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RESOLVED that Councillor Adefiranye be elected as Chair and Councillor
Alan Till be elected as Vice-Chair for the municipal year 2015-16.
In the absence of the Chair, the meeting was chaired by the Vice-Chair.
None were made.
RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting held on 20 October 2011 be
confirmed and signed as a correct record.
RESOLVED that in accordance with Regulation 4(2)(b) of the Local
Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meetings and Access to
Information)(England) Regulations 2012 and under Section 100(A)(4) of the
Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the
meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve
the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs [3, 4 and
5] of Part 1 of Schedule 12(A) of the Act, and the public interest in maintaining
the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information
5. Milford Towers Lease Extension.
The meeting was convened as the Executive Director for Customer Services
had advised a decision was required before the Council meeting in
September. This was because the leasing arrangement was to expire in
December and sufficient time was required to apply to the Secretary of State
for permission to extend. Meeting urgently greatly reduced the risk that
permission would not be received in time.
The Executive Director for Customer Services representative presented the
confidential report. He recalled that in 2011 the Mayor had agreed to decant
the Milford Towers block above the shopping centre in Catford, and
subsequently entered into a leasing arrangement so that the homes that had
been decanted could be made available on a short term basis to local
residents at an intermediate rent. He stated the leasing arrangement was
initially scheduled to complete at the end of 2015, as demolition in advance of
the long term regeneration of the town centre was expected to start in 2016.
However, as a result of an on-going options review, including into the potential
to re-site the South Circular road, this date has now been moved back and
vacant possession is no longer required at the end of 2015.Therefore on 15
July 2015 the Mayor had considered an update on the operation of the leasing
scheme in place at Milford Towers and agreed that the leasing scheme should
be extended for three years, with an annual review arrangement, subject to
the Council receiving Secretary of State’s consent to do so under Section 32
of the Housing Act 1985.
The Urgency Committee was advised that any application for disposal
consent under Section 32 required Council approval. Following questioning of
officers the Urgency Committee, acting for the Council, agreed that an
application be made to the Secretary of State for permission under Section 32
of the Housing Act 1985.
(1) the environmental and financial benefits of the leasing arrangement with
Notting Hill and the rationale for extending the current arrangements be noted;
(2) the decision made by the Mayor on 15 July 2015 to approve the extension
of the leasing arrangement for up to a further three years to December 2018,
with reviews to be held annually, and the ability for both parties to end the
arrangement at the annual review stage be noted;
(3) the Mayor’s recommendation to Council that an application to the
Secretary of State for permission under Section 32 of the Housing Act 1985 to
extend the leasing arrangement in this manner be noted; and
(4) the Council should apply to the Secretary of State for permission under
Section 32 of the Housing Act 1985 to extend the leasing arrangement in the
manner set out.
The meeting closed at 6.38pm.