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(iii) Declaration of discussion items by the Majority and Opposition parties
The Mayor welcomed the attendees to the meeting and advised that this was the most important in the Council year and because of the importance of the decisions being made, the rules around questions would be changed, to allow the meeting to focus on the budget.
(i) Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were
received from Councillors Andrews, Comer-Schwartz,
Hull, Kaseki and Ngongo.
The order of business was not
The Mayor congratulated Darey Cletus and Diana Lucia Gomez Paniagua on their election as Young Mayor and Young Deputy Mayor and looked forward to working with them.
Finally, the Mayor thanked everyone who supported the charity dinner on 11 February to celebrate Chinese New Year. The figures have not been finalised yet, but the Mayor estimated that at least £2,000 had been raised for Music First.
Councillor Watts thanked the Mayor and advised that following the Local Government Finance Settlement announced in December, which promised further cuts to the council’s budget by central government of £17M per year until 2020, by which time 70% of the council’s funding will have been lost, he had called upon to government give some help to the most deprived areas of the country. He had therefore been relieved when the government announced some additional funding for the councils that had been hardest hit by the cuts, only to find out that the councils receiving the funding were the big counties; Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, where David Cameron’s constituency is, all of which had proportionally much smaller cuts than Islington, whilst councils with high levels of deprivation, like Liverpool, Manchester and Islington got nothing.
Councillor Watts also said that the new Housing Bill was going to be one of the most damaging bits of legislation ever introduced. It includes, ‘Pay to Stay’ forcing families to pay near-to or full market rent, it proposes an end to secure tenancies and it forces the council to sell family homes. Councillor Watts advised that Councillor Murray had done a great deal of work and led the opposition to this Bill and we are working with other boroughs to show the damaging effect of council house sales. Councillor Watts advised that we’ve led marches, worked with the unions, given evidence and appeared in the media. We are calling a public meeting between 6.30 – 8pm on Tuesday 8 March. It is primarily for tenants, but everyone is welcome. Councillor Watts also invited everyone to join the rally against the Bill on 13 March advising that we will fight to protect tenants from the worst excesses of the government.
Councillor Watts advised that the
government have succeeded in removing 600,000 people off the
electoral register through the new individual electoral
registration system, but thanks to the hard work of the Electoral
Services team here only 1,600 people in Islington have been lost
off the register, a much smaller percentage than the national
average or that of neighbouring boroughs. Councillor Watts thanked the team for ensuring
that people in the borough retained their democratic
Councillor Poole presented a petition on behalf of the residents of Compton Avenue and Hydes Place requesting that Compton Avenue become access only and for speed restrictions to be installed to prevent it being used as a rat run.
QUESTIONS FROM MEMBERS OF THE
Councillor O’Halloran seconded.
The motion was put to vote and
Question (a) from Kiat Phua to Councillor Claudia Webbe, Executive Member for Environment and Transport:
Many parents are alarmed by the traffic accident outside Archway Children's Centre, Vorley Road on 28 Jan 2016. A speeding car spun 360 degrees and hit barriers outside the nursery entrance as it headed out to Junction Road. I understand the one-way traffic system on Vorley Road will be reversed from 2016/17. Could the Council make Vorley Road safer by banning left turns from Junction Road as part of the traffic reversal; and look into separating Vorley Road from MacDonald Road as part of the longer-term plan for more affordable housing in the area?
I was shocked to hear about the accident that took place outside the Children’s Centre on Vorley Road. The council takes the safety of all road users seriously. Speeding is unacceptable and will be controlled. We will arrange for speed surveys to be undertaken on Vorley Road to assess vehicle speeds.
The transformation of the Archway Gyratory will of course see the bus stands currently located opposite the Children’s Centre on Vorley Road moved to on-street locations, which will allow the Council to deliver new much needed affordable homes for local people right here in the heart of the Archway town centre.
The relocation of the bus stands and the significant reduction in the number of buses on Vorley Road should help I think to improve safety on Vorley Road, in particular directly outside the Children’s Centre where buses currently pull out of the bus stand.
Whilst banning the left turn is not in the initial road scheme, I am certainly open to the idea of doing so, but after we’ve understood how the traffic actually behaves. There are some difficulties that would be created if we did ban the left turn, in particular for Bredgar Road, where Hargrave Park School is located. I therefore want to make sure that banning the left turn, which is entirely within the powers of the Council, would be fully justified, before consulting on a proposal to introduce such a change. We don’t have a crystal ball so we will monitor traffic flows closely with TfL and review how the scheme is working up to and including 6 months. It’s at that point when we will look at whether to ban the left turn from Junction Road.
I hope that ultimately the changes to traffic ... view the full minutes text for item 92.
Councillor Perry moved the recommendations in the report. Councillor Poyser seconded.
The recommendations were put to the vote and
Councillor Watts moved the
recommendations in the report.
Councillor Burgess seconded.
The amendment was LOST.
The second amendment was put the
vote. Voting was recorded as
The amendment was LOST.
The recommendations in the report were put to
the vote. Voting was recorded as
The recommendations were CARRIED.
The General Fund Budget 2016-17 and MTFS (Section 3 of the report)
1.1 That the 2016-17 net Council cash limits as set out in Table 1 (Paragraph 3.1.4 of the report) and the MTFS at Appendix A of the report, which includes the revenue savings in Appendix B of the report and revenue growth of £0.5m for investment in keeping the borough’s young people safe, be agreed.
1.2 That the report of the Policy and Performance Scrutiny Committee on 21st January 2016 in reviewing the ‘Budget Proposals 2016-17’ be noted.
1.3 That the requirement to report on the number of maintained schools that have completed the Schools Value Financial Standard (SVFS) by 31st March to the Department for Education by 31st May each year (Paragraph 3.2.13 of the report) be noted.
1.4 That the fees and charges policy and the schedule of 2016-17 fees and charges be agreed, and that the delegated authority for the Corporate Director of Children's Services, in consultation with the Executive Member for Children and Families, to agree new childcare charges following consultation in the summer term be noted. (Paragraphs 3.2.14-17 and Appendices C1 and C2 of the report).
That the Council’s policy on the level of
General Fund balances and the estimated use of the Council’s
earmarked reserves be agreed (Paragraphs 3.2.19-21 and Table 3 of
The HRA Budget and MTFS (Section 4 of the report)
1.6 That the balanced HRA 2016-17 budget ... view the full minutes text for item 94.