether he welcomed the Mayor of London’s decision to support the Planning Board’s decision to reject planning consent for the Rockwell Development, Charlton (sic – VIP Trading Estate & VIP Industrial Estate, Anchor & Hope Lane, Charlton, SE7) and join him in sending a message to developers that whilst there was desire for more housing in the Borough it could not be at any cost. The Leader of the Council commented that he thought it was a great example of the Planning Board’s assessment of applications to hold people to account for their application in a very robust and very public way. It was a great example of the Council and the community working together to make those arguments.


The Leader stated he would like to place on record his thanks to all the Planning Board Members and Ward Members who had been involved, the GLA Member and the MP for making representations.


Councillor Charlie Davis asked the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Integrated Enforcement that given the GLA Conservatives proposed alternative budget, which would have seen an extra 1378 police officers on our streets was voted down by GLA Labour Members, would she agree it was worth the Council writing a cross party letter to the Mayor of London and GLA Labour to get those police officers on the street.


The Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Integrated Enforcement replied that the Conservative Group should lobby the Government and not the Mayor of London or the Council who did not have control over the budgetary allowances.


Councillor Geoff Brighty asked the Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Public Realm and Transport who would be monitoring the Travel Plan for Ikea and what recourses there were for residents of the Borough who experience issues from any traffic impact.


The Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Public Realm and Transport said that there had been discussions with Ikea who were encouraged to do a soft launch and to engage with the local community. The Cabinet Member added that a small group of Officers had been set up with other individuals to monitor the situation throughout the whole process.

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