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50.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 20 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 26 November 2014 be

confirmed and signed as a correct record, subject to Minute 33 be amended

to read “ Councillor Roy Kennedy declared a personal interest in item 14 as

Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Electoral Registration”.

51.

Declaration of Interests pdf icon PDF 32 KB

Minutes:

Councillor J Walsh and Councillor Dromey both declared a personal interest

in item 9 as promoters of the Bakerloo Line Extension campaign.

 

Councillor Muldoon declared a personal interest in items 9 &12 as a SLAM

NHS Foundation Trust Governor.

52.

Announcements or Communications pdf icon PDF 26 KB

Minutes:

1)    Cynthia Humble    

 

The Chair reported the death of Cynthia Humble a former representative

with the Council, of the Former Union NUPE, and co-opted member on the

Pension Investment Committee.The Mayor, Councillor Mallory and

Councillor Best paid tributes to Cynthia. The Mayor highlighted that

Cynthia was a fantastic representative for members, and was one he

would call a committed public servant.

 

A minute silence was observed by all present in Cynthia’s memory.

 

2)    Local Police Officers Commendation

 

The Chair reported unprecedented action by some local police officers

Following an arson attack on Lewisham War Memorial. These police

officers took it upon themselves to clean the residue left on the memorial

after the fire has been put out. The following police officers were

commended and received the Mayor’s Citizenship certificate of award:

       

The Mayor said these officers were a credit to the Metropolitan Police and

to Lewisham.

 

3)    Holocaust Memorial Day

          

The Chair welcomed members of the Catford synagogue to the

Meeting, and welcomed Reverend David Rome, the Minister from the

synagogue then spoke to the Council, and read out a moving

testimonial from someone who had organised a trip to Auschwitz .He

concluded by lighting a candle in memory of Holocaust victims. All

present then observed a minute’s silence to remember all those who

perished in the Holocaust.

 

4)    New Year’s Honours List

 

The Chair congratulated 3 recipients of the New Year’s Honours List

Awards: Rebecca Baldwin BEM for gender equality in the workplace,

Shirley Callaghan BEM for services to gymnastics, Paul Shanthakumar

Jacob, MBE for Charitable and Voluntary services.

53.

Petitions pdf icon PDF 23 KB

Minutes:

Councillor Jim Mallory presented a petition on behalf of the ‘Friends of Manor

House Gardens’ bearing 205 names calling on the Council to review the

Council’s proposals to reduce park keepers services at Manor House

Gardens.

 

Councillor Hilary Moore presented a petition containing 176 signatures and 29

letters from Baring school children, calling on the Council to take traffic

calming improvement measures on Baring Road to stop dangerous driving.

 

54.

Public Questions pdf icon PDF 21 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

10 questions were received from the following members of the public which

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

answers will be circulated separately.

           

1.

Ray Woolford

 

Cllr Onikosi

2.

Dermot McKibbin

 

Cllr Egan

3.

Mr Andrew

 

Cllr Onikosi

4.

Mr Tucker

 

Deputy Mayor

5.

Julia Fletcher

 

Cllr Maslin

6.

Patricia Richardson

 

Cllr Bonavia

7.

Peter Richardson

 

Cllr Dacres

8.

Julia Fletcher

 

Deputy Mayor

9.

Patricia Richardson

 

Deputy Mayor

10.

Peter Richardson

 

Cllr Onikosi

 

55.

Member Questions pdf icon PDF 21 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

18 questions were asked by Members of the Council and writteanswers

were provided by the Members indicated.

 

1.

Cllr Hall

The Mayor

2.

Cllr Barnham

Cllr Maslin

3.

Cllr Upex

Deputy Mayor

4.

Cllr Ingleby

Deputy Mayor

5.

Cllr  Ibitson

Deputy Mayor

6.

Cllr Hall

The Mayor

7.

Cllr Upex

The Mayor

8.

Cllr Ingleby

Deputy Mayor

9.

Cllr Ibitson

Deputy Mayor

10.

Cllr Upex

Cllr Egan

11.

Cllr Ingleby

Deputy Mayor

12.

Cllr Upex

Cllr Egan

13.

Cllr Upex

Deputy Mayor

14.

Cllr Upex

Deputy Mayor

15.

Cllr Upex

Cllr Bonavia

16.

Cllr Upex

Cllr Onikosi

17.

Cllr Upex

Cllr Onikosi

18.

Cllr Upex

Cllr Millbank

 

56.

2015/16 Council Tax Base & 2015/16 NNDR Base Report pdf icon PDF 156 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:

 

a.    a Council Tax Base of 75,526.1 Band D equivalent

properties for 2015/16 be agreed;

 

b.    the Council Tax Base calculation for 2015/16, as set out in the annual Council Tax Base government return,

attached at Appendix A be noted;

 

c.    a budgeted Council Tax collection rate of 96.0% be agreed;

 

d.    the existing policy of a 0% discount for second homes for

2014/15 be continued, as set out in section six;

 

e.    the existing policy of 0% discount for empty homes –

Class A  (an empty property undergoing structural

alteration or major repair to make it habitable) be

continued, as set out in the report be agreed;

 

f.     the existing policy of a 100% discount awarded for a

period of four weeks and then a 0% discount thereafter,

for empty homes – Class C (a substantially empty and

unfurnished property) be continued, as set out the report

be agreed;

 

g.    the existing policy of an empty homes premium of 50% in respect of long term empty properties be continued, as set out in the report be agreed; and

 

h.    the proposed National Non Domestic Rate (NNDR)

estimated net yield of £48.055m, based on the NNDR3

for 2013/14, attached at Appendix B be agreed;

 

i.      Option 3 where 3% is passed on to working age Council

Tax Reduction Scheme recipients as it is felt to be the

best balance between the competing considerations

described in section 11 of the report be agreed.

 

57.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme Review pdf icon PDF 378 KB

Minutes:

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

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

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

 

RESOLVED that:

 

a.    the outcomes of the two consultations set out in appendices 1 to 7 of the

report be noted. 

 

b.    a local CTRS from 1 April 2015 that passes on any shortfall in

government funding, as set out in section 10 of the report, be retained.

 

c.    additional support to the most vulnerable residents through use of the

existing provision within Section 13A(1)(c) of the 1992 Local Government

Finance Act be delivered.

 

58.

Bakerloo Line Extension Consultation pdf icon PDF 22 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Alan Smith, introduced the report and it was:

 

RESOLVED that the report be noted.

59.

Motion 1 Proposed by Councillor Milne Seconded by Councillor Egan pdf icon PDF 28 KB

Minutes:

The motion was moved by Councillor Milne and seconded by Councillor

Slater. There was then a debate to which Councillor Egan contributed. The

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

 

RESOLVED that the following motion be agreed:

 

 “In the midst of a housing crisis, Lewisham Council wants to make clear that

it will act against the disgrace of empty, wasted homes.

 

This Council believes in the importance of securing a supply of housing which

encourages mixed communities, where the main priority will be maximising

provision of social rented housing.

 

Further, it believes that it is inefficient and wrong when new housing fails to

house people. Housing supplies in inner London are becoming increasingly

squeezed and wasted by the growing phenomenon of vacant homes in inner

London that have been bought up by foreign ‘buy-to-leave’ investors.

 

With high-value developments such as Convoys Wharf beginning to be built in

Lewisham, we believe it is right to discourage buy-to-leave investors and the

developers who market abroad to seek them out.

 

Through passing this motion this Council wishes to send a message that

vacant investment properties are unwelcome in Lewisham. We watch with

interest the consultation being undertaken by Islington Council and will act if

buy-to-leave investment begins to blight Lewisham”.

 

60.

Motion 2 Proposed by Councillor Reid Seconded by Councillor Maslin pdf icon PDF 22 KB

Minutes:

The motion was moved by Councillor Reid and seconded by Councillor

Maslin. There was then a debate to which Councillors Jacq Paschoud, John

Paschoud, David Britton, Luke Sorba, Pat Raven and John Coughlin

contributed. The motion was unanimously carried.

 

RESOLVED that the following motion be agreed:

 

“This Council notes that currently 1.5 million 16 and 17 year olds are denied

the vote in public elections in the UK and wishes to support the broad-based

Votes at 16 Coalition campaign to lower the voting age. The campaign is

supported by thousands of young people across the UK and involves a wide

range of youth and democracy organisations.

Lewisham Council believes:

 

1. 16 and 17 year olds are knowledgeable and passionate about the world in

which they live, and are as capable of engaging in the democratic system as

any other citizen;

 

2. Lowering the voting age to 16, combined with strong citizenship education,

would empower young people to better engage in society and influence

decisions that will define their future;

 

3. People who can consent to medical treatment, work full-time, pay taxes, get

married or enter a civil partnership and join the armed forces should also have

the right to vote.

We therefore resolve:

 

1.    to join the Votes at 16 Coalition;

2.    to support and run activities in our schools and communities to raise

3.    awareness of and support for Votes at 16 in Lewisham and, where

4.    appropriate, beyond;

5.    to promote the policy in our publicity and other communications”.

 

61.

Motion 3 Proposed by Councillor Roy Kennedy Seconded by Councillor Ibitson pdf icon PDF 30 KB

Minutes:

The motion was moved by Councillor Roy Kennedy, and seconded by

Councillor Ibitson. There was a debate to which Councillors Bell, Barnham,

Bonavia, Wise and Upex contributed. The motion was put to the vote and

declared to be unanimously carried.

 

Councillor Hall moved a point of order to request that the Chair of Council

make a representation to the Mayor of London on behalf of the Council. This

was accepted by the Chair.

 

RESOLVED that the following motion be agreed:

 

“This council notes with growing concern the problems experienced by

commuters, many of whom are Lewisham residents, at London Bridge Station

over the Christmas and New Year period -  which then continued into the first

week of January 2015.

 

We call upon Network Rail to ensure that sufficient resources are made

available to deal with any issues that may arise as a result of the ongoing

rebuilding work taking place at London Bridge in order to minimise the

disruption to commuters as much as possible, and also to prevent a repeat of

the chaos experienced at the start of January.

 

The Council also calls upon the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to maintain

a regular dialogue with Network Rail and train operators for the remainder of

his time in office, and to use this dialogue to both bring forward issues of

concern, as well as to communicate back with relevant stakeholders on the

situation at London Bridge”.