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RESOLVED that the Minutes of the last meeting held on 15 December 2020

be confirmed as an accurate record


Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 227 KB


Councillor Millbank declared an interest in item 3 because she is a member of

Lewisham Local Collaboration.


Councillor Muldoon declared an interest in relation to PLACE/Ladywell. He is

a volunteer for a project at Rushey Green Time Bank who are currently

licensed on the ground floor of PLACE/Ladywell. He does not receive any

financial remuneration.


Scrutiny of the Council's Covid-19 Response - Update Report pdf icon PDF 484 KB


This item was presented by the Director of Public Health and the Director of

Public Services.


The Director of Public Services said that there had been many changes since

the last meeting of this Panel. Lewisham had moved from tier 4 to a national

lockdown following a huge increase in infection rates.


Critical Services continued to be delivered but were under pressure from

covid absences and some staff in isolation. Response services also continued

to be delivered. 140 members of staff had been deployed throughout the

Covid action team. The main areas of deployment included 52 members of

staff in local track and trace, 30 in community testing and 26 in enforcement.


Community Testing for those without symptoms As at 25 January 2021,

4042 were tested, 65 of those were positive. There were testing centres in the

Civic Suite, a mobile unit in Wearside and a site at the Green Man. A further

site in the North of the borough should be open next week. A walk in service

would be offered this week at certain times of the day, in an effort to make the

service more convenient for people to use.


Trace and Trace was labour intensive. Last week staff were contacting 86%

of cases; the 12th highest in London.


Enforcement Covid rules had been enforced in parks at the weekend and

businesses visited. It had been noted that people had become more

complacent and there had been wide spread noncompliance. Joint working

within the teams had improved. Enforcement arrangements had been

reviewed and some changes had been made. Enforcement officers delivered

a letter from the Mayor to all local supermarkets and it was now easier to

report breaches on line. Last week 1,576 checks were made and 267 formal

visits made to businesses.


Schools 10% of pupils attended school. These included vulnerable children

and those whose parents were key workers. Numbers were higher than in the

first lockdown. Schools and colleges were working with officers and the

department of education to establish need and ensure the most vulnerable

and disadvantaged learner had access to digital services.


Infection rates were down. Over the last 7 days in Lewisham, the infection

rate per 1000 was 538. This figure was higher for 60+ years at 644. Although

hospitals were still full, it was hoped that within 2 weeks these numbers would

reduce also. The numbers of deaths from covid in the week ending 8 January

2021 had increased to 30. This number was expected to increase over the

next few weeks.


In conclusion, the Director of Public Services said that staff were focussing on

key areas and working very hard.


The Chair thanked staff and volunteers for their hard work and expressed

members’ appreciation for the way the delivery of critical services was being

carried out.


Councillor Codd asked whether people were co-operative when contacted by

Trace and Trace staff, whether they were isolating and whether there was

enforcement after advice had been given. The Director of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 63.


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The Head of Business and Committee presented this report.

RESOLVED that the report be noted.


Decisions Made by Mayor on 13 January 2021 - open session pdf icon PDF 178 KB


The Interim Director of Regeneration and Place presented the report

Councillor Muldoon referred to page 29 of the Mayor and Cabinet report, 13

January 2021, and asked whether there was a great demand for commercial spaces on the east side of Lewisham High Street and whether tenants had

been identified. The Senior Development & Land Manager advised that all the

units were currently let; three through a company called Meanwhile and one

through the Council. Officers were working through the long term options for

the commercial units and they would be secure until at least October. There

were indications that the units were popular and able to be rented because all

of the units were currently under leases.


Councillor Codd said that he considered that the retention of the PLACE

Ladywell building on the current site was the best option and asked whether

Planning would support the sustainable future of the current site for several

more years. He had concerns about how long Planning would allow this

decision to stand and asked for some assurance that the future of the site

would be secured for a number of years.


Council Johnston-Franklin said that PLACE Ladywell was a great design on

Lewisham High Street and she asked whether it would be possible to relocate

to Slaithwaite Road car park in the future. She also asked whether only 69

homes would be built behind the site if it stays in its current location; this

would be a huge drop in the numbers expected at the beginning of this

project. She asked whether officers had undertaken a risk assessment.


Councillor Johnston-Franklin said that she had been contacted by parents of

children currently attending the nursery on the site, expressing their concern

at the loss of a very much needed nursery provision. She asked whether

spaces had been found in the borough to accommodate these children.

In response to these questions, Councillor Bell said that every development

undertaken by Lewisham is project managed. Occasionally, during this

process, an unforeseen problem may arise and it was important that decisions

change to ensure that this Council does not continue to lose money. The first

phase of this project would provide 69 homes, phase 2 would deliver more

with PLACE being retained in phase 1.


Councillor Bell said that the nursery had a commercial lease with the Council

for 5 years and they were aware that a break in this contract would take place;

he understood that this had been discussed with Lewisham Homes on 27

March 2020. In the summer of 2020 it was agreed that the lease of the porta

cabin at the rear of the site should be extended until March 2021.

Unfortunately the nursery did not advise the parents until 6 January 2021

Lewisham had empathy with the parents, particularly during this pandemic. A

meeting would soon be held between parents and CYP officers to consider

how Lewisham could support parents. Lewisham had managed this situation

correctly in their duty to give  ...  view the full minutes text for item 65.


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Councillor Curran reported that the Sustainable Development Select

Committee had referred to Mayor and Cabinet, the recommendation that the

Council had a place on the website where advice could be found on how to

live more sustainably and reduce carbon footprint.


Councillor Sorba said that the Children and Young People Select Committee

made two referrals to Mayor and Cabinet, recommending that two of the cuts

proposals should not be taken in this financial year. One was the cut in

children’s mental health services the other was the cut to health visitors.

He said that the next meeting of this Select Committee would receive the six

monthly safeguarding report and members would also consider a six month

follow up on the work the Committee had undertaken on temporary

accommodation and how it affected families who were placed out of the

borough, particularly if they had children attending Lewisham schools.


RESOLVED that the report be noted.


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Decisions Made by Mayor on 13 January 2021 - closed session


Officers were asked whether the financial costs for relocation were robust.

Members were advised that there had been several changes since the

beginning of the project including a change in building regulations. In addition,

considering a specific site or a series of sites would have enabled officers to

consider a cost base. The report was transparent and officers’

recommendation was that the PLACE building should not be relocated at this

time, but come forward as a second phase in the future.

Members were advised that refurbishment and safety control fire measures

would be undertaken to the PLACE building. These works would be on the

outside of the building and could be completed with residents in situ.

Members were advised of the costings of the upgrade works.

There were no decisions identified for further discussion.