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17.

Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 32 KB

Minutes:

Councillor Hall declared a personal interest in Item 5 as a Board Member of

Phoenix Community Housing.

 

Councillor Muldoon declared a personal interest in Item 10 as a Member of

the Shadow Advisory Board of the Local Government Pension Scheme.

 

Councillor Morrison declared a prejudicial interest in Item 16 as a

remunerated member of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority.

 

 

18.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 19 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meetings held on June 11 2014 be

confirmed and signed as a correct record.

19.

Petitions pdf icon PDF 23 KB

Minutes:

Councillor Roy Kennedy presented a petition bearing 10 names from

residents of Otford Crescent calling on the Mayor to take urgent action to

repair both the footpath and road in Otford Crescent SE4.

 

Councillor Mark Ingleby presented a petition bearing 179 names from

residents of the Whitefoot Ward calling on the Council to prevent the

replacement and destruction of existing ornate 1930’s Victorian [sic] lamp-

posts and recognising SE6 as a potential conservation area.

 

Councillor Suzannah Clarke presented a petition bearing 1139 names from

Grove Park Ward residents and station users calling on the Council to

intercede with Network Rail to support an alternative “Access for All Plan” for

Grove Park Station.

 

20.

Public questions pdf icon PDF 26 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

74 questions were received from the following member of the public which

were answered by the Cabinet Member indicated. A copy of the questions

and answers will be circulated separately.

 

1.

Sue Luxton

Cllr Best

2.

Brian Pope

Cllr Bonavia

3.

John Hamilton

Mayor

4.

Ray Woolford

Cllr Maslin

5.

David Edgerton

Cllr Smith

6.

Mrs Richardson

Cllr Smith

7.

Mr M Allen

Cllr Smith

8.

Marietta Stankova

Cllr Smith

9.

Mr Richardson

Cllr Smith

10.

Mr Maxton

Cllr De Ryk

11.

Julie Pannell-Roe

Cllr Smith

12.

Helen Mercer

Cllr Smith

13.

Natalie Doucy

Cllr Smith

14.

AtanasChristey

Cllr Smith

15.

Emman Warren

Cllr Smith

16.

Sarah McMichael

Cllr Smith

17.

Kate Quarry

Cllr Smith

18.

Mr Bull

Cllr Smith

19.

James Stanbury

Cllr Smith

20.

S Chishtie

Cllr Smith

21

Glynis Tomes

Cllr Smith

22.

E Kettlewell

Cllr Smith

23.

Diana Stevenson

Cllr Smith

24.

Damian Griffiths

Cllr Egan

25.

Mr Nisbet

Cllr Smith

26.

Caroline Bray

Cllr Smith

27.

Julie Williams

Cllr Smith

28.

Bilal Khan

Cllr Smith

29.

Clare Griffiths

Cllr Smith

30.

Mark Nightingale

Cllr Smith

31.

Brian Haines

Cllr Smith

32.

Thom Townsend

Cllr Bonavia

33.

Julia Fletcher

Cllr Maslin

34.

June Jolly

Cllr Smith

35.

Stewart Whitworth

Cllr Smith

36.

Rik Andrew

Cllr Smith

37.

Julia Brundell

Cllr Smith

38.

Maggie Poe

Cllr Smith

39.

Dave Plummer

Cllr Egan

40.

John Hamilton

Mayor

41.

Ray Woolford

Cllr Smith

42.

David Edgerton

Cllr Smith

43.

Mrs Richardson

Cllr Smith

44.

Sue Luxton

Cllr Smith

45.

Mr Maxton

Cllr Smith

46.

Mr Richardson

Cllr Best

47.

Sarah McMichael

Cllr Smith

48.

Julia Fletcher

Cllr Smith

49.

Stewart Whitworth

Cllr Smith

50.

Dave Plummer

Cllr Smith

51.

John Hamilton

Mayor

52.

David Edgerton

Cllr Smith

53.

Mrs Richardson

Cllr Smith

54.

Sue Luxton

Cllr Onikosi

55.

Mr Maxton

Cllr Smith

56.

Mr Richardson

Cllr Best

57.

Ray Woolford

Cllr Onikosi

58.

Sarah McMichael

Cllr Smith

59.

Julia Fletcher

Cllr Smith

60.

Mrs Richardson

Cllr Smith

61.

Mr Maxton

Cllr Smith

62.

Sarah McMichael

Cllr Smith

63.

Ray Woolford

Cllr Maslin

64.

Mr Richardson

Cllr Egan

65.

Sarah McMichael

Cllr Smith

66.

Mrs Richardson

Cllr Best

67.

Mr Richardson

Cllr Onikosi

68.

Sarah McMichael

Cllr Smith

69.

Mrs Richardson

Chair of Council

70.

Sarah McMichael

Cllr Smith

71.

Sarah McMichael

Cllr Smith

72.

Sarah McMichael

Cllr Smith

73.

Sarah McMichael

Cllr Smith

74.

Sarah McMichael

Cllr Smith

 

21.

Member questions pdf icon PDF 21 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

14 questions were asked by Members of the Council and written answers

were provided by the Members indicated.

 

1.

Cllr Hall

Mayor

2.

Cllr Roy Kennedy

Cllr Smith

3.

Cllr Jeffrey

Cllr Maslin

4.

Cllr Ibitson

Cllr Smith

5.

Cllr Barnham

Cllr Smith

6.

Cllr Curran

Cllr Smith

7.

Cllr Coughlin

Cllr Bonavia

8.

Cllr Hall

Mayor

9.

Cllr Ibitson

Cllr Smith

10.

Cllr Roy Kennedy

Cllr Smith

11.

Cllr Coughlin

Cllr Egan

12.

Cllr Ibitson

Cllr Smith

13.

Cllr Roy Kennedy

Cllr Bonavia

14.

Cllr Roy Kennedy

Cllr Onikosi

 

22.

Announcements or Communications pdf icon PDF 22 KB

Minutes:

1. Former Councillor Pegg

 

The Chair reported the death of former Councillor Alan Pegg. Following

tributes from the Mayor,and Councillors Wise, Muldoon and Mallory, all

present observed a one minute silence in his memory.

 

2. Queen’s Birthday Honours List

 

The Council noted the award made to Honourary Freewoman Erica Pienaar.

 

3. 24 Maths Competitions

 

The Chair reported on the outstanding success of Kender Primary School in

New Cross in all of the 24 Maths competitions and congratulated all the staff

and pupils who had been involved.

 

23.

Audit of 2013-14 Final Accounts pdf icon PDF 45 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Resources, Councillor Kevin Bonavia, pointed out

page 25 of the external auditors report should have referred to the financial

year ending in March 2014 and he then moved that the recommendations be

approved and this was seconded by the Chair of the Audit Panel, Councillor

Helen Klier, and it was:

 

RESOLVED that

 

(1) the adjustments to the financial statements in the Audit Findings Reports

be noted;

 

(2) the Action Plans set out in the Reports be approved;

 

(3) the Letter of Representation on behalf of the Council be approved;

 

(4) the Annual Governance Statement (AGS) be approved;

 

(5) the 2013/14 audited Statement of Accounts be approved.

 

 

24.

Planning Obligations Supplementary Planning Document - draft for public consultation pdf icon PDF 51 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Alan Smith, moved that the recommendation

be approved and this was seconded by the Chair of the Sustainable

Development Select Committee, Councillor Liam Curran and it was:

 

RESOLVED that the draft Planning Obligations SPD be approved for public

consultation in accordance with the Statement of Community Involvement.

 

25.

Constitutional Change pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair of the Constitution Working Party, Councillor Alan Hall, moved

that the recommendation be approved and this was seconded by the Vice-

Chair of the Working Party, Councillor Susan Wise and it was:

 

RESOLVED that the proposed amendments to the Constitution as detailed in

Appendix 1 to the report be approved.

 

26.

London LGPS Collective Investment Vehicle pdf icon PDF 175 KB

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Resources, Councillor Kevin Bonavia, moved that

the recommendations be approved and this was seconded by the Chair of the

Pensions Investment Committee, Councillor Mark Ingleby, and it was:

 

RESOLVED that

 

(1) the Council becomes a shareholder in the ACS Operator with the cost of

doing so borne by the Pension Fund,

 

(2) a Lewisham Councillor be appointed with the power to act for the local

authority in exercising its rights as a shareholder of the ACS Operator, and

 

(3) in the event of London Councils appointing the Mayor or any other

Lewisham councillor as an interim director of the ACS Operator, pending

authorisation by the FCA, that appointment be approved, noting that interim

directors may be replaced once FCA authorisation is formally applied for.

27.

Municipal Bonds Agency pdf icon PDF 115 KB

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Resources, Councillor Kevin Bonavia, moved that

the recommendations be approved and this was seconded by the Chair of the

Public Accounts Select Committee, Councillor Jamie Milne, and it was:

 

RESOLVED that in respect of the Local Government Association’s business

case for the creation of a Municipal Bonds Agency, the Council:

 

(1) subscribes for 25,000 ordinary shares of one pence each in the capital of

the Company in the First Fundraising for a consideration of £25,000

representing a price of £1 per ordinary share; and

 

(2) commits up to £200,000 to the Second Fundraising, subject, inter alia, to

agreement of satisfactory legal documentation.

28.

Members Allowances 2014 pdf icon PDF 59 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

An amendment received prior to the 5pm deadline the previous day was

accepted by the movers of the motion.

 

The amended motion was moved by the Mayor, who informed members that

the Council was obliged to consider an independent review of the Scheme of

Allowances every four years but that it was not bound to accept the review’s

outcomes. Given the enormity of the Council’s budgetary challenges, the

Mayor advised the Council that it would not be appropriate to generally accept

recommendations that paid higher allowances. The Mayor’s proposal was

seconded by Councillor Alan Hall, who noted that the independent review by

Sir Rodney Brooke CBE had mentioned that his post of Chair of Overview &

Scrutiny was proposed for the largest increase. Following a contribution from

Councillor John Coughlin, who supported the recommendations as amended,

it was:

 

RESOLVED that:

 

Having regard to the advice of the London Councils remuneration panel and

the advice of Sir Rodney Brooke, and to the guidance issued under the Local

Government Act 2000, and having considered the recommendations

contained in the reports at Appendix 2 and 3, a scheme of members’

allowances be approved in accordance with Sir Rodney Brooke’s

recommendations with the following amendments:

 

(a) Basic allowance be set at £9,812 to all councillors

 

(b) Special responsibility allowances to be paid as follows:-

 

Mayor                                                                         £77,722

Deputy Mayor                                                           £40,600

Other Cabinet members                                         £15,298

Chair of Council                                                      £ 6,130

Chair, Overview and Scrutiny                               £12,260

Select Committees                                                  £ 6,130

Chair Strategic Planning Committee                   £9,195

Chair other Planning Committees                       £ 6,130

Chair Licensing Committee                                   £ 6,130

Leaders of political groups with 15 or more members

or Chair of the majority group                                £ 5,275

Leaders of political groups with more

than three but fewer than fifteen members        £ 3,165

Majority party whip                                                   £ 5,275

Chair Standards Committee                                  £ 1,000

 

(c) The co-optees' allowance to be set at £600.

 

(d) To not accept the updating of the scheme should continue for four years in

accordance with the rate by which JNC salaries are changed in the preceding

year.

 

(e) the basic and special responsibility allowances should cover travel in the

borough and subsistence within the Greater London area.

 

(f) The co-optees’ allowance remain at £600

 

(g) Members should be entitled to claim the same  allowances for travel

outside London as officers.

 

(h) In special circumstances (e.g. for the care of a severely disabled person)

the Council should reimburse a higher rate of dependant’s carers’ allowance

where this can be justified.

 

(i) Except as recommended for amendment by Sir Rodney Brooke, the current

Members Allowances scheme remain in place; and

 

(j) any changes to the Members Allowances Scheme be backdated to the

beginning of the 2014/15 municipal year.

 

29.

Appointments pdf icon PDF 25 KB

Minutes:

            Appointments to Planning Committees

 

RESOLVEDthat the following changes be made to Planning

Commitees:

 

(1) Planning Committee A

 

Cllr Joan Reid to replace Cllr Hall

 

(2) Planning Committee B

 

Cllr Brenda Dacres to replace Cllr Curran

 

Appointments by the Mayor

 

RESOLVED that the following appointments agreed by the Mayor be noted:

 

New Cross Gate Trust (1)

 

Councillor Brenda Dacres

 

Corporate Parenting Group (8)

 

Councillor Paul Maslin

 

 

London Council’s

 

(c)Greater London Employment Forum

 

 

 

Councillor Kevin Bonavia (Dep. Councillor Dromey)

 

Positive Aging Council Steering Group

 

Councillor Chris Best

 

30.

Action by Chair of Council pdf icon PDF 25 KB

Minutes:

The Chair of Council moved that the recommendation be approved,

and this was seconded by the Vice Chair, Councillor Joan Reid.

 

RESOLVED that the actions taken by the Chair or Vice Chair of Council be noted.

31.

Motion 1 Proposed by Councillor Sorba Seconded by Councillor Jeffrey pdf icon PDF 21 KB

Minutes:

The motion was moved by Councillor Jeffrey and seconded by Councillor Bell.

 

There was then a debate to which the Councillors Coughlin and Roy Kennedy

contributed. The motion was then put to the vote and declared to be

unanimously carried.

 

RESOLVED that the following motion be agreed:

 

“While many ordinary people face falling household income and rising costs of

living, some multinational companies are avoiding billions of pounds of tax

from a tax system that fails to make them pay their fair share. Local

governments in developing countries and the UK alike would benefit from a

fairer tax system where multinational companies pay their fair share, enabling

authorities around the world to provide quality public services. The UK

government must listen to the strength of public feeling and act to end the

injustice of tax dodging by large multinational companies, in developing

countries and the UK.”

32.

Motion 2 Proposed by Councillor Hall Seconded by Councillor Morrison pdf icon PDF 22 KB

Minutes:

The motion was moved by Councillor Hall and seconded by Councillor Daby.

 

The motion was then put to the vote and declared to be unanimously carried.

 

RESOLVED that the following motion be agreed:

 

“This Council notes the Mayor’s desire to change decision-making at the

London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority (LFEPA) by reducing the

number of elected members LFEPA by four, replacing them with his

appointees.This Council believes the Mayor’s proposal weakens the

democratic principle of the LFEPA and that it should be elected members

accountable to Londoners who have a mandate to make the decisions about

fire and emergency planning in the Capital. Given the threat that the Mayor’s

proposals present to democratic decision-making at the LFEPA, and the

potential impact this could have on the safety of Londoners, this Council

calls on the Mayor to withdraw these proposals, which have just been

consulted on.”

 

The meeting closed at 9.47pm