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Contact: Kevin Flaherty 


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Minutes pdf icon PDF 26 KB


RESOLVED that the minutes of the meetings held on May 26 2021 be

confirmed and signed as correct records.


Declaration of Interests pdf icon PDF 205 KB


Councillor John Paschoud declared a personal interest in Item 7 as a close

family member held an NHS role. He also declared a personal interest in Item

6 as a close family member was receiving a package of Adult Social Care

support. Councillor Jacq Paschoud declared corresponding interests as his



Councillor Liam Curran declared a personal interest in Item 6 as a Director of

the Baring Trust.


Councillor Mark Ingleby declared a personal interest in Item 6 as Chair of the

Friends of the Grove Park Nature Reserve and as a member of the Fabian



Announcements or Communications pdf icon PDF 114 KB




The Council was notified of the deaths of former staff members Gloria Phillips

and Malcolm Ball.


The Mayor paid tribute to Malcolm Ball noting his incredible contribution to

Lewisham and expressing deepest gratitude for the contributions he had

made. He praised his deep commitment to public service rooted in a Deptford

experience and illustrated by his involvement with the internationally

acclaimed Young Mayor programme which former Mayor Sir Steve Bullock

claimed as his proudest achievement. The Mayor indicated that thought would

be given to ways in which Malcolm’s legacy could be commemorated by the



Malcolm Ball’s partner, Amanda Brown responded to the words of the Mayor

by saying how touched she had been by them and also by the tribute website 

and the compilation of a treasured photo album. She thanked the Council for

inviting her to the meeting and for the tribute offered to Malcolm.


All present observed a 1 minute silence in memory of Gloria Phillips and

Malcolm Ball.


Staffing matters


The Council marked the retirement of two long serving Council officers, Kevin

Sheehan and Ralph Wilkinson and  and noted the resignation of the Director

of Law, Suki Binjal.


Tokyo Olympic Games


The Council sent its best wishes to Alex Yee from Lewisham who was

competing in the Triathlon.


Petitions pdf icon PDF 127 KB


Councillor Stephen Penfold presented a 22 page petition requesting extra

street lighting for Lucas Street SE4.


Public questions pdf icon PDF 25 KB

Additional documents:


70 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.



Member questions pdf icon PDF 26 KB

Additional documents:


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

meeting papers.



Motions pdf icon PDF 166 KB


The first motion was moved by Councillor Bonavia and seconded

by Councillor Latouche . Following contributions from Councillor Slater and

Speaker Anwar the motion was then put to the vote and declared to be clearly

carried. Councillor Gibbons asked that his vote in abstention be recorded.


RESOLVED that the following motion be agreed:


1. Adopting the All Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims

working definition of Islamophobia


This council notes:


           The huge contribution that Muslim residents make to the borough

whether that is through the participation of civic life, contributions to voluntary

work or cultural events.


           This council is a borough of sanctuary, which is proud of its diversity

and standing against all forms of racism


           In 2019/20 over 50% of religious hate crimes recorded by the police

was targeted towards Muslims (Home Office, 2020)


This council resolves to:


1.         Adopt the All Party Parliamentary Group on British Muslims working

definition of Islamophobia:


 “Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets

expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.”


Contemporary examples of Islamophobia in public life, the media, schools, the

workplace, and in encounters between religions and non-religions in the

public sphere could, taking into account the overall context, include, but are

not limited to:


           Calling for, aiding, instigating or justifying the killing or harming of

Muslims in the name of a racist/ fascist ideology, or an extremist view of



           Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical

allegations about Muslims as such, or of Muslims as a collective group, such

as, especially but not exclusively, conspiracies about Muslim entryism in

politics, government or other societal institutions; the myth of Muslim identity

having a unique propensity for terrorism, and claims of a demographic ‘threat’

posed by Muslims or of a ‘Muslim takeover’.


           Accusing Muslims as a group of being responsible for real or imagined

wrongdoing committed by a single Muslim person or group of Muslim

individuals, or even for acts committed by non-Muslims.

           Accusing Muslims as a group, or Muslim majority states, of inventing or

exaggerating Islamophobia, ethnic cleansing or genocide perpetrated against



           Accusing Muslim citizens of being more loyal to the ‘Ummah

(transnational Muslim community) or to their countries of origin, or to the

alleged priorities of Muslims worldwide, than to the interests of their own



           Denying Muslim populations the right to self-determination e.g., by

claiming that the existence of an independent Palestine or Kashmir is a

terrorist endeavour.


           Applying double standards by requiring of Muslims behaviours that are

not expected or demanded of any other groups in society, e.g. loyalty tests.


           Using the symbols and images associated with classic Islamophobia


           Holding Muslims collectively responsible for the actions of any Muslim

majority state, whether secular or constitutionally Islamic.


The second motion was moved by Councillor Walsh and seconded

by Councillor Kalu. Following a contribution from Councillor Smith the motion

was then put  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25.


Parental Leave Councillor McGeevor pdf icon PDF 230 KB


Councillor Joan Millbank moved that the recommendations be approved and

this was seconded by Councillor Hilary Moore and it was then unanimously:


RESOLVED that the Council in accordance with Section 85 of the Local

Government Act 1972, approves Councillor McGeevor’s non-attendance at

meetings until the end of January 2022 so as to accommodate her parental



Executive Composition pdf icon PDF 211 KB


The Mayor informed the Council that the members, listed below, will serve as

members of the Cabinet in the remainder of this municipal year.





Damien Egan


Mayor of Lewisham

Cllr Brenda Dacres


Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Safer Communities

Cllr Chris Barnham


Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and School Performance


Cllr Paul Bell


Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning

Cllr Chris Best

Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care


Cllr Kevin Bonavia

Cabinet Member for Democracy, Refugees and Accountability


Cllr André Bourne

Cabinet Member for Culture


Cllr Pat Codd

Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport


Cllr Kim Powell

Cabinet Member for Business and Community Wealth Building


Cllr Amanda de Ryk

Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources




Proposed Champions – July 2021


Air Quality champion

Cllr Samantha Latouche 

Evening & Night Time Economy champion

Cllr James-J Walsh 

Women’s Night Time Safety champion

Cllr Octavia Holland

Mental Health champion

Cllr James Rathbone

Cycling champion

Cllr Mark Ingleby

Armed Forces champion

Cllr Kevin Bonavia

Heritage champion

Cllr Chris Best



RESOLVED that the constitution and composition of the Executive for the

municipal year 2021/22 be noted.



The meeting closed at 9.32pm