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Councillor Liam Curran declared a personal interest in Item 7 as a member of
the Baring Trust and the Grove Park Neighbourhood Forum.
Councillor Kevin Bonavia declared a personal interest in Item 7 as a member
of the Steering Group of Lewisham Station Users Group.
Councillor John Paschoud declared a personal interest in Item 8 as the
spouse of an affected person.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meetings held on October 2 and
November 1 2019 be confirmed and signed as correct records.
The Chair welcomed to the meeting the new Young Mayor, Femi Komolafe
and Deputy Young Mayor, Aaliyah Odedina.
The Mayor spoke to the item and congratulated the winning candidates on
their success at the polls. He expressed his pride in the programme and noted
this would be the sixteenth year of the scheme and he pointed to the enduring
success of the Young Mayoralty now established as a permanent and
valued feature of the Lewisham landscape and attracting consistently
high calibre candidates and interest, as shown by the high 55.01%
turn out this of eligible voters which was significantly higher than the
comparable figure for local government elections. He noted that Lewisham
had initiated a scheme that had been widely copied both nationally and
He thanked the outgoing Young Mayor, and Deputy Young Mayor, Adam
Abdullah and Nike Ajijola, for their service in what he described
as a successful and very busy year. The Mayor said he had been impressed
by Adam’s bold and radical manifesto and his sustained commitment to tackle
inequality and face the issue of youth violence while at the same time
balancing his role with his very successful studies. He further praised Nike as
an inspiring young woman who had achieved much in empowering girls and
had proved to be an excellent ambassador for Lewisham.
The new Young Mayor and Deputy Young Mayor then signed their
Declarations of Acceptance of Office and an undertaking to abide by the Code
of Practice for their respective roles which were witnessed by the Chief
The outgoing Deputy Young Mayor addressed the meeting thanking the
Council for the opportunity given to her which she believed was a life
changing and had instilled her with confidence to make efforts to make
Lewisham a better place. She pledged to remain involved and to fight to give
a voice to others.
The outgoing Young Mayor then addressed the meeting and reflected in
Detail on his achievements during his year of office. He thanked all those who
had supported him at the polls and then during his term as Young Mayor. He
pointed out he had been elected on a manifesto containing five specific
promises and he had fulfilled all of them to greater or lesser extent
Councillor Paul Maslin presented two petitions. The first petition was signed by 11 business owners and opposed any demolition in the Achilles Street area. The second was supported by about 800 directly and indirectly affected residents and also opposed any demolition in that area.
Councillor Tauseef Anwar presented a petition bearing 821 names opposing the closure of Brockley Road Medical Centre and a proposed merger with Hillyfields Medical Centre.
Ward Boundary Review
The revised dates of the Review were noted by the Council.
Freedom of the Borough
The Chair reported she had received a joint communication from Sir Steve
Bullock DL and Kris Hibbert sending their heartfelt thanks for the Freedom
ceremony conducted on November 1.
The Mayor issued invitations to join him at his Christmas Carol Service on
Sunday 8 December at 6p.m. at All Saints Church 105, New Cross Road
SE14 and at a Chanukah celebration in the Civic Suite on Monday December
23 at 7pm.
The Mayor invited financial contributions for a Winter Appeal to support the
999 Club and the Lewisham Foodbank.
Ward Boundary Review Working Party
The Deputy Mayor reported that Councillors Bonavia, Davis and Penfold had
been invited to join the Ward Boundary Review Working Party.
43 questions were received from members of the public which
were answered by the Cabinet Member indicated. Within the time available all
questioners were given the opportunity to raise supplementary questions.
A copy of the questions and answers was circulated separately and can be
viewed on the Council website with the meeting papers.
12 questions were received from Councillors which were answered by the
Cabinet Members indicated. A copy of the questions and answers was
circulated separately and can be viewed on the Council’s website with the
Councillor Susan Wise moved that the recommendations be approved
and this was seconded by Councillor Kevin Bonavia and it was then
(1) the report of London Councils Independent Remuneration Panel and that
of Sir Rodney Brooke both of which were appended to the report before the
CWP on 29 October 2019 and are now before Council as part of Appendix 1
be noted, and having had regard to those documents:-
(2) the draft minutes of the CWP dated 29 October as set out in Appendix 2
be noted; and
(3) the proposed amended Constitution appearing in Appendix 1 be approved
subject to the amendments proposed by CWP as set out in paragraphs 5 and
(4) officers be asked to ensure that the amended Constitution is publicly
available and that the amended Scheme of Members’ Allowances (which is
varied only in relation to the categorisation of approved duties) is published in
a local newspaper.
Councillor Kevin Bonavia moved that the recommendations be approved
and this was seconded by Councillor John Paschoud and it was then
RESOLVED that the Returning Officer’s proposals on polling districts and
places appearing at Appendix A be approved with effect from 2 January 2020.
Councillor Brenda Dacres moved that the recommendations be approved
and this was seconded by Councillor Sophie McGeevor and it was then
RESOLVED that the power to make byelaws to govern the operation of
dockless bikes by making a pan-London byelaw be delegated to the London
Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee.
The meeting closed at 8.46pm.