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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.
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.
There were no declarations of interest.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
The Mayor informed the Chief Executive that the members, listed below, will
continue to serve as members of the Cabinet in the municipal year .
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.
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.
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.
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
(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.
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.
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:
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
(4) the schedule of meetings be reviewed by Council in November
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
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.
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
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