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Minutes pdf icon PDF 17 KB

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RESOLVED that the minutes of that part of the meeting of the Panel, which was open to the press and public, held on 29 July 2014 be confirmed and signed.



Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 34 KB


Councillor John Paschoud declared a non prejudicial Interest as a Council appointed Director for Lewisham Homes.



Response from the Mayor to Overview & Scrutiny Business Panel pdf icon PDF 24 KB


Panel members commented that the response they had received from the Mayor was unsatisfactory and agreed to inform the Mayor that it would be useful to have a timeline and date for completion of the strategic review of Waste and Recycling. Panel members emphasised that the final report to Sustainable Development Select Committee should make reference to the original comments from the Business Panel referral.

RESOLVED     that a referral be sent to Mayor and Cabinet.



Notification of Late and Urgent Items pdf icon PDF 17 KB


None reported.



Decisions made by Mayor and Cabinet on 3 September 2014 pdf icon PDF 218 KB




New Homes, Better Places Phase 2 Update


The Programme Manager, Housing Matters introduced the report. Councillor Dacres commented that she was pleased to note that officers had been quite diligent in their communication with local residents. She asked why there was not sufficient information about Blackheath and was told that phase one of the project would only be concentrating on 4 sites, and Blackheath would form part of phase 2 of the project.  


Councillor John Paschoud said officers should ensure that any decision made should be reported to the appropriate Select Committee so that the proper scrutiny process was followed. Councillor Handley stated that he had discussions with the relevant officers and any further issues would be reported to the Housing Select Committee.


RESOLVED     that the decision of the Mayor be noted.


Council Tax Reduction Scheme: review of 2013/14 scheme and proposals for 2015/16


The Head of Public Services introduced the report. Councillor Mallory asked whether the savings made from the hardship allowance, and the additional money collected for Council tax had offset the cost of  bailiffs and collection of council tax debts. It was noted that cost was charged for recovery action. Referring to paragraph 8 of the report Councillor Muldoon asked how long it took to write off debt. The Head of Public Services said that as soon as someone meets the criteria their debt would be written off, but generally debts were not written off. 


Councillor Muldoon asked if officers had considered a no interest loan scheme and was told although this was not currently available, officers worked closely with Lewisham Credit Union, and would investigate the possibility of a no interest loan scheme.


Councillor John Paschoud stated that officers should be commended for the sensitive way they had handled most of the cases, and asked whether the software issues had been resolved, and was told progress was being made. Councillor Milne asked why the take up was so low, and whether it was the same for other London Boroughs. It was noted that the figures were comparable.


Councillor Mallory asked what the criteria for the hardship allowance were. He was told it was for someone who is disabled, or looking after a disabled child below the age of 5. Also over 50 and unemployed could qualify. Panel Members noted that officers relied on front line staff to communicate this information, which is also available on the website.


The Chair said that although the collection rate was higher than anticipated it was still lower than in previous years, and Business Panel would continue to scrutinise the scheme.


RESOLVED     that the decision of the Mayor be noted.


Development Management Local Plan


The Planning Policy Manager introduced the report. Councillor Dacres asked how this plan relates to the local neighbourhood plan, and was told that within the plan hierarchy the local neighbourhood plan is at the bottom forming part of the council’s development plan, which is part of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.


Overview & Scrutiny Select Committees Work Programmes 2014 - 2015 - Verbal Update


Panel members noted that discussions were underway about the Budget timetable.



Exclusion of the Press and Public pdf icon PDF 21 KB




 RESOLVED that   under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government

                              Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from

                              the meeting for the following items of business on

                              the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of

                              exempt information as defined in paragraphs 3, 4

                              and 5 of Part 1 of Schedule 12(A) of the Act, as

                              amended by the Local Authorities (Executive

                              Arrangements) (Access to information)

                              Amendments) (England) Regulations 2006 and the

                              public interest in maintaining the exemption

                              outweighs the public interest in disclosing the



The following is a summary of the items considered in the closed part of the meeting:



Decision made by Mayor and Cabinet on 3 September 2014





Decisions made by Mayor and Cabinet (Contracts) on 3 September 2014


Highways Resurfacing Contracts


RESOLVED that     

i.              the decision of the Mayor be noted.

ii.         a referral be made to Mayor and Cabinet requesting                       that at the end of this contract, a report be brought back to Mayor and Cabinet prior to any extension, to ensure proper and timely scrutiny.



The meeting closed at 8:35pm.     







Decision made by Executive Officer under Delegated Authority - Tender Award for Sydenham Literary Piazza at Home Park


Decision made By Executive Officer under Delegated Authority - Contract Award for the Role of Architect on the Campshill Road Extra Care Scheme


Decision made by Executive Officer under Delegated Authority - Contract Award for the role of Architect for Capacity Studies on Phase 3 and 4 of the New Homes, Better Places Programme