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Election of Speaker pdf icon PDF 25 KB


Councillor Tauseef Anwar was proposed by Councillor Bill Brown and

seconded by Councillor Joan Millbank.


In accepting his unanimous appointment, the Speaker paid tribute to Cllr Jacq

Paschoud’s contribution over the last two years, as both Chair and then as the

Council’s first Speaker.


RESOLVED that Councillor Tauseef Anwar be elected as Speaker of the

Council for the Municipal Year 2020/2021.



Election of Deputy Speaker pdf icon PDF 25 KB


The election of Councillor Pauline Morrison was proposed by Councillor Bill

Brown and seconded by Councillor


RESOLVED that Councillor Pauline Morrison be elected as Deputy Speaker

of the Council for the Municipal Year 2020-2021.


Declaration of Interests pdf icon PDF 206 KB


There were no  declarations of interest.


Minutes and report of Urgency Committee pdf icon PDF 27 KB

Additional documents:




(1) the minutes of the Council held on 26 February 2020 be approved and

signed as a correct record; and


(2) the recommendations made by the Urgency Committee on April 30 in

respect of the Pay Statement be endorsed.


Announcements or Communications pdf icon PDF 234 KB




The Chair recalled the hundreds of pandemic victims in Lewisham and invited

the Council to observe a minute’s silence to remember those residents no

longer with us, and the impact COVID-19 had on their families and loved



Black Lives Matter


The Mayor spoke in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and

underlined Lewisham’s continuing commitment to racial justice.


Report of the Returning Officer


The Returning Officer reported the resignations of former Councillors Skip

Amrani (Catford South) and Tom Copley (Sydenham).


The Council placed on record its thanks for their service to Lewisham.




The Council noted with sadness the deaths of three persons with close links

to Lewisham, Bill Fitzsimmons, Christine Grice and former Councillor Sylvia

McCartney and asked that their grateful thanks for the service they offered to

public life be recorded in the minutes.


Councillor John Muldoon paid tribute to Bill Fitzsimmons, recounting his

upbringing and Irish heritage and the contributions he had made to civic life.


Councillor Alan Hall remembered Christine Grice, both as a senior Education

Officer and as a Labour Party colleague from Greenwich where she rose to be

Deputy Leader of the Council.


Staffing Changes


The Council noted the departure of staff who had given over 100 years of

service to the Borough and hoped they could be welcomed back post

pandemic for a proper farewell.


Councillor Chris Best paid particular tribute to Kath Nicholson, the retiring

Director of Law who had been at the forefront of every significant event

impacting the Counci during her decades of service.


Local Government Boundary Commission


The Council noted the outcome of the LGBC’s recommendations for new

wards in Lewisham.





The Mayor reported he had appointed Natasha Ricketts, Dawn Atkinson and

Christina Norman, who were all volunteers at the Evelyn Community Store in

Deptford, as Mayoresses of Lewisham for this municipal year. Congratulations

and we all look forward to working with you.


Reappointment of Mayoral Advisers


The Mayor confirmed he had reappointed his existing advisers.


Mayor’s Charity


The Mayor announced the reappointment of the 999 Club as the Mayor’s



Councillor Joani Reid


The Chair welcomedCouncillor Joani Reid to the meeting and

congratulated her on the birth of her daughter, Helena.


Councillor Joan Millbank moved that Councillor Reid be granted an

additional leave of absence in line with the Council’s parental leave

policy.Councillor Kim Powell seconded the proposal and it was


RESOLVED that the proposal to grant Councillor Reid a leave of

absence be agreed.




Councillor Adefiranye proposed the recommendation to agree the Friendship Agreement with Pokhara in Nepal and Councillor John Muldoon seconded the proposal.


RESOLVED that a Friendship Agreement with Pokhara be agreed.



Executive Composition pdf icon PDF 120 KB


The Mayor informed the Chief Executive that the members, listed below, will

continue to serve as members of the Cabinet in the municipal year .


Name                                                            Portfolio


Damien Egan,          Mayor of Lewisham

Cllr Chris Best,         Deputy Mayor of Lewisham and Cabinet Member for

                                    Health and Adult Social Care

Cllr Kevin Bonavia, Cabinet Member for Democracy, Refugees and


Cllr Chris Barnham,Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and School


Cllr Paul Bell,           Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning

Cllr Jonathan Slater,Cabinet Member for the Community Sector

Cllr Amanda de Ryk, Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources

Cllr Joe Dromey,      Cabinet Member for Culture, Jobs and Skills (job share)

Cllr André Bourne   Cabinet Member for Culture, Jobs and Skills (job


Cllr Brenda Dacres  Cabinet Member for Safer Communities

Cllr Sophie McGeevor, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport


RESOLVED thatthe constitution and composition of the Executive for the

municipal year 2020/21 be noted.


Scheme of Delegation pdf icon PDF 199 KB


The Mayor had not made any changes to the existing powers delegated by

him in relation to Executive functions. Existing arrangements were temporarily

suspended to allow the March 25 Mayoral meeting to proceed but were

reinstated as soon as the deployment of the Microsoft Office Teams platform

allowed virtual collective decision making to take place.


RESOLVED to note that there are no changes to the existing Mayoral

Scheme of Delegation in Part VIII of the Council’s Constitution.



Committee Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 26 KB


There were no changes to the terms of reference of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee, Standards Committee or other committees.


RESOLVED to note that there are no changes to the terms of reference of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee, Standards Committee or other committees.


Allocation of Seats 2020 pdf icon PDF 155 KB

Additional documents:


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 Millbank, seconded by Councillor Powell,

Members agreed unanimously to form an Overview and Scrutiny Committee

of all 43 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 43 non-executive

Councillors; and


(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.


Appointments to Committees pdf icon PDF 27 KB

Additional documents:


It was moved by Councillor Millbank and duly seconded by Councillor Powell

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 2020/21.


Council Speaker (1)


Councillor Tauseef Anwar

Council Deputy Speaker (1)


Councillor Pauline Morrison

Planning Committee (A)



Councillor James Walsh (Rushey Green) (Chair)

Councillor Sophie Davis (Forest Hill) (V-Chair)

Councillor Jimi Adefiranye (Brockley)

Councillor Pauline Morrison (Crofton Park)

Councillor Liam Curran (Sydenham)

Councillor Carl Handley (Ladywell)

Councillor Pat Codd (Lewisham Central)

Councillor John Paschoud (Perry Vale)

Councillor Luke Sorba (Telegraph Hill)

Councillor Octavia Holland (Lee Green)


Planning Committee (B)



Councillor Aisling Gallagher (Lewisham Central) Chair

Councillor Alan Smith (Catford South)


Councillor Jim Mallory (Lee Green)

Councillor Leo Gibbons (Forest Hill)

Councillor Tauseef Anwar (Crofton Park)

Councillor Lionel Openshaw (Evelyn)

Councillor Hilary Moore (Grove Park)

Councillor Liz Johnston-Franklin (Ladywell)

Councillor John Muldoon (Rushey Green)

Councillor Sakina Sheikh (Perry Vale)


Planning Committee (C)




Councillor Olurotimi Ogunbadewa (Downham) (Chair)

Councillor Stephen Penfold (Brockley) (Vice-Chair)

Councillor Suzannah Clarke (Grove Park)

Councillor Mark Ingleby (Whitefoot)

Councillor Peter Bernards (Forest Hill)

Councillor James Rathbone (Lee Green)

Councillor Silvana Kelleher (Evelyn)

Councillor Louise Krupski (Rushey Green)

Councillor Paul Maslin (New Cross)

Councillor Jacq Paschoud (Bellingham)


Strategic Planning Committee



Councillor John Paschoud (Chair)

Councillor Leo Gibbons (Vice-Chair)

Councillor Kevin Bonavia

Councillor Andre Bourne

Councillor Suzannah Clarke

Councillor Liam Curran

Councillor Olurotimi Ogunbadewa

Councillor Sakina Sheikh

Councillor James Walsh

Councillor Aisling Gallagher


Licensing (inc Supplementary) Committee




Councillor Eva Stamirowski (Chair)

Councillor Kim Powell (Vice-Chair)

Councillor Colin Elliot

Councillor Caroline Kalu

Councillor Alan Hall

Councillor Sue Hordijenko

Councillor Coral Howard

Councillor Juliet Campbell

Councillor Susan Wise

1 vacancy


Appointments Committee (5)


Councillor Bill Brown

Councillor Louise Krupski

Councillor Kim Powell

2 Cabinet Members


Pensions Investment Committee



Councillor Mark Ingleby (Chair)

Councillor Louise Krupski

Councillor Stephen Penfold

Councillor Paul Maslin

Councillor Patrick Codd

Councillor Chris Best

Councillor Caroline Kalu

Councillor John Muldoon


Health & Safety Committee



Councillor Silvana Kelleher Chair)

Councillor Peter Bernards

Councillor Jim Mallory

Councillor Alan Smith

Councillor Chris Best

1 vacancy


Elections Committee



Councillor Leo Gibbons(Chair)

Councillor Liz Johnston-Franklin

Councillor Jacq Paschoud

Councillor Kevin Bonavia

Councillor Juliet Campbell

Councillor Silvana Kelleher


Standards Committee




Councillor Jimi Adefiranye (Chair)

Councillor Pauline Morrison (Vice-Chair)

Councillor Tauseef Anwar

Councillor Andre Bourne

Councillor Bill Brown

Councillor Sue Hordijenko

Councillor Olurotimi Ogunbadewa

Councillor Jim Mallory

Councillor Pat Codd

Councillor Hilary Moore

Cathy Sullivan

Gill Butler

David Roper Newman

Leslie Thomas

Fasil Bhatti

Joy Walton


Council Urgency Committee (6)



Councillor Tauseef Anwar (Chair)

Councillor Chris Best

Councillor Kevin Bonavia

Councillor Bill Brown

Councillor Joan Millbank

Councillor Jacq Paschoud


Constitution Working Party



Councillor Susan Wise (Chair)

Councillor Kevin Bonavia

Councillor Sophie Davis

Councillor James Walsh

Councillor Obajimi Adefiranye

Councillor Bill Brown


Audit Panel

(6 plus 4 co-optees)



Councillor James Rathbone (Chair)

Councillor Susan Wise  ...  view the full minutes text for item 79.


Appointments to Bodies pdf icon PDF 28 KB

Additional documents:


The Speaker reported there was no bodies where there were more

candidates than places available, the Speaker moved and the Deputy

Speaker seconded a proposal that the tabled schedule of appointments be



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:



Appointment 20/21

Age Concern Reminiscence Theatre

Amanda De Ryk

Albany 2001 Council of Management

Aisling Gallagher

Albion Millennium Green Trust

Sophie Davis

Blackheath Joint Working Party (3)

Kevin Bonavia

Juliet Campbell

Amanda De Ryk

Deptford Challenge Trust 


Lewisham Local History Society

Liam Curran

London Youth Games (2)

Hilary Moore

Alan Smith

Marsha Phoenix Memorial Trust


Trinity Laban

Pat Codd

Our Healthier South East London (OHSEL) JHOSC (2)

John Muldoon

Liz Johnston-Franklin

SLaM Mental Health of Older Adults JHOSC (2)

John Muldoon

James Rathbone

Youth First

Liz Johnston-Franklin





Council Calendar pdf icon PDF 292 KB

Additional documents:


The Speaker, seconded by the Deputy Speaker moved that the

recommendations in the report be approved and it was unanimously:




(1) ordinary meetings of the Council be held on 28 October 2020, 25 November 2020, 20 January 2021, 24 February 2021 and 3 March 2021 (fall back) and that the Annual General Meeting be held on 31 March 2021; and


(2) the attached schedule of meetings (Appendix A) for the municipal year

2020/21 be approved;


(3) the proposed approach to Select Committees set out in section 6 be

noted; and


(4) the schedule of meetings be reviewed by Council in November



Mayoral Appointments 2020 pdf icon PDF 25 KB

Additional documents:


The Speaker proposed and the Deputy Speaker 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

external bodies/committees.




Appointment 20/21 

Brent, Lewisham, Southwark IT Committee (4)  

Kevin Bonavia 

Brenda Dacres 

Amanda de Ryk 

Jonathan Slater 

Children and Young People's Stakeholders Forum (VAL) (2) 

Caroline Kalu 

Chris Barnham 

Children and Young People's Strategic Partnership Board 

Chris Barnham 

Corporate Parenting Group (6) 


Chris Barnham  

Chris Best 

Luke Sorba 

Jacq Paschoud 

Kim Powell 

Andre Bourne  

Groundwork Local Authority Strategic Input Board 

Susan Wise 

Health & Wellbeing Board (2) 

Damien Egan 

Chris Best 

Intercultural Cities: Group Spokesperson  

Jimi Adefiranye 

Joint Street Lighting Committee (2)   

Sophie McGeevor  

Amanda de Ryk 


Lewisham Homes Board (3)? 



Mark Ingleby 

Caroline Kalu 

Susan Wise 

Lewisham College 

Hilary Moore 

Lewisham Local Representative  

Joan Millbank 

Lewisham Safer Neighbourhood Board 

Sakina Sheikh 

Local Government Association – General Assembly (4) 

Damien Egan 

Paul Bell  

Brenda Dacres 

Juliet Campbell 

London Councils           

(a) Leaders’ Committee 

(b) Grants Committee 

(c)Greater London Employment Forum 

(d) Transport & Environment Committee 


Damien Egan /  Kevin Bonavia 

Jonathan Slater / Amanda de Ryk 

Amanda de Ryk / Kevin Bonavia 

Sophie McGeevor / Brenda Dacres 

London Road Safety Council (2)? 

Tauseef Anwar 

John Paschoud 

Newable (Greater London Enterprise)  

Joe Dromey 

New Cross Gate Trust  

Joan Millbank 

Phoenix Community Housing Association (2)? 

Sue Hordijenko 


Positive Ageing Council Steering Group 

Coral Howard 

Safer Lewisham Partnership 

Brenda Dacres 

Social Services Fostering Panel  

Jacq Paschoud 

South East London Combined Heat & Power (SELCHP) Board 

Liam Curran 

Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE)?(3)? 

Hilary Moore 

Jacq Paschoud 

Liz Johnston-Franklin 

London South East Flood Risk Partnership 

Sophie McGeevor 

Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association 

Jacq Paschoud

Works Council 

All Members of Cabinet except the Mayor 




Air Quality Champion

Louise Krupski

Evening and Night Time Economy Champion

Pat Codd

Women’s Night Time Safety Champion

Octavia Holland

Mental Health Champion

James Rathbone

Cycling Champion

Mark Ingleby

Armed Forces champion

Kevin Bonavia

Heritage champion

Chris Best











Changes to the Constitution - virtual meetings pdf icon PDF 336 KB


Councillor Susan Wise moved that the recommendations be approved

and this was seconded by Councillor Kevin Bonavia and it was then



RESOLVED that the Constitution be amended to include the procedure rules at Appendix 1 in part C – Council Procedure Rules.  



Annual Mayoral Report pdf icon PDF 127 KB


The Mayor delivered the address shown below. Following his address, the

Council was addressed by the outgoing Mayoress, Barbara Gray, who

reported with gratitude the many highlights of her year in office.


“Thank you Speaker and congratulations on your election. I look forward to

working with you over the year ahead and I join you in paying tribute to Cllr

Jacq Paschoud who has been an excellent Speaker and ambassador for our

borough. Thank you Jacq.


This is an AGM like no other. Unimaginable, only a few months ago.


I would like to thank all those who have worked so hard to make sure tonight’s

AGM can take place.


I do of course want to add my condolences to not just on my behalf, but on

behalf of all the council and our thoughts are with all the 260 Lewisham

residents have died due to coronavirus and very many more have been ill with

the virus.


Our thoughts are with the family and friends of all those who have lost loved



Tragedy and hope


We are in unprecedented times. With much uncertainty ahead.


The last four months have been ones of anxiety and tragedy.


But they have also been ones of heroism and hope.


And we have seen our community come together like never before.


I am hugely proud of the way our council has responded to this crisis, and I

am proud that this is in large part thanks to hard work of volunteers.


It’s no surprise that the first mutual aid groups sprung up here in Lewisham.


When I set up a Just Giving to raise money for a local food bank our

community stepped forward and donated £128,000.


And our volunteers have help us get food and medicine to any of our 10,000

shielded residents who needed help.


In many ways this has been the ‘year of the volunteer’ and to highlight the

incredible role volunteers continue to play, I have appointed this year not one,

but three Mayoresses - Natasha Ricketts, Dawn Atkinson and Christina



Three incredible women who run the Evelyn Community Store in Deptford. A

food project that has supported 100s of families in need.


And I want to say all our volunteers and those who have given so much these

last few months, you know who you are, thank you.


In contrast: the Government response


But we have an even more challenging time ahead of us as we face the reality

of a much reduced council budget – and the bills aren’t all in yet.


We know people have already lost their jobs, income and businesses.


At the Council when you add lost income to new costs then the cost of Covid

has already cost Lewisham Council £53m.


Now, at the beginning of lockdown, I joined other council leaders from across

the country on a call with the Secretary of State.


The message from Government could not have been clearer: he said that the

Government would do “whatever is  ...  view the full minutes text for item 84.


Overview & Scrutiny Committee AGM


Strategic Planning Committee AGM


Planning Committee A AGM


Planning Committee B AGM


Planning Committee C AGM


Licensing Committee AGM


Standards Committee AGM