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Councillors John Paschoud, Maja Hilton, John Muldoon, Susan Wise, Jacq
Paschoud, Alan Till, Obami Adefiranye, Pauline Morrison, and Peter
Bernhards all declared a personal interest in Item 9 as members of the Co-
Councillors Luke Sorba, Alan Hall and John Muldoon declared a personal
interest in Item 8 as a Governor of the SLaM NHS Foundation Trust.
Councillor Susan Wise declared a personal interest in Item 8 as a Governor of
the Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
Councillor Alan Hall declared an interest in Item 9 as Chair of the Lewisham
Co-operative Party and as a member of the London Co-operative Party
Council and as a Board Member of Phoenix Community Housing.
Councillors Susan Wise, Joan Reid and Gareth Siddorn declared a personal
interest in Item 9 as Board Members of Lewisham Homes.
Councillor Jonathan Slater declared a personal interest in Item 9 as a Board
Member of Phoenix Community Housing.
Councillor John Coughlin declared a personal interest in Item 9 as a member
of the Brockley Tenants Co-operative.
Councillor Carl Handley declared a personal interest in Item 9 as a Governor
at Watergate School which was part of the Brent Knoll Co-operative Trust.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on March 27 2017 be
confirmed and signed as a correct record.
The Chair referred to the abortive meeting held on June 21 and informed the
Council that a petition had been received from Councillor Hilary Moore, who
could not be present on the rearranged date. The petition bore approximately
300 names and was in support of the construction of a GP surgery at 54
Chinbrook Road. Councillor Colin Elliott presented additional petition
correspondence bearing the names of a further 119 supporters.
Councillor Maja Hilton, on behalf of Jenny O’Shea presented a petition
bearing 309 names asking the Council for an alteration to the planned
regeneration works on Dartmouth Road.
Shaka Anderson, on behalf of Lewisham Education Group presented a
petition bearing approximately 1620 names calling on the Council to establish
regular forums with schools and the Council on ways to tackle the attainment
issue in the borough and for involvement in the independent panel for
Councillor Mark Ingleby presented a petition bearing 27 names from the
Whitefoot Assembly calling on the Council to answer phonecalls within a
reasonable time scale.
Sean Lowrie, a resident of Wallbutton Road, presented a petition from local
residents bearing approximately 300 names calling on the Council to take
down the mobile phone mast which they believed had been illegally installed
on Forsythia House on Pendrell Road.
Anna Finch-Smith, on behalf of a number of residents of Grove Park,
presented a petition bearing 305 names in opposition to a planning application
that has been submitted for the demolition of a 6 bedroom house at 54
Chinbrook Road named Bethany House and replace it with a new 4 storey
Councillor Alan Hall presented a petition bearing 640 names opposing further
retail development at Bell Green thus ensuring the survival of the Bell Green
The Chair pointed out that since the last meeting there had been a series of
tragic events which had been marked by the Council. These were the
Manchester bombing, the attack at London Bridge in the neighbouring
borough of Southwark, the Grenfell Tower disaster and the Finsbury Park
Mosque assault have all impacted on our nation.
The Mayor addressed the Council on these tragic events and expressed his
admiration for the national response to the outrages which he stated would
have frustrated the intentions of the terrorists. His remarks were echoed by
Councillor De Ryk.
All present observed a 1 minute silence in memory of those who have lost
their lives in the events described and also in memory of Joanne Britton and
Maria Dalrymple whose deaths were reported in the written report.
Refugee Week 2017
The Chair reported the Council had welcomed the families which it had
formally resettled under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement and
Vulnerable Children’s Resettlement Schemes at a reception in Laurence
House on June 21. He reported Lewisham had welcomed a total of 4 Syrian
refugee families and 2 Iraqi families, the latter selected for reasons related to
their children’s special needs. Two more Syrian families were expected this
week. Many of the groups who had been involved in the welcome of the
families, such as Lewisham Citizens and the Diocese of Southwark, took
part in a visit to Lewisham’s German twin town, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf,
in May. A total of 27 Lewisham community members and officers participated
in the trip, which was funded by the European Commission’s ‘Europe for
Citizens’ programme, and was entitled ‘Migration and Integration: Local
Cooperation in Action’. The group – led by Councillor Kevin Bonavia - learned
how Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf had been resettling the thousands of
migrants and refugees arriving in the last couple of years through its distinct
approaches to housing, language classes, educational provision and
community participation. The group was also joined by representatives of our
French twin town, Antony.
Councillor Kevin Bonavia reported on efforts made to welcome refugees so
far and on the intention to continue with assistance to those in need.
The Mayor updated the Council on involvement with Grenfell Tower and fire
safety in Lewisham.
He stated advice on cladding in Lewisham had been rapidly received following
the calamity in Kensington & Chelsea. Three buildings in Lewisham had been
identified as have cladding of the same kind as at Grenfell Tower. Meetings
had been held with tenants who were assured fire safety teams were to be in
the blocks 24 hours a day and inspections carried out by the London Fire
Brigade. The Mayor also reported on assistance given to Housing
Associations and private sector landlords.
The Mayor informed the Council that the Chief Executive had been seconded
to the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea to lead recovery efforts. Other
officers had been deployed there on a part or full time basis. This assistance
was likely to continue for a considerable time. Additionally a ... view the full minutes text for item 89.
67 questions were received from the following members of the public which
were answered by the Cabinet Member indicated. A copy of the questions
and answers was circulated separately and can be viewed on the Council
website with the meeting papers.
13 questions were received from the following 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.
The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Alan Smith, moved that the recommendations
be approved and this was seconded by the Chair of the Overview & Scrutiny
Business Panel, Councillor Alan Hall and it was:
(1) the 2017/18 Business Plan for the Catford Regeneration Partnership
Limited (CRPL) be approved; and
(2) the resolution of the Overview & Scrutiny Business Panel to direct the
Constitution Working Party to review the governance of Catford Regeneration
Partnership Limited, with a view to increase the current number of Directors to
include a non-Executive Member be endorsed.
The Chair of the Healthier Communities Select Committee, Councillor John
Muldoon, moved that the recommendations be approved and this was
seconded by the Vice-Chair of the Healthier Communities Select Committee,
Councillor Susan Wise and it was:
(1) the creation of a JHOSC with the participant authorities being Lambeth,
Southwark, Croydon and Lewisham, with the terms of reference as set out be
(2) Councillors John Muldoon and Alan Hall be appointed to sit on the joint
(3) that the councillors appointed to the JHOSC be able to nominate
substitutes to attend meetings of the JHOSC in their place in the event that
they are unable to attend.
(4) the terms of reference not include the power to make a report to the
Secretary of State (under regulation 23(9) of the Regulations in relation to the
proposal from SLaM for Lambeth, Southwark, Croydon and Lewisham
An amendment received before the deadline on the day before the meeting to
delete all of the text of the original motion and insert the text shown below was
accepted by the mover and seconder.
The motion was moved by Councillor Curran and seconded by Councillor
Handley. Following contributions from Councillors Hall, Wise, Coughlin and
Kennedy, the motion was then put to the vote and declared to be unanimously
RESOLVED that the following motion be agreed:
“Lewisham Council believes that co-operatives play a vital role both in our
borough and across the UK in strengthening communities and giving
members a say in how their businesses and organizations are run. Almost
17.5 million people own the UK's cooperatives and co-operatives contribute
£34.1 billion a year to the UK economy.
“The Council salutes the recent Co-operative Fortnight and takes the
opportunity to welcome the work done by all cooperatives in the borough
including Phoenix Community Housing which is to be congratulated for being
recognized as an Investor in People, for being a London Living Wage
employer, for being nominated as a Top Ten Landlord in the 24housing
magazine awards and also winning the award for the UK’s best landlord for
tenant involvement in the UK Housing Awards 2017.
“We also commend Lewisham Plus Credit Union which celebrates its 25th
anniversary this year. We note that in its first year it granted 32 loans,
achieved 100 members and savings of over £20,000. By 2016 the Credit
Union had over 10,000 adult members, over 1500 junior members, had
granted over 5,000 loans and achieved savings approaching nearly £5m
“These facts reveal the true power of co-operation and we thank all those who
have worked hard to achieve this success that builds stability, co-operation
and resilience in our community.”
The meeting closed at 9.11pm.