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That the minutes of the Council meeting on 26 February 2015 be confirmed as a correct record and the Mayor be authorised to sign them.
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Apologies for absence
Order of Business
Declaration of Discussion
Length of Speeches
Councillor Watts, Leader of the Council noted
that this was the first full Council meeting since the tragic death
of Alan Cartwright and commended the Police for bringing charges so
swiftly and the community for uniting to fight knife crime and
ensuring that the Council and Police play their part. The Leader thanked all those residents who
participated in the vigorous and constructive debate at the Crime
Summit on 14 March and who committed to work together to defeat
Councillor Watts advised that Transport for
London have, after a lengthy campaign, agreed to pilot a 20 mile
per hour speed limit on some red routes in the borough, which will
be enforced by the Police. The Leader
also advised that unfortunately he was also appalled by Transport
for London’s plans to close Tufnell Park station for eight
months to replace the lifts and the lack of consultation prior to
the announcement. Local Councillors
have been working hard campaigning with Jeremy Corbyn MP and would continue until Transport for
London listen to the local community.
Councillor Watts advised this is the last meeting before the General Election and urged colleagues to ensure residents are registered to vote; we need to do all we can to ensure a high level of participation.
Celebrating 50 Years of Islington Council
Councillor Watts introduced the item advising this year is the borough’s 50th Birthday. Islington and Finsbury were bought together in 1965, following the 1963 Local Government Act which introduced the biggest changes in local government in London since 1900. In 1965 an average house in Islington cost £3,365.
Councillor Greening spoke about the differences between Finsbury and Islington in 1965. In 1965 they were very different places and many Finsbury Councillors tried hard to avoid a merger with Islington and looked at a merger with Shoreditch and the City instead. Finsbury still had many factories and industrial sites; 90% of noise complaints were about factories rather than pubs and clubs. Both boroughs had significant ethnic minority communities, largely drawn from Cyprus and the Caribbean and both communities faced prejudice and difficulties with housing. Finsbury was also a much more radical Council; the bust of Lenin which was once in Finsbury Town Hall is now back in Finsbury in the Library. The differences between the Councillors from the two boroughs reduced in the early 1970s when Islington became more radical.
Bridget Stark and Dr Jonathan Foyle presented a petition requesting a new consultation on the proposed new visitor centre in Caledonian Park.
Young Mayor and Young Deputy Mayor - Welcome and Presentation of Badges
The Mayor presented the Young Mayor, Taiga Asada, and the Young Deputy Mayor, Abu Mensah, with their badges of office.
What is the Council doing to encourage young people to register to vote and to engage with the upcoming election?
Thank you for your very
important and timely question. The
Government has introduced a significant change to our electoral
system, by requiring individual voter registration. Nationally one billion people have been lost from
the electoral register and this has created real challenges for the
Council, especially regarding young people. We are working with the University and Colleges
and student unions to encourage everyone to register. The Electoral Services team here do a very good
job and are putting in a lot of time and effort. I would also ask our Youth Councillors to do their
bit and spread the word as well.
Question 2 Youth Councillor Abu Mensah to Councillor Asima Shaikh, Executive Member for Economic and Community Development.
How many apprenticeships have been created in Islington Council over the last year? If you were in Parliament, what would you do to support young people into apprenticeships?
Thank you for your question, especially as it relates to one of our key priorities. 45 Apprenticeships have been created and we are committed to create 200 by 2018. We launched the apprenticeship scheme in 2009 and pay participants the London Living Wage. Of the 45 apprentices we currently have, more than half are from BAME backgrounds. The apprenticeships give people valuable experience and some have gained permanent employment with the Council. We are very committed and doing all we can, but we need to get government to do much more; we want to see every company getting a government contract providing apprenticeships.
Question 3 Youth Councillor Taiga Asada to Councillor Richard Watts, Leader of the Council.
We were told that Islington has been recognised by Stonewall as an excellent employer for LGBT staff. Why do you think it has improved so much, moving from 66th in 2014 to 13th in 2015?
Thank you for your
question. We are very proud to be in
the top fifteen employers. Islington
has a reputation as a tolerant and diverse borough and there are
two or three things we do here which do make a
difference. We support the staff forum
and hold the History Months, but we can do more; we are very clear
that where discrimination still exists we will do more to combat
it. We were very proud to fly the LGBT
and Transgender flags and we were the first council in the country
to host a gay marriage, which was an honour to attend. We will continue to fight for equality across the
Question 4 Youth Councillor Tanjina Uddin to Councillor Janet Burgess, Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing.
The Youth Council recognises the importance of local health services. What is the Council doing to raise awareness of these services among young people and how are these services engaging with schools?
Questions from Members of the Public
Question 1. Anita Frizzarin to Councillor Claudia Webbe, Executive Member for Environment and Transport
What is Islington Council’s Policy on
Thank you for your
question. We take equality absolutely
seriously and are directly accountable for our actions and
Councillor Comer, our Equalities Champion interrogates the Council
to ensure we are firmly on agenda. We ensure that our policies and
our activities take equality very seriously. The policy is contained in part in the Council's
Transport Strategy, which recognises health and disability are
important factors in people’s mobility. We work with developers and designers to ensure
that disability and cycling remain at the forefront of what we
do. Equality is not an added extra; it
is integral to all our policies. I hope
you are getting a clear response and that I’m sending a clear
message that equalities remain at the forefront of what we do as a
This is the third time I’ve been asked this question. The campaign is about a school place crises and we don’t have one here; we can manage the places we need for the future. If we joined, we would be working to support a campaign about a lack of school places when we have enough. We aren’t opening a Free School, the City of London are, there has been a lot of development in the south of the borough, but where there is pressure on places we are providing more locally; the need is localised.
With the election on May
7th and just a handful of Tories, the choice is really
just Labour or Green, so what is Labour’s Educational
Councillor Poyser to Councillor
Convery, Executive Member for Community
Thank you for your question. I’d like to thank David and Ros Miller from the Faiths Forum for campaigning on this issue. Work on a suicide prevention plan is progressing and it is important that we recognise and respond to suicide risks and our local action plan, the Local Crisis Care Concordat provides support for those who display suicidal behaviour. Any suicide is a tragedy that affects family and friends. In the public realm they can have a very big impact indeed and dozens of people can be affected. Over the last two years there has been intense pressure and we now have agreement from Transport for London (TfL), Haringey Council and English Heritage to install anti jump fencing on the bridge, although there is some opposition from the Highgate Society and local Lib-Dem Councillors. We also requested that TfL install CCTV on the bridge and they are funding the installation of this. The CCTV will be linked through to our control room so we can respond quickly if anyone on the bridge appears to be agitated and finally, we have also spoken to the Samaritans about signs; there are some already installed but these are very small and we are seeing if these can be made more visible.
Convery aware that Bristol Council
have halved the number of suicides from
the Clifton Suspension Bridge?
Where a motion concerns an executive function, nothing passed can be actioned until approved by the Executive or an officer with the relevant delegated power.
2. We Need a Fair Deal for Islington
3. Islington to apply to the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation (VPR) Scheme for funding to host Syrian families.
1 MOTION - GIVING EVERY YOUNG PERSON THE BEST START
Councillor Picknell moved the motion, seconded
by Councillor Turan. Councillor
Caluori and Councillor Nick Ward
contributed to the debate.
The recommendations were put to the vote and
2. To make representations to government to
allow the council to open new local authority maintained schools in
the borough that can help provide future generations with high
2 MOTION – WE NEED A FAIR DEAL FOR ISLINGTON
Councillor Wayne moved the motion, seconded by Councillor Williamson. Councillors Heather, Russell, Chowdhury and O’Halloran contributed to the debate.
The recommendations were put to the vote and
- Islington to apply to the Syrian
Councillor Russell moved the motion. Councillor Watts moved an amendment to the motion. Councillor Kaseki seconded the amendment. Councillors Safi-Ngongo and Ismail contributed to the debate.
The recommendations in the amended motion were
put to the vote and CARRIED.
To play a part in this important national and international initiative to respond to the suffering and trauma of refugee families; building on the dialogue that has taken place between the Leader of the Council and Citizens over recent months.
To work with any appropriate community and faith groups that wish to accommodate refugees and to co-ordinate necessary support.
To liaise with neighbouring authorities and all interested parties, including our MEPs, local MPs and housing associations, to make representations to the Government for it to provide adequate financial support to meet the costs of accommodating refugees, in-light of the caps on housing benefit and the benefit cap more generally imposed by the current Government.
Councillor Alice Perry, seconded by Councillor Poyser, moved the recommendations in the revised report.
The recommendations were put to
the vote and carried.
1. Amendment to the
Parks Operations Manager
Area Parks Manager
Area Parks Manager
Area Parks Manager
Parks & Open Spaces Manager
Out of hours ASB Team
Street Management Officer
Senior Animal Welfare Officer
Animal Welfare Assistant
Air Quality Officer
Construction Impacts Monitoring Officer
Noise Officer (licensing)
Daytime Response and Patrol Manager
Senior Street Management Officer
Daytime Response and Patrol officer
MAGPI Neighbourhood Officer
2. APPOINTMENT TO ISLINGTON HEALTH AND WELLBEING BOARD
That Ms Sorrel Brookes be appointed to Islington Health and Wellbeing Board, as the Lay Vice-Chair of Islington CCG, for a period of one year, or until a successor is appointed, be agreed.