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RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on January 20 2021 be
confirmed and signed as a correct record.
Councillors Wise, Kalu and Ingleby declared personal interests in Item 7 as
Directors of Lewisham Homes.
Councillor Jacq Paschoud declared a personal interest in item 7 as a close
relative of a person receiving a package of social care support from the
Council, as a Trustee of the Ravensbourne Project and as a Trustee and
Governor of the Brent Knoll and Watergate Trust. Councillor John Paschoud
made a corresponding declaration as the husband of a Councillor with these
interests and also declared a further interest as a Trustee and Governor of
Parkwood Hall Co-operative Academy where the Council purchases places
for SEN children.
Councillor Johnston-Franklin declared a personal interest in Item 7 as a
Council appointed representative on Youth First.
Councillor Sue Hordijenko RIP
The Mayor led the tributes to Councillor Sue Hordijenko who has died
unexpectedly. The Mayor remembered Councillor Hordijenko as a particularly
nice person who never uttered cross words and who was genuinely excited to
fulfil her role as a public representative. He extended his condolences to
Councillor Hordijenko’s family.
Councillor Jacq Paschoud, a Ward colleague in Bellingham, praised her as
someone who had made a real difference in the community earning a
reputation as a problem solver who had tackled a myriad of housing issues.
Councillor Alan Hall, also a Ward colleague, remembered her as a
charismatic supporter of local residents exemplified by the support she had
given to the family of a murdered young man in the locality. He told of the
pride she took in her Irish and Ukrainian roots. He recalled her involvement
with the British Science Association which had led to her appearance on
Newsnight wearing a dress made from used cigarette ends. She was
portayed as an activist even shortly before her death taking part in the Bell
Councillor Caroline Kalu thought of her as a selfless, generous person with an
unwavering commitment to family and friends. As a fellow member of the
Licensing Committee she had seen how caring and loyal she had been and
knew she would be greatly missed.
Councillor Liam Curran said Sue Hordijenko had always commanded
attention with her red hair, laugh and generousity. She was a bon vivir, cat
lover and fiercely intelligent having been Director of Programmes at the British
Science Association. He pointed out the lengthy tributes to her on the BSA
website which gave greater depth about her life prior to her 2016 election as a
Councillor. Above all, Councillor Curran remembered her as a friend and
Councillor Curran then read out a statement prepared by Councillor
Hordijenko’s cousin and then the Council viewed a musical photographic
montage of her life.
All present concluded the tribute by observing a minute of silence.
Councillor Joe Dromey
The Council noted Councillor Joe Dromey had announced he was to resign from the Council to take on a new full time role as Director of Central London Forward (CLF). Cllr Dromey represented New Cross from 2014 and served as Cabinet Member for Culture, Jobs and Skills (job share) from 2018. He also served as Cabinet Member for Policy, Performance and Communications between 2014 and 2018.
London Mayoral and Assembly Member elections – May 2021
The Council noted the 2021 London Mayoral and Assembly Member elections
would be held on Thursday 6May 2021. The Council was encouraging
residents to register to vote by post to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
The Council noted the next Census Day was Sunday 21March 2021.
International Women’s Day
Councillor Millbank confirmed International Women’s Day would take place on
Monday 8 March, with this year’s theme being ‘Choose to Challenge’. Councillor
Millbank said details of the programme would be shown at:
Councillor Mark Ingleby presented a petition bearing 88 names from residents
of Oakshade Road and nearby streets objecting to the re-routing of the 336
bus without consultation, claiming that this had resulted in significant traffic
54 questions were received from members of the public which were
answered by the Cabinet Member indicated. Thirty minutes were made
available at the meeting for questioners to raise supplementary questions.
A copy of the questions and answers was circulated separately and can be
viewed on the Council website with the meeting papers.
18 questions were received from Councillors which were answered by the
Cabinet Members indicated. A copy of the questions and answers was
circulated separately and can be viewed on the Council’s website with the
The Budget proposals were introduced by the Mayor who pointed out that in
addition to enforced governmental austerity, the Council also faced the
incredible financial strain arising from the Covid 19 pandemic. He believed
only the election of a future Labour Government would permit rational
budgetary planning to take place. He paid particular thanks to Councillor De
Ryk and to the Executive Director for Corporate Resources and her senior
staff for their help throughout the budget setting process.
The Mayor confirmed that he was proposing a Council Tax rise of 4.99% and
that a balanced budget would be achieved without calling upon reserves.
The Mayor further confirmed that he did not intend to vary the budget
proposals he had already fully set out at Mayor and Cabinet on February 3
and 10 and which did not require further amendment.
A motion that the proposals be accepted was moved by the Cabinet
Member for Resources, Councillor Amanda De Ryk and seconded by the
Chair of the Public Accounts Select Committee, Councillor Pat Codd.
During the debate on the budget the 5 minute limit on speeches for the Mayor
and Councillors De Ryk and Codd was suspended.
Under the provisions of the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England)
(Amendment) Regulations 2014, a recorded vote was conducted on this item
with the following result:
In favour 47
Damien Egan (Mayor), Obajimi Adefiranye, Tauseef Anwar, Chris Barnham, Paul Bell, Peter Bernards, Chris Best, Kevin Bonavia, Andre Bourne, Bill Brown, Juliet Campbell, Suzannah Clarke, Patrick Codd, Liam Curran, Brenda Dacres, Amanda De Ryk, Joe Dromey, Colin Elliott, Aisling Gallagher, Leo Gibbons, Alan Hall, Carl Handley, Octavia Holland, Su Coral Howard, Mark Ingleby, Liz Johnston-Franklin, Caroline Kalu, Silvana Kelleher, Louise Krupski, Jim Mallory, Paul Maslin, Sophie McGeevor, Joan Millbank, Hilary Moore, Pauline Morrison, John Muldoon, Jacq Paschoud, John Paschoud, Kim Powell, James Rathbone, Joani Reid, Sakina Sheikh, Jonathan Slater, Alan Smith, Luke Sorba, Eva Stamirowski, James-J Walsh and Susan Wise.
1.1 RESOLVED that the Council approves the recommendations shown below in respect of the 2021/22 Budget;
1.2 That, having considered the views of those consulted on the budget, and subject to proper process, as required, Council:
1.3 notes the projected overall variance of £3.2m (or 1.3%) against the agreed 2020/21 revenue budget of £248.714m as set out in section 6 of this report and that any year-end overspend will be met from corporate reserves and provisions;
1.4 endorse the budget cut proposals of £28.016m as per the Mayor and Cabinet meetings of the 9 December 2020 and 3 February 2020, as set out in section 6 of the report and summarised in Appendix Y1 and Y2;
1.5 agree the allocation of £6.500m in 2021/22 be set aside and use of £1.500m reduced contribution for concessionary fares for corporate risks and pressures;
1.6 agree the allocation of £19.685m of corporate risks and pressures, social care precept, new homes bonus, social care grant, lower tier grant and legacy s31 monies in 2021/22 to be ... view the full minutes text for item 128.
The motion was moved by Councillor Sheikh and seconded
by Councillor McGeevor . Following a contribution from Councillor Curran the
motion was then put to the vote and declared to be unanimously carried.
RESOLVED that the following motion be agreed:
Adopting the UN Sustainable Development Global Goals Motion
Lewisham Council notes:
(i) The importance of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
that address the global challenges we face including poverty, inequality,
climate, environmental degradation and prosperity.
(ii) That we have a decade of action if we are to deliver the Goals by 2030.
(iii) That in 2019 the cross-party Local Government Association unanimously
adopted a motion recognising the vital role that councils could play in
planning, implementation and monitoring the UK’s progress on meeting the
ambitions of the Agenda 2030.
Lewisham Council believes:
(i) That all levels of government work together and that local government is a
key component to successful domestic implementation of the SDGs.
(ii) The holistic framework the SDGs offers is significant and the importance of
looking at the challenges for the planet and people in a holistic and systems
way. Each of the goals are intrinsically linked which will require coordinated,
(iii) That Lewisham Council’s existing work complements the priorities of the
SDGs. For example, the council’s Climate Emergency Action Plan addresses
goals: SDG 3 good health and well-being, SDG 7 affordable and clean
energy, SDG 10 reduced inequalities, SDG 11 sustainable cities and
communities, SDG 12 responsible consumption and production, SDG 13
climate action and SDG 15 life on land.
Lewisham Council resolves to:
(i) Lobby central government for them to recognise the vital role local
government must play in terms of the planning, implementation and
monitoring in local areas, and fully resource councils to do that work, to
deliver the UK’s progress on meeting the ambitions of the 2030 Agenda.
(ii) Recognising that we will only be able to achieve the Goals by working with
local partners, the Council recommits to engaging our areas through local
partnerships and with our citizens to share research and engagement with our
networks, partners and citizens, particularly given our sector’s continuing
(iii) Formalise our commitment to the Goals and therefore adopt the
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), agreeing to pursue the Goals in the
work undertaken by the Council.
(iv) Work to map out which targets are relevant using the LGA and UKSSD
Sustainable Development Guide.
The Mayor informed the Council that the members, listed below, will serve as
members of the Cabinet in the remainder of this municipal year.
RESOLVED that the constitution and composition of the Executive for
the municipal year 2020/21 be noted.
The meeting closed at 10.04pm