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Minutes pdf icon PDF 20 KB

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RESOLVED that the minutes of the open meeting held on 18 June 2019 be confirmed as a correct record.



Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 208 KB


None received.


Outstanding Scrutiny Matters pdf icon PDF 116 KB


RESOLVED that the report noted.


Notification of Late and Urgent Items pdf icon PDF 103 KB


RESOLVED that the report noted.



Decisions made by Mayor and Cabinet on 26 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 213 KB


Evening and Night Time Offer – A vision for Lewisham


Councillor Millbank stated this was a welcome vision, but was concerned about the low number of participants in the consultation. The Strategic Community Safety Services Manager responded that the consultation took six weeks on line and officers spoke to various groups including local assemblies, businesses and licensees. It was noted that people felt they needed additional safety at night, especially to and from work.


Councillor Millbank asked what was being done to  provide support for young people, community safety, women’s safety, and asked about the Women’s Charter.


The Strategic Community Safety Services Manager stated that there has been a lot of involvement with Council Members, licensing premises, and officers had worked with colleagues from hospitals to establish how residents get to and from work during the night, and the provision of CCTV in public spaces. Also the Women’s Charter would be published on the Council’s website.


Councillor Codd said a few Council Members had been involved with this project, and although he would agree that there was not a very good response rate and representation of ethnicity. He said there was involvement from a lot of young people and a good representation from the LGBT group. He added that he felt additional consultation might be necessary.


Councillor Muldoon asked whether quality as opposed to quantity was the target for the data, as he thought the response number was too small. Councillor Millbank said to be successful this vision would need to be linked to other strategies like the Licensing, Planning and Regeneration Strategies. She asked what the next step was. 


The Strategic Community Safety Services Manager stated that this was a vision that would be incorporated into all of the Council’s strategies, and a timeframe would be difficult to state at this stage. The Chair thanked the officer for the presentation.


RESOLVED that the decision of Mayor and Cabinet noted.

Children and Young People Plan

Councillor Sorba, Chair of Children and Young People Select Committee stated that the Select Committee has seen the plan and Members endorsed it. He said as it would define the Council’s vision for the next five years he thought it would be useful to discuss it further.

Councillor Sorba asked officers to describe the challenges they would face in trying to achieve their objectives especially with the budget restraints faced by the Council.

The Executive Director for Children and Young People explained that the implementation of the plan would depend on several factors; the next big budget announcement from the government, the level of demand for services generated by austerity, housing circumstances as families struggle and need extra help from councils. She said local authorities would be looking to see if the government would address these issues, and Lewisham would then know whether they would achieve this. The Executive Director for Children and Young People highlighted that data had shown that child poverty was getting worse, and there were changes in health organisations.

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Overview and Scrutiny Select Committees Work Programmes 2019-20 Update pdf icon PDF 105 KB


The Scrutiny Manager introduced the report. She informed Panel Members that the third round of Select Committee meetings started on 4 July and in-depth reviews were underway. She said a joint meeting of the Healthier Communities and Children and Young People Select Committees would be held on 17 July 2019, which would consider BAME Mental Health inequalities. This was an important strand of work for the Health and Wellbeing Board and the joint meeting would help scrutiny members understand the remit of the Board’s work; assess progress; and consider where the committees might add value through scrutiny.


The Scrutiny Manager said there would also be a Joint Health overview and Scrutiny meeting on the Our Healthier South East London Programme on 22 July 2019, which will consider:


i.   NHS Long Term Plan

ii.  The Commissioning of Pathology and Diagnostic Services

iii. The extension of CAMHS Services up to age 25

iv. Residential Care Beds

v.  The Implementation of GP Networks


Cllr Muldoon said that the NHS long term plan was expected to be considered on 22 July, and Labour Members were invited to the Joint meetings atthe St Laurence Centre, on 16 July.


RESOLVED that the report be noted.




Exclusion of the Press and Public pdf icon PDF 123 KB



RESOLVED that under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972,

the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of

business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt

information as defined in paragraphs 3, 4 and 5 of Part 1 of Schedule

12(A) of the Act, as amended by the Local Authorities (Executive

Arrangements) (Access to Information) (Amendments) (England) Regulations



This is a summary of the discussion that took place at the closed meeting:



Decisions made by Mayor and Cabinet on 26 June 2019


Increased Capacity of Young Persons Accommodation Based Pathway


Councillor Sorba asked for clarity on the different types of accommodation available for vulnerable Young People, this was explained by the Public Health Commissioning Manager. He also explained to the Panel how the Council was trying to increase some of its provisions and support to meet the needs of Young people.


Following a detailed discussion Business Panel noted the decision made by Mayor and Cabinet on 26 June 2019.


RESOLVED that the decision made by Mayor and Cabinet be noted.


Decision made by an Executive Director Under Delegated Authority - Award of Contract - Delivery of the Cleaner Air Village 2 Project


This item was not requested for further discussion.


Decision made by an Executive Director Under Delegated Authority - Lewisham Gateway - Further Longstop Extension


This item was not requested for further discussion.


Prior to the end of the meeting, the Chair noted this was the last meeting attended by the Senior Committee Manger, Mrs Olga Cole, who was shortly to retire.

Meeting ended: 8:15pm                                 Chair …………..