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RESOLVED that the minutes of the meetings held on July 21 2021 be
confirmed and signed as a correct record.
The Speaker reported he had been notified of a public petition by Mr Martin
North from the Evelyn Ward. Mr North was unable to present but had
delivered the petition to Laurence House earlier in the day. The petition
highlighted litter and rubbish dumping associated with unregulated HMOs and
called for an Article 4 designation.
RESOLVED that the Executive Director of Housing, Regeneration and Public
Realm be asked to respond to the petition.
Obituaries - Peter Walsh and Sabina Nessa
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Brenda Dacres, paid tribute to Pete Walsh who
she had first met when he was Head Teacher at Forest Hill School and she
was serving as the PTA Secretary. She fondly remembered his passion for
the school and his students and his active promotion of ethnic minority pupils
and the strides made to support autistic students which ensured he was both
well loved and respected.
Councillor Alan Hall remembered Pete Walsh as both a teacher and a
community leader who had proved to be an active Chair of the Millwall
Community Trust. Councillor Hall suggested that his contribution to the
borough should be recognised in some way.
The Deputy Mayor reported the recent shocking death of Sabina Nessa, a
Year 1 teacher at Rushey Green Primary School. Sabina was widely reported
to be a well loved and respected Lewisham teacher who had been the victim
of a vicious and unprovoked attack. The Deputy Mayor reflected on the impact
such an incident would have had on her family, friends, colleagues and the
young children in her school.
Everyone in attendance observed a 1 minute silence in memory of Peter
Walsh and Sabina Nessa.
MJ Awards and Supporting Afghan Refugees
Councillor Kevin Bonavia underlined the Council’s continuing commitment to
being a Borough of Sanctuary and thanked the organisations and individuals
who were supporting Lewisham’s efforts.
London Marathon 2021
The Mayor reported he and his partner Yossi and two Council Officers would
be taking part in the London Marathon in support of the 999 Club with a target
of raising £5,000. He added any financial support that could be given would
be most appreciated.
Tokyo Olympics and London Youth Games
Councillor Hilary Moore provided further details of the successes achieved by
Lewisham youngsters over a range of sports.
Black History Month
The Deputy Mayor gave details of the wide range of events taking place
during Black History Month which could be viewed in further detail on the
Council website and on social media.
Councillor Obajimi Adefiranye recounted the background to Black History
Month and that Lewisham in 1995 had been one of the first boroughs to
World Homelessness Day
Councillor Paul Bell announced this was due to take place on October 10.
59 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.
15 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
Councillor Paul Bell moved that the recommendations be approved and
this was seconded by Councillor John Muldoon. Following a contribution from
Councillor Alan Hall, who added his tribute to retiring Director, Selwyn
Thompson, it was then unanimously:
(1) the 2020-2023 Business Plan for the Catford Regeneration Partnership
Limited be endorsed; and
(2) the proposed budget to deliver the Business Plan be noted and that an
annual update be provided to Mayor and Cabinet in line with the Company’s
Articles of Association.
Planning Committee A
Councillor Joan Millbank moved and Councillor Hilary Moore seconded that
the nomination shown below be approved:
RESOLVED that Councillor Jonathan Slater be appointed as a member of
Planning Committee A
Joint Croydon and Lewisham Joint Street Lighting Committee
The Speaker moved and the Deputy Speaker seconded a proposal that an
appointment made by the Mayor be noted.
RESOLVED that the appointment of Councillor Patrick Codd to the Joint
Croydon and Lewisham Joint Street Lighting Committee be noted.
The Speaker moved and the Deputy Speaker seconded a proposal that his
decision to exempt a report on the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme
from the Scrutiny process be noted.
RESOLVED that the action taken by the Speaker of the Council be noted.
The meeting closed at 9.04pm