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Apologies for Absence
Apologies were received from Councillor Raphael Andrews.
Declarations of Substitute Members
There were no declarations of substitute members
Declarations of Interest
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This applies to all members present at the meeting.
There were no declarations of interest.
That the minutes of the meeting held on 25 April 2017 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.
REGENERATION OF RETAIL AREAS - ( To Follow)
The Head of Economic Development, Projects and Transport
Planning presented the report to the Committee.
· The Committee agreed that in light of the recommendations that emanated from the Islington Fairness Commission on issues around corporate social responsibility and evidence gathered during its scrutiny exercise, it would be appropriate to include a recommendation that encouraged firms and businesses within the borough to undertake its social responsibility of assisting young people seriously.
· A suggestion to include a recommendation about the cost and speed of broadband, not only to businesses but to street traders, was agreed, although it was understood that the Council does not have direct control over this.
· The draft recommendation in relation to parking to be reworded. Consideration to be given to supporting businesses by providing sufficient loading bays in and around retail areas rather than a recommendation reviewing Council parking policy and its pay-and-display parking. It was noted that the borough was well served by public transport for visitors, so car usage should not be encouraged.
· On the issue of business rates, the Committee requested that an update would be provided once there was more clarity on Central Government’s devolution proposals for business rates.
· In response to a question on whether the Council could protect existing businesses from being dislocated due to rent increases, especially after the regeneration of retail areas had been completed, Members were advised that the Council had no control over private rents. With new developments the Council could in some instances secure affordable workspace and through its planning policies, the Council also had some control over the size of new retail units, securing smaller units that were more affordable by virtue of their size.
· A suggestion to include a recommendation that both the Council and businesses continue to work together to address the removal of waste concerns was agreed.
· A recommendation that businesses consider consolidating their deliveries was agreed; a practice which has had a positive impact in the West End area of London by reducing traffic and congestion as firms and businesses have coordinated their suppliers in terms of deliveries and the removal of waste.
It was agreed that recommendations in the draft
report and additional recommendations raised in the report be
circulated to all members of the Committee before its full
consideration at the July meeting.
That the report and the amended draft recommendations be circulated
before the next meeting.
The Technical Services Manager updated Members
on progress of the recommendations of the July 2016 Environment and
Regeneration Scrutiny Committee report on CCTV.
Members were advised that CCTV works and door entry replacement
works were undertaken in line with the Council’s asset
management strategy to replace life expired components when work
Minor ancillary works like tree pruning and other minor security
measures such as bollards, isolated lightning improvements, entry
gates and works to door entry systems were now addressed by the
concierge, estate services and ASB team, however in the future
these issues would be considered as part of the major works
In response to a question on issues of privacy and effectiveness,
the Technical Services Manager informed Committee that yearly
audits were now being undertaken by the Concierge team to
accurately audit the current CCTV provisions in place and a Privacy
Impact Assessment formally assess the ongoing need for CCTV and any
subsequent changes to the system in line with current
Members were informed that information/data from CCTV surveillance
was shared among partners especially with regards to addressing
anti-social behaviour and that in the future input from other
stakeholders such as the Police and Crime Prevention Officers would
be included into information that would feed into the process of
designing CCTV equipment.
Officers acknowledged that recent CCTV schemes had highlighted the
need for an improvement in dialogue with residents especially on
promoting the benefits of CCTV monitoring and the cost. The use of
electronic notice boards, electronic communication in conjunction
with established methods such as resident project meetings would
ensure transparency especially with the residents.
With regard to the use of mobile CCTV, the meeting was advised that
it was important to recognise that the dynamics of crime and
anti-social behaviour tended to move especially where there were
crime convictions in specific areas and that mobile CCTV has the
advantage of being more responsive to the movement of crime and
In response to a question on the effectiveness of CCTV monitoring,
members were informed that evidence gathered especially from
Tenancy Management Systems was used when undertaking enforcement
actions against tenants. Similarly in cases where CCTV was being
managed by concierges, potential crimes were reported to the
That the report be noted.
The Chair invited members to consider topics
or aspects of the Council services for the Committee to scrutinise
during the 2017/18 Municipal Year and suggested that Members take
the opportunity to speak to relevant officers before the next
That an update on Air Quality be included on the agenda for the
That site visits to the Gillespie Park and the Bunhill Heat and Power Energy centre be arranged by