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Councillor John Muldoon declared a non pecuniary personal interest in Item
10 as a member of the Institute of Directors.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on September 29 2021 be
confirmed and signed as a correct record.
The Speaker welcomed to the meeting the new Young Mayor, Rosanna
Campbell and Deputy Young Mayor, Olivia Marding.
The Mayor introduced the item and noted this would be a bittersweet moment,
saying goodbye to Femi and Aaliyah the outgoing Young Mayor and Deputy
Young Mayor, while welcoming Rosanna and Olivia the new officeholders.
The Mayor acknowledged that Femi and Aaliyah had been the longest
continuous serving Young Mayor and Deputy Young Mayor. He praised them
for rising to the challenge of serving an extra year through the pandemic, a
task they had completed with professionalism and diligence. The Mayor
thanked Femi for his service and noted he had remained committed to his
education while at the same time promoting faith, family and community.
The Mayor also put on record his thanks to the late Malcolm Ball who had
been instrumental in making the Young Mayor scheme a national and
international success and who was greatly missed.
Councillor Chris Barnham reported on the results of the election which had
drawn 26 candidates from ten schools and witnessed a turn out of over
50%.He said this was only the fourth time out of seventeen elections that a
woman had been elected as Young Mayor. Remarkably for the first time ever
the top five candidates had all been women.
Councillor Barnham recorded his thanks to the Young Mayor’s team, to the
schools involved, to the Mayor and to Femi and Aaliyah for ensuring the
continuous success of the Young Mayor’s scheme.
The new Young Mayor and Deputy Young Mayor then signed their
Declarations of Acceptance of Office and an undertaking to abide by the Code
of Conduct for their respective roles which were witnessed by the Chief
The outgoing Young Mayor then addressed the meeting and said that as a
Lewisham boy he was deeply honoured to have served as Young Mayor and
he was immensely grateful to everyone who had been part of that journey.
He thanked the officers in the Young Mayor’s team and his Deputy, Aaliyah
who had been a great support and problem solver and who had become a
No petitions were presented.
Mayor of Lewisham’s Recognition Award – Alex Yee
The Mayor presented the first ever Mayor of Lewisham’s Recognition Award
to Olympian, Alex Yee, who at the age of 23 had won gold and silver medals
at the Tokyo Olympic Games. He was a former Stillness School pupil, who as
long ago as 2012 had represented Lewisham in the London Youth Games.
In response Alex Yee thanked the Mayor for the amazing award which made
him a proud Brockley boy. He thanked the Borough for all the efforts it had
made to unleash the huge sporting potential that existed in Lewisham.
Obituaries – Derek Wenham and Sir David Amess MP
Councillor Chris Best highlighted the contribution of Derek Wenham who had
served two terms from 1971-78 for the South Lee Ward which was now Grove
The Speaker remembered Sir David Amess MP for Southend West who had
been brutally murdered while engaged in public service.
All present observed a one minute silence in memory of Derek Wenham and
Sir David Amess.
Mayor of Lewisham’s Business Awards
The results of the awards were announced by Councillor Kim Powell.
Mayor’s Awards for Voluntary Contributions 2022
An announcement on the launch of the awards was made by Councillor Kim
Powell and further information was provided by Councillor Joan Millbank who
asked for nominations to be submitted by December 12.
White Ribbon Day 2021
Councillor Brenda Dacres provided further details of this annual event which
was starting the next day with sixteen days of activism against gender based
Councillor Alan Hall referred to a recent article in the Evening Standard which
said the Office for National Statistics had published the first comprehensive
analysis of the impact of violence against women and girls. He asked the
Deputy Mayor if she would publish a report on the new figures relating to
Lewisham for Council scrutiny.
Councillor Dacres responded by acknowledging the role of scrutiny and
saying it was important that the voices of survivors were heard. She indicated
she would investigate the ONS article further.
Councillors Kim Powell, John Muldoon and Joan Millbank all paid tribute to
the outgoing Chief Executive of Lewisham Local Rushey Green Time Bank.
Good Parks for London report
Councillor Patrick Codd reported on Lewisham’s parks and greenspaces
being named ‘best’ in London in the Good Parks for London report.
75 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.
10 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 Amanda De Ryk moved that the recommendations be approved
and this was seconded by Councillor James Rathbone.
Councillor Alan Hall expressed regret that the Value for Money findings would
not be available until next year. Councillor Rathbone explained that the delay
had been as a result of the pandemic and was in line with National Audit
Office recommendations and it was then unanimously:
(1) the adjustments to the financial statements in the Audit Findings Report be
(2) the Action Plan set out be approved;
(3) the Letters of Representation on behalf of the Council be approved;
(4) the Annual Governance Statement (AGS) be approved;
(5) the 2020/21 audited Statement of Accounts (including Main accounts,
Group accounts and Pension Fund accounts) be approved;
(6) delegated authority be given to the Executive Director for Corporate
Resources approval to make final adjustments to the Statement of Accounts if
required by Grant Thornton, prior to the 30 November 2021
Councillor Kevin Bonavia moved that the recommendations be approved and
this was seconded by Councillor John Paschoud and it was then
(1) the Returning Officer’s proposals be received; and
(2) the revised polling scheme be approved for publication on 1 December
Prior to the conclusion of the meeting, Councillor James Walsh confirmed for
the record that an interjection made during Councillor Bell’s contribution did
not emanate from anyone physically present in the Chamber.
The Mayor moved that the recommendations be approved and this was
seconded by Councillor John Muldoon. Following a contribution from
Councillor Paul Bell, it was unanimously:
(1) the appointment of David Austin and Zahur Khan as Directors of the
Catford Regeneration Partnership Limited (CRPL) be endorsed; and
(2) David Austin and Zahur Khan be indemnified as Directors in accordance
with the attached Deed of Indemnity agreed at the inception of the Company.
Councillor Hilary Moore moved that the recommendations be approved and
this was seconded by Councillor Joan Millbank and it was unanimously:
RESOLVED that in accordance with Section 85 of the Local Government Act
1972, Councillor Krupski’s non-attendance at meetings until May 2022 be
approved so as to allow bereavement leave.
The meeting closed at 9.48pm