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The Chair was advised that all reports listed on the agenda were not available
for the original dispatch because of a total IT collapse affecting the three
boroughs in the shared service. The reports were deemed urgent and could
not wait until the next meeting of the Council on July 18 2018 as this would
have delayed implementation of the entire Governance arrangements of the
Where reports are received less than 5 clear days before the date of the
meeting at which the matter is being considered, then under the Local
Government Act 1972 Section 100(b)(4) the Chair of the Committee can take
the matters as a matter of urgency if he is satisfied that there are special
circumstances requiring them to be treated as a matter of urgency. These
special circumstances have to be specified in the minutes of the meeting.
RESOLVED that all matters listed on the agenda be taken as matters of
Prior to calling for nominations for a new Chair, Councillor Obajimi Adefiranye
reflected on his seven years as Chair and stated it had been a pleasure to be
allowed to serve. He expressed particular thanks for the assistance given to
him by the Civic Manager, the Head of Business & Committee, the Council
Chauffeur, and his wife, Sandra.
Councillor Jacq Paschoud was then proposed by Councillor Bill Brown and
seconded by Councillor Hilary Moore
RESOLVED that Councillor Jacq Paschoud be elected as Chair of the
Council for the Municipal Year 2018-19.
The election of Councillor Andre Bourne was proposed by Councillor Bill
Brown and seconded by Councillor Hilary Moore.
RESOLVED that Councillor Andre Bourne be elected as Vice-Chair of the
Council for the Municipal Year 2018-19.
RESOLVED that the report of the Returning Officer recording the election
of Damien Egan as Mayor for a four year period of office expiring in May
2022 be received.
RESOLVED that the report of the Returning Officer noting the election
of 54 Councillors for a four year period of office expiring in May 2022 be
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meetings of the Council held on
21 February 2018 and 9 March, 14 March and 23 March 2018 be approved
and signed as true records.
Manchester Bombing and Grenfell Fire
The Chair’s first announcement marked the poignant anniversaries of both the
Manchester bombing and the Grenfell fire. All present observed a minute of
silence in memory of the victims of those two horrific events.
Mayor Egan announced the appointment of Liane Segal as his Mayoress for
the Municipal Year 2018-19.
The Mayor informed the Chief Executive that the 11 members, listed below,
four of whom would job-share two of the positions on a January to June and
July to December substantive basis, would serve as members of the Cabinet
in the municipal year 2018/19. All of the members nominated had been
confirmed at a special meeting of the Council held earlier in the evening.
Mayor Egan reiterated his decision made at the earlier meeting that the
statutory designated member for Children’s Services would be Councillor
Deputy Mayor of Lewisham – Cllr Chris Best - Health & Adult Social Care
Cabinet Member for Housing - Cllr Paul Bell
Cabinet Member for Democracy, Refugees & Accountability – Cllr Kevin
Cabinet Member for Parks, Neighbourhoods & Transport - Cllr Brenda
Dacres and Cllr Sophie McGeevor (job-share)
Cabinet Member for School Performance – Cllr Chris Barnham
Cabinet Member for Safer Communities – Cllr Joani Reid
Cabinet Member for Finance, Skills & Jobs - Cllr Amanda de Ryk and
Cllr Joe Dromey (job-share).
Cabinet Member for the Community Sector – Cllr Jonathan Slater
RESOLVED that the constitution and composition of the Executive for the
municipal year 2018/19 be noted.
The Mayor moved and Councillor Best seconded that the changes to the
Constitution and the Scheme of Delegation shown below be adopted.
(1) the current Executive Procedure Rules which appeared at Part D of the
Council’s Constitution be deleted and replaced with those appearing at
Appendix 1 of the report; and
(2) Article 14.3 of the Constitution be amended to reflect the statutory
requirement for the Council to nominate an officer as its Data Protection
Officer to ensure data protection compliance in the organisation, in
accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data
Protection Bill when enacted and to agree that the Head of Information
Governance should fulfil that role
(3) responsibility for decisions relating to neighbourhood planning are for the
Mayor by law and not for the Council and the reference to neighbourhood
planning referendums be deleted from the list of Council functions at
Article 4(2)(y) of the Constitution and to references to neighbourhood
planning be removed from the terms of reference of the Strategic Planning
Committee at Article 9
(4) Article 6.1 and Paragraph E3 of the Constitution be amended as shown in
Appendix 2 to exclude members appointed to the Mayor & Cabinet for part of
a year from being a member of Overview & Scrutiny and its Select
Committees at any time during that year.
The Chair confirmed that apart from those just agreed in the previous item,
there had been no other changes to Committee Terms of Reference since last
RESOLVED that the report be noted.
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 Mallory, seconded by Councillor Moore,
Members agreed unanimously to form an Overview and Scrutiny Committee
of all 44 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 44 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, and an Audit Panel with the Terms of
Reference set out be agreed.
It was moved by the Councillor Mallory hair and duly seconded by Councillor
Moore that members be appointed to serve on committees as listed below.
The motion was declared carried and it was:
RESOLVED that members be appointed to serve on committees, as
indicated, for the municipal year 2018/19.
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:
Age Concern Reminiscence Theatre Cllr De Ryk
Albany 2001 Council of Management Cllr Gallagher
Blackheath Joint Working Party (3) Cllrs Bonavia, Campbell & De Ryk
Deptford Challenge Trust Cllr Adefiranye
Forest Hill and Sydenham Voluntary Service Association (2) Cllrs Davis & Sheikh
Lewisham Citizen’s Advice Bureau Management Committee (2) Cllrs Rathbone & Penfold
Lewisham Disability Coalition Cllr Jacq Paschoud
Lewisham Local History Council/Society Cllr Curran
Lewisham Pensioners’ Forum Management Committee Cllr Elliot
Lewisham Safer Neighbourhood Board Cllr Barnham
London Youth Games (2) Cllrs Smith & Moore
Marsha Phoenix Memorial Trust Cllr Adefiranye
Trinity Laban Cllr James Walsh
Southwark College Board Cllr Hilary Moore
SLaM Mental Health of Older Adults JHOSC Cllrs Muldoon and Rathbone
Our Healthier South East London (OHSEL) JHOSC Cllrs Campbell and Muldoon
The Calendar was proposed for adoption by the Chair and seconded by the
Vice-Chair and it was:
(i) ordinary meetings of the Council be held on 18 July, 3 October, 28
November 2018, 23 January, 27 February and 6 March (fall-back) and
that the Annual General Meeting be held on Wednesday 3 April 2109; and
(ii) the attached schedule of meetings be approved for the municipal year
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 outgoing Chair, Councillor Andre Bourne and
was seconded by Councillor Kalu and it was:
RESOLVED that the annual report of the Standards Committee be received.
The Mayor delivered the following address:
Thank you Councillor Jacq Paschoud and thank you to everyone for being
here this evening for the first Council meeting of this new administration, it's
great to see our Council chamber so full of friends and colleagues.
I am so proud to be standing here as your new Labour Mayor of Lewisham.
And I am even prouder to be here alongside 54 newly-elected Labour Party Councillors.
I want to thank the people of Lewisham for putting your trust in us, and for
putting your trust in me to lead our borough. Our election result is testament to
both our record in Lewisham, and a clear mandate for the things we have set
out to achieve in the next 4 years.
Fighting the election was made so much easier because of the record we
were able to stand on. Steve Bullock achieved so much as our Mayor over the
last 16 years, including:
- Ensuring that every single school in Lewisham was rebuilt.
- Creating the Young Mayor’s Programme, now in its 14th year. A programme
that has now been rolled out in councils across the country and across the
world, inspiring thousands of young people to get engaged in politics.
- Investing in our green spaces so that Lewisham’s parks are among the best
in the world with 15 Green Flag parks.
I'll let you into a little secret, Steve texted me earlier to send us his best
wishes today -- from a bar in Portugal! He is enjoying a very well-deserved
holiday and he promises he is here with us in spirit!
On behalf of all of us, thank you Steve and Kris for everything you achieved
for our borough. Personally I would like to thank you for all the support and
guidance you have given me, including giving me the opportunity to serve as
Cabinet Member for Housing.
And while there will be more opportunities over the next year to formally thank
Steve and reflect on his outstanding legacy, I would also like to assure you
that Steve’s service to borough has not yet concluded.
When Steve was looking back on his time as Leader he gave me one main
observation:He said, it’s much easier being a Mayor with a Labour
Government than being a Mayor with a Tory one. And he knows that more
than most, because he did eight years with both. And my goodness don't we
all here know the difference.
What this Council has achieved since 2010 has been remarkable in the face
of the savage cuts imposed on us.
When I became a Councillor 8 years ago, none of us ever imagined that our
budget would be cut from £400 million to just £230 million. And it's not over
yet. Far from it. The government now want to cut our budget by another £50
million pounds on top of everything we've already endured.
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