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RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on June 23 2020 be
confirmed and signed as a correct record.
Councillor Joan Millbank declared a personal interest in Item 3 as a member
of Lewisham Local Collaborative which was referred to in the report.
Councillor Sophie Davis declared a personal interest in Item 3 as an
appointed member of Voluntary Services Lewisham.
The report was introduced by the Chief Executive and the Director of Public
Councillor Mallory referred to the financial section in paragraph 6.8.1 and
noted that while there had been a £53.2m financial impact, only £18m had
been received leaving a gap of £35m. He urged for robust financial monitoring
and asked for updated information. The Acting Chief Finance Officer reported
a further £3.2m had been received as a share of a national allocation and that
the next income return would be prepared at the end of July.
Councillor Campbell asked if a public health communications strategy was
being formulated as the borough headed out of lockdown. Councillor Millbank
added that a summary of lessons learned was required as well as consistent
data management. The Chief Executive explained that the borough was
mirroring Londonwide messaging which reflected NHS provision and timing
provided by Public Health England.
The Chair pointed out there was likely to be new rules on social distancing
and public behaviour including the requirement to wear masks in shops and
he asked if the communications strategy targeted likely affected groups.
Councillor Codd underlined the need to collaborate with local communities,
the rapid introduction of traffic calming measures being a prime example of
The Chief Executive indicated a new Director of Programme Management
would tackle some of the issues raised and indicated there were lessons that
could be learned on air quality and traffic calming.
Councillor Muldoon highlighted a review of BAME Health inequalities to be
undertaken by Birmingham City Council and Lewisham and he issued a
general invitation for nominations to be made to both an Academic Board and
an Advisory Board.
Councillor Curran raised three questions, asking when normal Council
meetings might return; what had been the financial impact on major town
centre developments such as the A205 realignment and was it possible for
emergency signage to have details of sources of further information.
The Chair indicated he thought the next step for the return of meetings would
be a hybrid option and he asked for an update on the feasibility of this to be
considered in August. The Acting Chief Finance Officer said information on
the financial impact on town centre developments would be provided
subsequent to the meeting. The Chief Executive said revisions to road closure
signage could form part of a wider communications strategy.
Councillor Bernards raised concerns about the increase in the numbers of
rough sleepers. He noted steps already taken by Councillor Bonavia with
regard to those with No Recourse to Public Funds. He pointed out those who
lacked access to digital technology might be prevented from making Council
Tax reduction claims or from accessing Homesearch facilities.
The Director of Public Services responded by explaining safeguards had been
put in place for the digitally excluded including all Universal Credit claimants.
A comprehensive telephone service was in place for all Homesearch queries.
Councillor Bell, the Cabinet Member for Housing explained that in terms of
assisting rough sleepers the policy was ... view the full minutes text for item 11.
The Key Decision Plan was presented by the Head of Committee Services.
Councillor Curran asked if there were to be any emergency executive
meetings scheduled in August. The Head of Committee Services said none
were currently scheduled but the Mayor could arrange additional meetings if
Councillor Curran noted an update on Climate Emergency plans was not due
until February 2021 and wondered if an earlier consideration might be more
measured. The Head of Committee Services noted the concern raised and
promised to discuss this with the officer responsible.
Councillor Howard noted the proposal to award a 5 year concession contract
at Beckenham Place Park and asked if there could be a review after one year.
The Head of Committee Services reported there was a changed lead officer
for the project and he would consult with him and report back subsequent to
RESOLVED that the report be received.
The Financial Forecasts item considered by the Mayor & Cabinet on July 9
was reviewed by the Business Panel.
Councillor Sorba highlighted the expenditure on residential placements arising
from the Council meeting its legal obligations. He suggested additional
support for Early Help services could bring down the need for residential
The Acting Chief Finance Officer confirmed the growing level of cost pressure
on Children’s Services. The Executive Director for Children & Young People
stated there was a financial recovery plan in place and short and longer term
savings would be achieved centred on Early Help and prevention.
Councilor Codd said the report illustrated a higher demand for Council
services during the pandemic and he asked how pandemic and non-pandemic
costs were allotted. The Director of Financial Services observed this was the
first monitoring report of the financial year and Covid-19 costs needed to be
closely monitored. Accounting codes using widely understood definitions were
being used to that end.
RESOLVED that the report be noted.
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 2006:-
Decision made by the Mayor and Cabinet on 9 July 2020
Decisions Made by the Mayor and Cabinet on 10 June 2020 - closed session
Settlement on outstanding litigation case regarding non-payment of an affordable housing contribution at 99 Plough Way.
The Business Panel further considered this confidential item originally
considered by the Mayor & Cabinet on July 9.
The Panel received a presentation on this case stretching back to 2003 from
the Director of Planning. She explained specialist legal advice had been
obtained and that the recommendation proposed was seen as the only viable
option offering positive advantage to the Council. The Director of Planning laid
out the safeguards put in place in the years following to ensure a repetition of
this case did not occur again.
RESOLVED that the decision of the Mayor & Cabinet be upheld.
The meeting closed at 8.55pm