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The election of Councillor Obajimi Adefiranye was proposed by
Councillor Hall and seconded by Councillor Dacres.
In accepting re-election, for a fifth term, Councillor Adefiranye said he
would be proud to again serve as Chair and would alongside his wife, Sandra,
continue to promote the work of the Council in a large number of civic
engagements. He pointed out this was the 50th anniversary meeting of the
Council and said he was pleased that veteran former members, Nicholas
Taylor, Gurbakhsh Garcha and Peggy Fitzsimmons were among those
present. He thanked the Council for the honour that it had bestowed on him
for a fifth time.
RESOLVED that Councillor Obajimi Adefiranye be elected as Chair of the
Council for the Municipal Year 2015-16.
The election of Councillor Alan Till was proposed by Councillor Hall and
seconded by Councillor Dacres.
In making the nomination, Councillor Hall paid tribute to the outgoing Vice
Chair, Councillor Joan Reid.
RESOLVED that Councillor Alan Till be elected as Vice-Chair of the Council
for the Municipal Year 2015-16.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 25
February 2015 be approved and signed as a true record.
None were made.
Former Councillor Dave Harker
The Chair reported the death of former Councillor Dave Harker who had
represented Ladywell ward from 1982 -1986. He had served on various
Committees including a period as Chair of the Employment and Industry
A tribute was paid to him by the Mayor, who recounted that while he had only
served a single term on the Council, he remained as an active contributor to
the community, both locally and nationally, in his role as Chief Executive of
the Citizens Advice movement.
All present observed a one minute silence in memory of Dave Harker.
Councillor Paul Maslin was invited to announce details of Lewisham’s
participation in the London Marathon in aid of the Lavender Trust, a charity
set up by a former Councillor to aid young women suffering from breast
In addition to Councillor Maslin the other participants were to be:
Jonathan Morales a day service officer in the dementia team.
Anne Marie de Cabral a business support administrator in the Children &
Young People Directorate.
Mark Johnson, a finance officer in the Resources & Regeneration Directorate.
Joe Fitzsimmons a volunteer in local schools and previous London Youth
David Marsh the son of an employee who had previously completed the
Marathon for the Lavender Trust.
Alex Wood the husband of a scrutiny manager in the Resources &
Nicola Marven the temporary International Partnerships officer in the
Resources & Regeneration Directorate.
Councillor Maslin urged those present to sponsor either himself or one of the
other runners taking part in aid of the Lavender Trust.
The Mayor informed the Chief Executive that the 9 members, listed below,
would continue to serve as members of the Cabinet in the municipal year
Councillor Alan Smith Deputy Mayor & Growth & Regeneration
Councillor Chris Best Health, Wellbeing and Older People
Councillor Kevin Bonavia Resources
Councillor Janet Daby Community Safety
Councillor Joe Dromey Policy and Performance
Councillor Damien Egan Housing
Councillor Paul Maslin Children & Young People
Councillor Joan Millbank Third Sector & Community
Councillor Rachel OnikosiPublic Realm
RESOLVED that the notification of appointments be received.
The Chair confirmed no changes had been made to the Mayor’s Scheme of
RESOLVED that the report be noted.
The Chair confirmed no changes had been made to Committee terms of
RESOLVED to note that there are no changes to the terms of reference of the
Overview & Scrutiny Committee, Standards Committee or other committees.
The Council considered a report setting out an allocation of seats on
committees to political groups on the Council in compliance with the
requirements of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.
Chairs and Vice-Chairs of Overview and Scrutiny Select Committees would
continue to be allocated in accordance with the proportion of seats held by the
political groups on the Council.
At the proposal of Councillor Hall, seconded by Councillor Siddorn, Members
agreed unanimously to form an Overview and Scrutiny Committee of all 45
non-executive Councillors, that was politically balanced.
(i) seats be allocated to political parties as indicated on the schedule attached
to the report;
(ii) the Overview & Scrutiny Committee shall comprise all 45 non-executive
(iii) the composition of the Constitution Working Party, the Appointments
Committee, the Urgency Committee, 3 Planning Committees, a Strategic
Planning Committee, a Licensing Committee, a Licensing (Supplementary)
Committee, a Pensions Investment Committee, a Health & Safety
Committee, an Elections Committee, an Electoral Registration Working Party
and an Audit Panel with the Terms of Reference set out be agreed.
It was moved by the Chair and duly seconded that members be appointed to
serve on committees as listed below. The motion was declared carried and it
RESOLVED that members be appointed to serve on committees, as
indicated, for the municipal year 2015/16.
The Chair reported there was no bodies where there were more candidates
than places available, the Chair therefore moved and the Vice-Chair
seconded a proposal that the tabled schedule of appointments be adopted.
The motion was declared carried and it was:
RESOLVED that members be appointed to serve on other committees
and organisations as set out in below:
The Calendar was proposed for adoption by the Chair and seconded by the
Vice-Chair, subject to the inclusion of the following amendments:
Children & Young People Select Committee scheduled for 14 April to take
place on 22 April.
Public Accounts Select Committee scheduled for 22 April to take place on 14
Safer Stronger Select Committee scheduled for 9 April to take place on 20
Healthier Communities Select Committee scheduled for11 May be deleted
from the programme.
Licensing Committee scheduled for 29 April to take place on 27 April.
Mayor & Cabinet Contracts additional meeting on 11 May.
(i) ordinary meetings of the Council be held on 24 June, 23 September, 25
November 2015, 20 January, 24 February and 2 March (fall-back) and that
the Annual General Meeting be held on 30 March 2016; and
(ii) the attached schedule of meetings, as amended, be approved for the
municipal year 2015/16.
The Chair proposed and the Vice-Chair seconded a proposal that the
schedule of appointments made by the Mayor be noted.
RESOLVED to note the appointments made by the Mayor to the following
The report was moved by the Chair, Councillor Brenda Dacres and was
seconded by the Councillor Simon Hooks and it was:
RESOLVED that the annual report of the Standards Committee be received.
The report was moved by the Cabinet Member for Resources, Councillor
Kevin Bonavia and was formally seconded by Councillor Alan Hall and it was:
RESOLVED that the pay policy statement as attached to the report be
The Mayor delivered the address shown at:
The meeting ended at 8.37pm.