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’ oral questions in line with procedure Rule A1.43.

Minutes:

The Mayor stated that 58 written questions had been received from Members of the Council.  The questions and replies, together with the supplementary submissions made during the meeting are attached as Appendix B to the minutes.

 

As a general supplementary question in relation to questions 1 to 12, Councillor Mehboob Khan asked the Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth if he would join him in congratulating the residents of New Capital Quay in Greenwich West for forming an action group in order to campaign to ensure that Galliard homes improved the safety of the homes that they live in, and asked if he empathised with residents who were angry and upset and anxious that they were still living in properties that were a fire hazard two years on from the Grenfell tragedy

 

Councillor Sizwe James, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth thanked Councillor Khan for his supplementary question and stated he was in agreement with both points. He thanked Greenwich West Ward Councillors, and Matthew Pennycook MP, for all their hard work in supporting residents on the matter.

 

Councillor Spencer Drury sought clarification as to whether the policy mentioned in question 7 was a Labour Party policy or a Council policy. The Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth confirmed it was a Labour Party policy.

 

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

 

Councillor Aidan Smith asked the Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Sustainability and Transport that as the Mayor of London had a car free day set for September was the Council planning to hold an event this year in Greenwich Town Centre and possibly at other sites as well. The Cabinet Member for Air Quality, Sustainability and Transport confirmed that something was being planned, the size of it was dependent on funding.

 

Councillor Mehboob Khan asked the Leader of the Council how many of the communications he received from the public related to his Cabinet reshuffle. The Leader of the Council stated he had not received a single communication on the matter from anyone other than from Councillors Matt Hartley and Nigel Fletcher.

 

Councillor Anthony Okereke asked the Leader of the Council for an update on the matter of Charlton Athletic Community Trust (CACT) and Roger Godsiff MP. The Leader of the Council commented on the inclusive work CACT undertook. He noted concerns had been raised from all sides about Roger Godsiff MP. Just prior to Council he had received a communication from CACT that Roger Godsiff had resigned with immediate effect as the Chair of the Trust and the Board; he said that the Council looked forward to working with CACT as an inclusive place and a borough of love not hate.

 

Councillor Spencer Drury asked the Leader of the Council to clarify how the Institute for Fiscal Studies in a report recently published had got their figures wrong in claiming absolute poverty had declined since 2012 and relative poverty had been broadly flat for the last fifteen years. The Leader of the Council said that the Conservative Party’s mantra was job creation whilst failing to address the abject poverty that children up and down the country were living in, and that night twenty thousand children in the Royal Borough of Greenwich would be living in poverty which equated to ten children in every single one of their classrooms.

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